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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), Pyramid Top Icon, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Pyramid Top Icon, 2016
13 x 9.8 inch


JonOne, My World, Print


My World, 2019
24 x 20.1 x 0.4 inch


JR, Trompe L'oeil, Death Valley, Billboard, March 4, 2017, 5:41 Pm, California, USA, 2017, Print


Trompe L'oeil, Death Valley, Billboard, March 4, 2017, 5:41 Pm, California, USA, 2017, 2021
19.7 x 33.5 inch


M.Chat, Coffret de luxe - PARISEOUL - n°117, Print


Coffret de luxe - PARISEOUL - n°117, 2019
9.4 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch


William Sweetlove, Olympic Stars Between Rabbits, Print

William Sweetlove

Olympic Stars Between Rabbits, 2008
37 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Sophie Petetin, Manhattan reflets de nuit, Print

Sophie Petetin

Manhattan reflets de nuit, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Hush, Le Buste II Metallic Silver, Print


Le Buste II Metallic Silver, 2021
21.3 x 21.3 inch


Salvador Dali, Memories of Surrealism / Angel of Dada Surrealism, Print

Salvador Dali

Memories of Surrealism / Angel of Dada Surrealism, 1971
20.7 x 16.3 inch


François Schuiten, Pékin-Hankou - Le pont, Print

François Schuiten

Pékin-Hankou - Le pont, 2021
29.5 x 35.4 inch


Antoine Josse, La potomanie du Rouge, Print

Antoine Josse

La potomanie du Rouge, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Enki Bilal, Transhumans 2, Print

Enki Bilal

Transhumans 2, 2021
29.9 x 22 inch


Victor Vasarely, Fille Fleur, Print

Victor Vasarely

Fille Fleur, 1970
26 x 16 inch


Mark Tobey, Summer Joy, Print

Mark Tobey

Summer Joy, 1972
30.2 x 21.9 x 0 inch

$655 $819

Françoise Pétrovitch, Fumeuse, Print

Françoise Pétrovitch

Fumeuse, 2021
26 x 21.7 inch


Philippe Geluck, Les hôtels cinq étoiles, Print

Philippe Geluck

Les hôtels cinq étoiles, 2012
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Mr. Brainwash, All you need is He(Art) Four, Print

Mr. Brainwash

All you need is He(Art) Four, 2021
18 x 18 inch


Sandro Chia, Untitled, Print

Sandro Chia

Untitled, 2008
27.6 x 37.2 x 0 inch


Omar Galliani, East, Print

Omar Galliani

East, 2008
37 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Joan Miró, Lithographs II (M. 1042), Print

Joan Miró

Lithographs II (M. 1042), 1972
14.38 x 21.75 inch


Pierre Alechinsky, Vibrions, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Vibrions, 1990
23.2 x 29.9 inch


Arman, Eclipse d'éclipses, Print


Eclipse d'éclipses, 1970
25.6 x 19.1 inch


Ghost Art, Wheel of fortune "€uro", Print

Ghost Art

Wheel of fortune "€uro", 2020
31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch


Raya Sorkine, La mariée aux roses rouges, Print

Raya Sorkine

La mariée aux roses rouges, 1990
7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inch


Marie-Noëlle Deverre, Amour divin, Print

Marie-Noëlle Deverre

Amour divin, 2021
19.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch


Diederik Van Apple, Coco Banksy, Print

Diederik Van Apple

Coco Banksy, 2020
39.4 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch


Pablo Picasso, Exposition Ceramique, Vallauris, Print

Pablo Picasso

Exposition Ceramique, Vallauris, 1959
30 x 22 inch


Gianni Dova, Blue Composition, Print

Gianni Dova

Blue Composition, 1970
27.6 x 19.3 x 0 inch


Erró, Balloons, Print


Balloons, 2008
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Felipe Pantone, Subtractive Variability P3, Print

Felipe Pantone

Subtractive Variability P3, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Mu Liu, The Lucky Cloud, Print

Mu Liu

The Lucky Cloud, 2008
37 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Tommaso Cascella, Waterpolo, Print

Tommaso Cascella

Waterpolo, 2008
37 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Jordi Alcaraz, Parlar sol (II), Print

