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Printmaking is an artistic technique in which several images are made from an original or from a specially prepared surface. Prints are the images that are produced by this process. Prints are a type of edition which refers to a work created from a master version, sculptures, for example, sculptures can also come in editions. Prints are original works although they are not necessarily always signed by the artist. They are created with the help of an industrial or mechanised process. There are numerous types of prints, such as lithography, serigraphy or screen printing, engraving...The print's number out of the total is always detailed on the work as '15/100' for example, in order to indicate the work's uniqueness. The work's exclusivity and value varies depending on the number of editions and whether it has been signed by the artist or not. Producing limited editions means that artworks made by renown artists in modern and contemporary art are made more accessible to a larger audience, without taking away from the quality and rarity of the piece. Certificate of authenticities are important when it comes to editions and prints as this helps to prevent fraudulent copies.

It is important to remember that the editions produced today in the art world were only made possible thanks to the key technological progress that was made in the printing industry throughout history. These advances became more accessible by the 19th century, and in particular thanks to the lithographs produced during the Art Nouveau period following the 1900 International Exhibition in Paris. This process, which first appeared in Germany in the 18th century, has various different uses including press illustrations (thanks to its rapid production rate) and art reproduction. Lithography is a chemical process which is based on the immiscibility of water and a fat-based substance. The subject is drawn onto a stone with ink, and once it has been moistened and covered with a greasy ink. As the initial ink is hydrophobic it only clings to the drawing and is repelled by the wet areas. Paper is applied to the stone and then a printing press is used to transfer the drawing onto its surface. Over time the technique has evolved and been perfected.

Certain artists, such as Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, use this technique to create several copies of an original artwork. Others use it to reproduce older works. In the 20th century, some of the great masters including Picasso and Miro worked with lithography to create numerous posters which they often used for their own exhibitions.

Alongside lithography, there is also silk screening. Invented in China during the Song dynasty (962-1279), it didn't reach the United States until the 19th century and it was introduced to Europe after the Second World War. In 1920s Berlin, Kodloff and Biegeleisen were the first to test it by printing on paper and named the process “Siedbruck". From 1938 onwards, prints took over serigraphy thanks to the work of Guy MacCoy but its popularity truly started to soar with the pioneers of Pop Art, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.In France, the silk screen posters made by the students taking part in the May 68 protests gave this art technique an almost legendary status.

Digital technology now has a role to play in all of these processes and digital printing currently makes up a key part of the art market. It allows for the creation of high-quality images in a short period of time and this has multiplied the creative possibilities for artists. There are also of course, several other older techniques which are still used today including etching, engraving, woodblock carving and drypoint.

In this category you will find figurative and abstract artworks, portraits as well as landscapes, Pop Art and Minimalism, made by young and renowned artists alike. Artsper's collection includes works from famous artists such as Damien Hirst, Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Miss Tic, and Sol LeWitt. Don't forget to take a look at the work of some of our lesser known artists who are just as talented as their more well-established counterparts, including Nathan Chantob and Rero...

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Prints

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Shepard Fairey (Obey), Chinese Soldiers, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Chinese Soldiers, 2006
24 x 18.1 inch
Print

$1,391

M.Chat, Coffret de luxe - PARISEOUL - n°79, Print

M.Chat

Coffret de luxe - PARISEOUL - n°79, 2019
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$354

RNST, RESIST, Print

RNST

RESIST, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$556

André Saraiva, Ménage à Trois ou Quatre 4, Print

André Saraiva

Ménage à Trois ou Quatre 4, 2020
31.5 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Print

$885

Valerio Adami, Lire, Print

Valerio Adami

Lire, 2009
9.1 x 5.5 inch
Print

$379

Corneille, Le seigneur de la savane, Print

Corneille

Le seigneur de la savane, 1997
18.9 x 14.2 inch
Print

$379

Takashi Murakami, Homage to IKB 1957 E Yellow, Print

Takashi Murakami

Homage to IKB 1957 E Yellow, 2020
27.2 x 20.9 inch
Print

$2,980

Paxal, Le baiser remix / Tribute to Klimt, Print

Paxal

Le baiser remix / Tribute to Klimt, 2021
25.2 x 25.2 inch
Print

$316

Salvador Dali, Don Quixote & Sancho Panza Sancho Panza, Print

Salvador Dali

Don Quixote & Sancho Panza Sancho Panza, 1971
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$6,500

