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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


JonOne, Kid's World, Print


Kid's World, 2021
23.6 x 17.7 inch


C215, Yoda XL, Print


Yoda XL, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 inch


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


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


RNST, Kid of The Dark Night, Print


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


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


Hervé Di Rosa, Mozart Rouge, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

Mozart Rouge, 2019
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Valerio Adami, Dessiner, Print

Valerio Adami

Dessiner, 2002
8 x 6.7 inch


Clet Abraham, Racine, Print

Clet Abraham

Racine, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Le Marin, Print

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Le Marin, 2021
23.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Hom Nguyen, Human, Print

Hom Nguyen

Human, 2020
48 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch

2,500 - $ 5,000

Our recommendations Takashi Murakami, Kyoto: Korin, Print

Takashi Murakami

Kyoto: Korin, 2020
30 x 28.3 inch


Paxal, Le baiser remix / Tribute to Klimt, Print


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


Gavin Mitchell, Skatepark I (Small Format), Print

Gavin Mitchell

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


Vincent Sabatier, Campbell, Print

Vincent Sabatier

Campbell, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch

$205 $408

Mr. Brainwash, Charlie Chaplin, Print

Mr. Brainwash

Charlie Chaplin, 2016
29.9 x 22.4 inch

$2,713 $3,015

Bruno Boffa, Rock Me, Print

Bruno Boffa

Rock Me, 2020
49.2 x 39.4 x 1 inch


Kenny Random, The collector (Invader), Print

Kenny Random

The collector (Invader), 2019
16.5 x 27.6 inch


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


Joan Miró, Serie Mallorca nº X, Print

Joan Miró

Serie Mallorca nº X, 1973
28 x 33.5 inch


Cryptik, Rumi, Print


Rumi, 2021
29.9 x 22 inch


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


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


Madame, Derrière chaque citadelle, Print


Derrière chaque citadelle, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Pierre Alechinsky, Griserie à minuit 1, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Griserie à minuit 1, 2019
19.5 x 15.7 inch


Laetitia B., Oh! là ! là, Print

Laetitia B.

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

$1,413 $1,570

Victor Vasarely, Composition cubique, Print

Victor Vasarely

Composition cubique, 1906
27.2 x 15.4 x 0.1 inch


Christiane Vleugels, Hope 40/100, Print

Christiane Vleugels

Hope 40/100, 2020
47.2 x 35.4 inch

10,000 - $ 15,000

César Andrade, Linigrama 205, Print

César Andrade

Linigrama 205, 1989
20.5 x 16.5 inch


Kurar, Lifestyle, Print


Lifestyle, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch


David Ferreira, Prise de tête, Print

David Ferreira

Prise de tête, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch

$678 $754

Jean Miotte, Concept Hieratique, Print

Jean Miotte

Concept Hieratique, 1992
36.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Poppins, Underpass, Print


Underpass, 2020
31.5 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch


Arantzazu Martinez, From here, Print

Arantzazu Martinez

From here, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Albena Vatcheva, La belle, Print

Albena Vatcheva

La belle, 2021
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch

$57 $63

Lucio Forte, Wolf Cubs, Print

Lucio Forte

Wolf Cubs, 1997
8.3 x 11.7 x 0 inch


Max Ernst, Lieux Commun - Portfolio, Print

Max Ernst

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


Marta Zawadzka, Frida, Print

Marta Zawadzka

Frida, 2021
24 x 20.1 x 0 inch


Jim Bird, Tribute to Vasarely, Print

Jim Bird

Tribute to Vasarely, 1972
26.8 x 26.8 inch


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


Hans Hartung, L 162, Print

Hans Hartung

L 162, 1965
15.2 x 22.2 x 0 inch


Jean Arp, Soleil recerclé, Print

Jean Arp

Soleil recerclé, 1966
18.3 x 14.4 inch


Alexander Calder, Cinq Boules et Deux Serpents, Print

Alexander Calder

Cinq Boules et Deux Serpents, 1965
20.5 x 28.75 inch


Bram van Velde, Le bonheur de Matisse, Print

Bram van Velde

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


Romain Duris, Ring bouche, Print

Romain Duris

Ring bouche, 2017
9.4 x 12.6 inch


Antoni Tapies, La grande grise, Print

Antoni Tapies

La grande grise, 1968
60.2 x 40.9 inch


Diederik Van Apple, Mona Li$a, Print

Diederik Van Apple

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


Dran, La Patineuse, Print


La Patineuse, 2018
16.5 x 11.7 inch


Antoine Josse, Le Chasseur de Nuages, Print

Antoine Josse

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


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


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

Parenteau-Denoel & Mofart'z

Ouverture des soldes, 2019
9.4 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Corneille, Plat, Print


Plat, 1999
22.4 x 22.8 inch


Studio Abawé, Untitled, Print

Studio Abawé

Untitled, 2019
16.5 x 11.6 inch


Françoise Nielly, Livia, Print

Françoise Nielly

Livia, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 inch


Françoise Pétrovitch, Petits dans un lit, Print

Françoise Pétrovitch

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


Jean-Michel Folon, Les Sardines, Print

Jean-Michel Folon

Les Sardines, 1970
33.1 x 24 inch


Pure Evil, Prince - The Black Album, Print

Pure Evil

Prince - The Black Album, 2020
33.5 x 27.6 inch


Papa Mesk, Golden Letterz, Print

Papa Mesk

Golden Letterz, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch

$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


Plastic Jesus, Envy 2020, Print

Plastic Jesus

Envy 2020, 2020
24 x 18 inch


Tehos, Bonnie and Clyde Soup, Print


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


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


Salvador Dali, Chevaux dalinéens - Cheval de labeur, Print

Salvador Dali

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


Pichi & Avo, Manises Achilles Céramique, Print

Pichi & Avo

Manises Achilles Céramique, 2021
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


Alëxone, Chevauche ton tigre, Print


Chevauche ton tigre, 2020
23.6 x 30.7 inch


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