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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), Kingston Champion, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Kingston Champion, 2011
10.8 x 10.8 inch


Takashi Murakami, Me and double-dob, Print

Takashi Murakami

Me and double-dob, 2009
28 x 28 x 0.4 inch


Robert Combas, Georges Brassens et ses meilleurs succès. TROMPETTE ! Jeanne la cane embrasse le poilu et la vache Clotilde se déguise en fleur, Print

Robert Combas

Georges Brassens et ses meilleurs succès. TROMPETTE ! Jeanne la cane embrasse le poilu et la vache Clotilde se déguise en fleur, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


L'Atlas, Just another seal, Print


Just another seal, 2020
22 x 22 inch


Man Ray, Double Face, Print

Man Ray

Double Face, 1971
27.6 x 20.1 x 0.1 inch


Invader, Invasao Sao Paulo, Print


Invasao Sao Paulo, 2011
17.3 x 25 inch


Shaka, Infrarouge #2, Print


Infrarouge #2, 2019
46.1 x 38.2 inch


Seth, Pionnier, Print


Pionnier, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Max Ernst, Composition, Print

Max Ernst

Composition, 1970
12.8 x 9.8 x 0 inch


Salvador Dali, Caballero, Print

Salvador Dali

Caballero, 1968
40 x 32 inch


Stoul, Oru MXIV, Print


Oru MXIV, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Paxal, Couvrez ce sein que je ne saurais voir..., Print


Couvrez ce sein que je ne saurais voir..., 2021
25.2 x 25.2 inch


Pichi & Avo, Young Bacchus Lefkos, Print

Pichi & Avo

Young Bacchus Lefkos, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Jeff Gillette, Ruined Sign, Print

Jeff Gillette

Ruined Sign, 2021
24 x 34 inch


Julio Le Parc, Optical n.4, Print

Julio Le Parc

Optical n.4, 1976
13.4 x 9.6 x 0 inch


Stéphan Art, Jazzy, Print

Stéphan Art

Jazzy, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 inch


Damien Poulain, Love, Print

Damien Poulain

Love, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Shu Takahashi, Morning star, Print

Shu Takahashi

Morning star, 1970
24.4 x 18.5 x 0 inch


Ivan Rabuzin, Field of Flowers, Print

Ivan Rabuzin

Field of Flowers, 1990
23.4 x 19.5 x 0 inch


Insane 51, Pride, Print

Insane 51

Pride, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Our recommendations Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu, Banc de tournesols, Print

Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu

Banc de tournesols, 2021
22.3 x 33.5 x 0 inch


Joëlle Acoulon, Sans titre, 1/6/2021, Print

Joëlle Acoulon

Sans titre, 1/6/2021, 2021
29.5 x 25.2 inch


Fabien Novarino, Grundged BB, Print

Fabien Novarino

Grundged BB, 2021
11.6 x 11.6 x 1.6 inch


Mr. Brainwash, Charlie (Chaplin), Print

Mr. Brainwash

Charlie (Chaplin), 2015
30 x 22.3 inch


Our recommendations Iván Navarro, Sopa de letras, Print

Iván Navarro

Sopa de letras, 2021
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Pablo Picasso, Exposition Vallauris (1964), Print

Pablo Picasso

Exposition Vallauris (1964), 1964
25 x 21 inch


Blek Le Rat, Rope Pulling (Yellow), Print

Blek Le Rat

Rope Pulling (Yellow), 2021
22 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch


Sandra Chevrier, La Cage Et La Trace Du Crayon (Large), Print

Sandra Chevrier

La Cage Et La Trace Du Crayon (Large), 2019
28.9 x 23.6 inch


Kamen Startchev, Spreading the moonlight, Print

Kamen Startchev

Spreading the moonlight, 2015
31.5 x 51.2 inch


Leo Guida, Siamo noi, Print

Leo Guida

Siamo noi, 1993
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Joan Miró, Mur de la Lune, Print