Vincent Sabatier, Campbell, Print

Vincent Sabatier

Campbell, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$206 $411

Mr. Brainwash, Ali American Hero, Print

Mr. Brainwash

Ali American Hero, 2019
55 x 43 inch
Print

$6,400

Bisco Smith, As Above So Below, Print

Bisco Smith

As Above So Below, 2019
29.9 x 22.4 inch
Print

$1,012

Taki 183, I Heart NY: Red Edition, Print

Taki 183

I Heart NY: Red Edition, 2021
20.1 x 20.1 inch
Print

$506

La Robotte, Oeuvre à porter n°01 - Janvier - L'attente, Print

La Robotte

Oeuvre à porter n°01 - Janvier - L'attente, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$367

Bruno Boffa, Barbie Gold, Print

Bruno Boffa

Barbie Gold, 2020
31.1 x 25.6 x 1.6 inch
Print

$2,782

Neno Ramos, Bal masqué 2020, Print

Neno Ramos

Bal masqué 2020, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,500

Joëlle Acoulon, Sans titre, 11/4/2021, Print

Joëlle Acoulon

Sans titre, 11/4/2021, 2021
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Print

$689

Joan Miró, Serie Mallorca nº X, Print

Joan Miró

Serie Mallorca nº X, 1973
28 x 33.5 inch
Print

$11,383

Pierre Alechinsky, Galactic Flying Objects, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Galactic Flying Objects, 1978
25.5 x 18.5 inch
Print

$750

Léon Spilliaert, Femme au bord de l'eau, 1910 | Woman at the Shoreline, 1910, Print

Léon Spilliaert

Femme au bord de l'eau, 1910 | Woman at the Shoreline, 1910, 2021
23.2 x 28.3 inch
Print

$949

Cryptik, Rumi, Print

Cryptik

Rumi, 2021
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$2,024

Luigi Veronesi, Composition, Print

Luigi Veronesi

Composition, 1975
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$1,024

Michael Kagan, In Memory, Print

Michael Kagan

In Memory, 2020
14 x 14 inch
Print

$4,048

Emily Berger, Rubato #10, Print

Emily Berger

Rubato #10, 2019
25.7 x 19.8 inch
Print

$1,619

Alberto Magnelli, Abstract Brown Composition, Print

Alberto Magnelli

Abstract Brown Composition, 1970
24.4 x 18.7 x 0 inch
Print

$1,518

Nick Walker, Vandalism Light Blue Transparent D, Print

Nick Walker

Vandalism Light Blue Transparent D, 2020
28 x 24.8 inch
Print

$2,529

Sandra Chevrier, La Cage et le Pouvoir des Dieux, Print

Sandra Chevrier

La Cage et le Pouvoir des Dieux, 2017
30.7 x 24 inch
Print

$2,213

Marianne Ratier, Lapin, Print

Marianne Ratier

Lapin, 2015
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$51

César Andrade, Linigrama 205, Print

César Andrade

Linigrama 205, 1986
20.5 x 16.5 inch
Print

$2,529

Yaacov Agam, Checker, Print

Yaacov Agam

Checker, 1970
12.5 x 15 inch
Print

$3,500

Jean Cocteau, Double Face, Print

Jean Cocteau

Double Face, 1960
22 x 30 inch
Print

$2,250

Marc Chagall, Cantique de David, Print

Marc Chagall

Cantique de David, 1960
28 x 25 inch
Print

$16,520

Albena Vatcheva, I was beautiful, Print

Albena Vatcheva

I was beautiful, 2021
16.5 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Print

$113 $124

Max Steven Grossman, Rock SR, Print

Max Steven Grossman

Rock SR, 2021
37 x 75 x 2 inch
Print

15,000 - $ 25,000

John Matos Crash, X-Men Suite: Wolverine; Storm; Magento; Cyclops (Four Artworks), Print

John Matos Crash

X-Men Suite: Wolverine; Storm; Magento; Cyclops (Four Artworks), 2000
24 x 18 inch
Print

