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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), Resurrectionem Ex-Mortuis, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Resurrectionem Ex-Mortuis, 2020
7 x 7 x 0.2 inch
Print

$226

JonOne, Kid's World, Print

JonOne

Kid's World, 2021
23.6 x 17.7 inch
Print

$1,382

C215, Yoda XL, Print

C215

Yoda XL, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Print

$816

M.Chat, Coffret de luxe - PARISEOUL - n°17, Print

M.Chat

Coffret de luxe - PARISEOUL - n°17, 2019
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$352

RNST, Kid of The Dark Night, Print

RNST

Kid of The Dark Night, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$188

André Saraiva, Ménage à Trois ou Quatre 1, Print

André Saraiva

Ménage à Trois ou Quatre 1, 2020
31.5 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Print

$879

Hervé Di Rosa, Mozart Rouge, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

Mozart Rouge, 2019
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$741

Valerio Adami, Dessiner, Print

Valerio Adami

Dessiner, 2002
8 x 6.7 inch
Print

$377

Clet Abraham, Racine, Print

Clet Abraham

Racine, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$126

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Le Marin, Print

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Le Marin, 2021
23.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$251

Hom Nguyen, Human, Print

Hom Nguyen

Human, 2020
48 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Print

2,500 - $ 5,000

Our recommendations Takashi Murakami, Kyoto: Korin, Print

Takashi Murakami

Kyoto: Korin, 2020
30 x 28.3 inch
Print

$3,423

Paxal, Le baiser remix / Tribute to Klimt, Print

Paxal

Le baiser remix / Tribute to Klimt, 2021
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Print

$314

Gavin Mitchell, Skatepark I (Small Format), Print

Gavin Mitchell

Skatepark I (Small Format), 2020
19.7 x 13.8 x 0 inch
Print

$440

Vincent Sabatier, Campbell, Print

Vincent Sabatier

Campbell, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$205 $408

Mr. Brainwash, Charlie Chaplin, Print

Mr. Brainwash

Charlie Chaplin, 2016
29.9 x 22.4 inch
Print

$2,713 $3,015

Bruno Boffa, Rock Me, Print

Bruno Boffa

Rock Me, 2020
49.2 x 39.4 x 1 inch
Print

$3,266

Kenny Random, The collector (Invader), Print

Kenny Random

The collector (Invader), 2019
16.5 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,256

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

$942

Joan Miró, Serie Mallorca nº X, Print

Joan Miró

Serie Mallorca nº X, 1973
28 x 33.5 inch
Print

$11,305

Cryptik, Rumi, Print

Cryptik

Rumi, 2021
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$2,010

JR, 28 Millimètres, Women Are Heroes, Action dans la Favela Morro da Providência, Favela de Jour, Rio de Janeiro, Brésil, Print

JR

28 Millimètres, Women Are Heroes, Action dans la Favela Morro da Providência, Favela de Jour, Rio de Janeiro, Brésil, 2017
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$4,396

Madame, Derrière chaque citadelle, Print

Madame

Derrière chaque citadelle, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$126

Pierre Alechinsky, Griserie à minuit 1, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Griserie à minuit 1, 2019
19.5 x 15.7 inch
Print

$1,118

Laetitia B., Oh! là ! là, Print

Laetitia B.

Oh! là ! là, 2021
29.1 x 22.8 x 2.4 inch
Print

$1,413 $1,570

Victor Vasarely, Composition cubique, Print

Victor Vasarely

Composition cubique, 1906
27.2 x 15.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,884

Christiane Vleugels, Hope 40/100, Print

Christiane Vleugels

Hope 40/100, 2020
47.2 x 35.4 inch
Print

10,000 - $ 15,000

César Andrade, Linigrama 205, Print

César Andrade

Linigrama 205, 1989
20.5 x 16.5 inch
Print

$2,512

Kurar, Lifestyle, Print

Kurar

Lifestyle, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$1,162

David Ferreira, Prise de tête, Print

David Ferreira

Prise de tête, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$678 $754

Jean Miotte, Concept Hieratique, Print

Jean Miotte

Concept Hieratique, 1992
36.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$754

Poppins, Underpass, Print

Poppins

Underpass, 2020
31.5 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Print

$4,647

Arantzazu Martinez, From here, Print

Arantzazu Martinez

From here, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Print

$3,517

Albena Vatcheva, La belle, Print

Albena Vatcheva

La belle, 2021
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$57 $63

Lucio Forte, Wolf Cubs, Print

Lucio Forte

Wolf Cubs, 1997
8.3 x 11.7 x 0 inch
Print

$100

Max Ernst, Lieux Commun - Portfolio, Print

Max Ernst

Lieux Commun - Portfolio, 1971
20.5 x 14.6 x 0.8 inch
Print

$3,015

Marta Zawadzka, Frida, Print

Marta Zawadzka

Frida, 2021
24 x 20.1 x 0 inch
Print

$528

Jim Bird, Tribute to Vasarely, Print

Jim Bird

Tribute to Vasarely, 1972
26.8 x 26.8 inch
Print

$314

Henri Matisse, Tête de Femme (Fribourg livres illustrés 25; Claude Duthuit 23), 1948, Print