Joan Miró

Mur de la Lune, 1958
17.7 x 34.3 inch


Miss Tic, A Chercher L’impossible On Trouve Des Merveilles, Print

Miss Tic

A Chercher L’impossible On Trouve Des Merveilles, 2021
19.7 x 25.6 inch


Harissart, Dollar Lotus, Print


Dollar Lotus, 2021
11.8 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Hsiao Chin, Abstract Composition, Print

Hsiao Chin

Abstract Composition, 1977
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Alberto Magnelli, Abstract Composition, Print

Alberto Magnelli

Abstract Composition, 1960
16.1 x 22.8 x 0 inch


Giulio Turcato, Composition in Red, Print

Giulio Turcato

Composition in Red, 1970
19.7 x 27.4 x 0 inch


Mark Tobey, Summer Joy, Print

Mark Tobey

Summer Joy, 1972
30.2 x 21.9 x 0 inch


Zhana Mitkova, Favourite Place, Print

Zhana Mitkova

Favourite Place, 2021
27.6 x 39.4 inch


Graham Sutherland, Untitled, Print

Graham Sutherland

Untitled, 1970
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Kokimoto, Global Worming, Print


Global Worming, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Pietro Morando, Piper, Print

Pietro Morando

Piper, 1960
19.1 x 13.4 x 0 inch


Atsuko Ishii, Like You Do, Print

Atsuko Ishii

Like You Do, 2020
8.3 x 5.9 inch


Peter McDonald, Her, Print

Peter McDonald

Her, 2021
16.5 x 11.8 inch


Yaacov Agam, Time from the Mobility Within Series, Print

Yaacov Agam

Time from the Mobility Within Series, 2000
14 x 14 inch


Tomek Jarolim, Venise, Print

Tomek Jarolim

Venise, 2021
7.9 x 12.6 x 0.1 inch


Aleksandra Georgieva, Keep nature cool!, Print

Aleksandra Georgieva

Keep nature cool!, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Nick Walker, Vandal Child Negative (Anarchy), Print

Nick Walker

Vandal Child Negative (Anarchy), 2021
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch


RNST, Il était une fois le monde d’après, Print


Il était une fois le monde d’après, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


GR1, Seoulscape Mapo-gu Wausan-ro 21gil 19-7 editions, Print


Seoulscape Mapo-gu Wausan-ro 21gil 19-7 editions, 2021
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Gerardo Dottori, Composition, Print

Gerardo Dottori

Composition, 1970
25.2 x 18.5 x 0 inch


Teodor Genov – Pastedko, Oops-A-Daisy, Print

Teodor Genov – Pastedko

Oops-A-Daisy, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Alina Papazova, Salad Days, Print

Alina Papazova

Salad Days, 2021
27.6 x 39.4 inch


Georgi Vassilev, Anatomy of Nature, Print

Georgi Vassilev

Anatomy of Nature, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Nadezhda Georgieva-Nad, We Are Happy Together, Print

Nadezhda Georgieva-Nad

We Are Happy Together, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Rosie Eisor, Bat Godess, Print

Rosie Eisor

Bat Godess, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch


François Schuiten, Revoir Paris, Print

François Schuiten

Revoir Paris, 2015
31.5 x 23.6 inch


Deyan Yanev, Trap Nature, Print

Deyan Yanev

Trap Nature, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Eva Rothschild, Eclipse (Black), Print

Eva Rothschild

Eclipse (Black), 2021
29.5 x 23.6 inch


Philippe Achermann, Amour, Print

Philippe Achermann

Amour, 2020
7.9 x 11.8 inch


Albena Vatcheva, Two, Print

Albena Vatcheva

Two, 2021
8.3 x 5.9 x 0 inch

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Arman, Violon déstructuré, Print


Violon déstructuré, 1928
25.6 x 17.9 inch


Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Automobile, Print

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Wrapped Automobile, 2015
17 x 21 inch


Tim Marsh, Funktime, Print

Tim Marsh

Funktime, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch


Rafal Olbinski, A conventional sentiment, Print

Rafal Olbinski

A conventional sentiment, 2021
9.4 x 7.1 inch


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