$3,500

Stefanie Schneider, Stefanie Schneider's Coupe Plate 'Haley and the Birds', Print

Stefanie Schneider

Stefanie Schneider's Coupe Plate 'Haley and the Birds', 2021
10.5 x 10.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$885

Jim Bird, Tribute to Vasarely 1, Print

Jim Bird

Tribute to Vasarely 1, 1972
24 x 24 inch
Print

$367

Hans Hartung, L 162, Print

Hans Hartung

L 162, 1965
15.2 x 22.2 x 0 inch
Print

$1,518

Bernard Buffet, Un Clown, Print

Bernard Buffet

Un Clown, 1968
28.5 x 20 inch
Print

$2,000

Jean Arp, Soleil recerclé, Print

Jean Arp

Soleil recerclé, 1966
18.3 x 14.4 inch
Print

$3,035

Louis Toffoli, Le pont, Print

Louis Toffoli

Le pont, 1907
29.9 x 22 x 0.1 inch
Print

$632

Tattoo Art M, SL Sophia Loren MMXIII, Print

Tattoo Art M

SL Sophia Loren MMXIII, 2013
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$569

David Hockney, Lathe and Fire, Print

David Hockney

Lathe and Fire, 1969
6.3 x 6.7 inch
Print

$3,604

Richard Levine, Lucy Psychedelic, Print

Richard Levine

Lucy Psychedelic, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$287

Romain Duris, Longue bouche habitée, Print

Romain Duris

Longue bouche habitée, 2017
9.4 x 12.6 inch
Print

$885

Sol LeWitt, A form driven from a rectangular solid (juventudes musicales portfolio), Print

Sol LeWitt

A form driven from a rectangular solid (juventudes musicales portfolio), 1992
29.5 x 21.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$10,118

Pure Evil, Marilyn Classic (Pink), Print

Pure Evil

Marilyn Classic (Pink), 2021
33.5 x 27.6 inch
Print

$538

Jef Aérosol, This world is (y)our world, Print

Jef Aérosol

This world is (y)our world, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Print

$860

Seth, Pionnier, Print

Seth

Pionnier, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,328

Mark Kostabi, Merger and Acquisitions, Print

Mark Kostabi

Merger and Acquisitions, 1988
39 x 27.5 x 0.3 inch
Print

$1,500

Françoise Pétrovitch, La fille au caillou, Print

Françoise Pétrovitch

La fille au caillou, 2011
18.3 x 24.4 x 0 inch
Print

$1,391

Alain Vaissière, Double Face, Print

Alain Vaissière

Double Face, 2021
45.3 x 45.3 x 0.4 inch
Print

$3,794

Conrad Marca-Relli, Composition 11, Print

Conrad Marca-Relli

Composition 11, 1977
22.2 x 30.3 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,391

Nick Veasey, C17 Jeep surfer, Print

Nick Veasey

C17 Jeep surfer, 2021
21 x 42.5 x 2 inch
Print

10,000 - $ 15,000

FAILE, Visions Victoire, Print

FAILE

Visions Victoire, 2017
39.4 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$1,518

Dface, Romance, Print

Dface

Romance, 2020
29.1 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$2,517

Finbarr DAC, Selenaia, Print

Finbarr DAC

Selenaia, 2019
29.9 x 22 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,265

Charles Lapicque, Composition I, Print

Charles Lapicque

Composition I, 1962
25.2 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,391

TRUST. iCON, BOX OF CHOCOLATES, Print

TRUST. iCON

BOX OF CHOCOLATES, 2021
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$696

Alëxone, Chevauche ton tigre, Print

Alëxone

Chevauche ton tigre, 2020
23.6 x 30.7 inch
Print

$696

Margaret Keane, Complicated Lady, Print

Margaret Keane

Complicated Lady, 1995
36 x 24 inch
Print

$3,668

Henri Goetz, Jaune, Print

Henri Goetz

Jaune, 1970
9.4 x 13.8 inch
Print

$190

Agent X, Butterfly 74, Print

Agent X

Butterfly 74, 2021
28.3 x 39.8 inch
Print

$1,031

C215, Yoda XL, Print

C215

Yoda XL, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Print

$822

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