Henri Matisse

Tête de Femme (Fribourg livres illustrés 25; Claude Duthuit 23), 1948, 1948
9.75 x 7.5 inch
Print

$24,500

Hans Hartung, L 162, Print

Hans Hartung

L 162, 1965
15.2 x 22.2 x 0 inch
Print

$1,507

Jean Arp, Soleil recerclé, Print

Jean Arp

Soleil recerclé, 1966
18.3 x 14.4 inch
Print

$3,015

Alexander Calder, Cinq Boules et Deux Serpents, Print

Alexander Calder

Cinq Boules et Deux Serpents, 1965
20.5 x 28.75 inch
Print

$14,500

Bram van Velde, Le bonheur de Matisse, Print

Bram van Velde

Le bonheur de Matisse, 1981
38 x 25.5 x 0 inch
Print

$4,019

Romain Duris, Ring bouche, Print

Romain Duris

Ring bouche, 2017
9.4 x 12.6 inch
Print

$879

Antoni Tapies, La grande grise, Print

Antoni Tapies

La grande grise, 1968
60.2 x 40.9 inch
Print

$14,947

Diederik Van Apple, Mona Li$a, Print

Diederik Van Apple

Mona Li$a, 2020
29.5 x 70.9 x 1.6 inch
Print

$4,962

Dran, La Patineuse, Print

Dran

La Patineuse, 2018
16.5 x 11.7 inch
Print

$879

Antoine Josse, Le Chasseur de Nuages, Print

Antoine Josse

Le Chasseur de Nuages, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Print

$314

Jean-Marie Gitard (Mr Strange), Sous la chair, Il y a des Os, Print

Jean-Marie Gitard (Mr Strange)

Sous la chair, Il y a des Os, 2020
23.6 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Print

$816

Parenteau-Denoel & Mofart'z, Ouverture des soldes, Print

Parenteau-Denoel & Mofart'z

Ouverture des soldes, 2019
9.4 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Print

$239

Corneille, Plat, Print

Corneille

Plat, 1999
22.4 x 22.8 inch
Print

$4,396

Studio Abawé, Untitled, Print

Studio Abawé

Untitled, 2019
16.5 x 11.6 inch
Print

$62

Françoise Nielly, Livia, Print

Françoise Nielly

Livia, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 inch
Print

$3,580

Françoise Pétrovitch, Petits dans un lit, Print

Françoise Pétrovitch

Petits dans un lit, 2011
18.3 x 24.4 x 0 inch
Print

$1,382

Jean-Michel Folon, Les Sardines, Print

Jean-Michel Folon

Les Sardines, 1970
33.1 x 24 inch
Print

$867

Pure Evil, Prince - The Black Album, Print

Pure Evil

Prince - The Black Album, 2020
33.5 x 27.6 inch
Print

$691

Papa Mesk, Golden Letterz, Print

Papa Mesk

Golden Letterz, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch
Print

$441 $490

Andy Warhol, Skateboard Marilyn (d'après Andy Warhol), Print

Andy Warhol

Skateboard Marilyn (d'après Andy Warhol), 2015
24.8 x 31.5 x 2.8 inch
Print

$8,290

Plastic Jesus, Envy 2020, Print

Plastic Jesus

Envy 2020, 2020
24 x 18 inch
Print

$620

Tehos, Bonnie and Clyde Soup, Print

Tehos

Bonnie and Clyde Soup, 2020
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$534

Thomas Dellert, Black Christ ( an Anti Rasist comment to the current situation in America ), Print

Thomas Dellert

Black Christ ( an Anti Rasist comment to the current situation in America ), 2021
39.4 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch
Print

$5,276

Salvador Dali, Chevaux dalinéens - Cheval de labeur, Print

Salvador Dali

Chevaux dalinéens - Cheval de labeur, 1972
26.8 x 19.7 inch
Print

$8,290

Pichi & Avo, Manises Achilles Céramique, Print

Pichi & Avo

Manises Achilles Céramique, 2021
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,256

Alëxone, Chevauche ton tigre, Print

Alëxone

Chevauche ton tigre, 2020
23.6 x 30.7 inch
Print

$691

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