Jordi Alcaraz

Parlar sol (II), 2021
49.6 x 35.4 inch


René Magritte, L'empire des lumières, Print

René Magritte

L'empire des lumières, 1953
17.3 x 11.8 inch


Antoni Tapies, Untitled from St. Gallen, Print

Antoni Tapies

Untitled from St. Gallen, 1965
22 x 30 inch


Ken Done, Yellow, blue and red Sails, Print

Ken Done

Yellow, blue and red Sails, 2019
17.5 x 23.6 inch


Luca Pignatelli, Price - Olympic Flame, Print

Luca Pignatelli

Price - Olympic Flame, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Guelfo Bianchini, Rose Angel, Print

Guelfo Bianchini

Rose Angel, 1955
8.3 x 6.3 x 0.1 inch


Paul Jenkins, Five Invocations II, Print

Paul Jenkins

Five Invocations II, 1997
21.5 x 29.5 inch


Peter Klasen, Sans titre, Print

Peter Klasen

Sans titre, 1974
19.7 x 25.6 x 0 inch


Alberto Di Fabio, Canoe, Print

Alberto Di Fabio

Canoe, 2008
37 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Gian Paolo Berto, Night in Venice, Print

Gian Paolo Berto

Night in Venice, 1974
27.2 x 35.2 x 0 inch

$241 $301

Max Ernst, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Max Ernst

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
14 x 10.2 inch


Trevor Gould, Swimming, Print

Trevor Gould

Swimming, 2008
37 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Lucas Ninin, Jésus (Affiche sérigraphié), Print

Lucas Ninin

Jésus (Affiche sérigraphié), 2021
29.9 x 22 x 0.4 inch


Martin Whatson, Behind The Curtain - Migration, Print

Martin Whatson

Behind The Curtain - Migration, 2018
18.9 x 31.5 inch


Yaacov Agam, Dyptique rencontre, Print

Yaacov Agam

Dyptique rencontre, 2011
18.1 x 10.1 x 0.7 inch


Finbarr DAC, Velveteen (Peel), Print

Finbarr DAC

Velveteen (Peel), 2020
30.3 x 22 inch


Kaws, Separated, Print


Separated, 2020
20.1 x 15.7 inch


JP Malot, Voyou, Print

JP Malot

Voyou, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Lucio Forte, Paris Texas, Print

Lucio Forte

Paris Texas, 2012
11.8 x 11.7 x 0 inch


Ladislas Kijno, Composition, ca, Print

Ladislas Kijno

Composition, ca, 1980
31.9 x 24.4 x 0.1 inch


Invader, Alert: System Infected, Print


Alert: System Infected, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Vitaliy Lishko, Landscape X3/Col, Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Landscape X3/Col, 2021
8.3 x 5.9 x 0 inch

$126 $181

Ben Frost, Just one more Bump, Print

Ben Frost

Just one more Bump, 2021
7.5 x 7.5 x 0.1 inch


Jean Dubuffet, Affiche - Festival d'automne, Print

Jean Dubuffet

Affiche - Festival d'automne, 1973
27.6 x 20.5 inch


Fernand Léger, Bonne pensée du matin, Print

Fernand Léger

Bonne pensée du matin, 1949
12.6 x 9.8 inch


Robert Indiana, One from The American Dream Portfolio, Print

Robert Indiana

One from The American Dream Portfolio, 1997
14 x 14 inch


Théo Tobiasse, Babylone depuis la dernière aube, Print

Théo Tobiasse

Babylone depuis la dernière aube, 1999
24 x 35.8 x 0 inch


Carrie Graber, Edris House, Print

Carrie Graber

Edris House, 2017
36 x 29 inch


Sol LeWitt, Forms Derived From a Cube, Print

Sol LeWitt

Forms Derived From a Cube, 1964
20.5 x 20.5 inch


Tattoo Art M, James Dean - MyI Intimacy, Print

Tattoo Art M

James Dean - MyI Intimacy, 2016
26 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch


André Masson, La Dame au labyrinthe, Print

André Masson

La Dame au labyrinthe, 1962
15 x 11 inch


Andy Warhol, Flowers: Master American Contemporaries II (After Andy Warhol), Print

Andy Warhol

Flowers: Master American Contemporaries II (After Andy Warhol), 1994
41 x 32 inch


Mimmo Rotella, The Look, Print

Mimmo Rotella

The Look, 1979
34.5 x 26 inch


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