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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), All Tomorrow’s Parties, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

All Tomorrow’s Parties, 2011
24 x 18.1 inch


Scott Kahn, March Moon, Print

Scott Kahn

March Moon, 2020
24 x 21.13 inch


JR, Unframed, Charlie Chaplin revu par JR, The Kid, Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan, USA, 1923, de jour Paris, Print


Unframed, Charlie Chaplin revu par JR, The Kid, Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan, USA, 1923, de jour Paris, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Cope2, 46th Street Station, Print


46th Street Station, 2020
18 x 27 inch


François Schuiten, La Type 12 - Paris-Bruxelles, Print

François Schuiten

La Type 12 - Paris-Bruxelles, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Takashi Murakami, Champagne Supernova Blue, Print

Takashi Murakami

Champagne Supernova Blue, 2014
29.1 x 20.9 inch


Alexander Calder, La Fleur (The Flower), Print

Alexander Calder

La Fleur (The Flower), 1975
22.88 x 30.5 inch


Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986
18.9 x 14.6 inch

$1,182 $1,313

Daru, New Stars, Print


New Stars, 2021
39.4 x 24 x 0 inch


Miss Tic, L'homme est un loup pour l'homme, Print

Miss Tic

L'homme est un loup pour l'homme, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 inch


L'Atlas, Days Dreaming, Print


Days Dreaming, 2021
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch


Salvador Dali, Subia las Escaleras Como si Las Bajara, Print

Salvador Dali

Subia las Escaleras Como si Las Bajara, 1977
17.9 x 12.4 x 0 inch


Jef Aérosol, Amy Winehouse, Print

Jef Aérosol

Amy Winehouse, 2016
18.9 x 13 inch


Claude Weisbuch, Sur l'eau, Print

Claude Weisbuch

Sur l'eau, 1955
18.9 x 25.2 inch


Mark Kostabi, Heart Share, Print

Mark Kostabi

Heart Share, 1993
15.75 x 12.5 inch


Ai Weiwei, History Of Bombs, Print

Ai Weiwei

History Of Bombs, 2021
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Gérard Garouste, L'apiculteur et les abeilles, Print

Gérard Garouste

L'apiculteur et les abeilles, 2009
7.5 x 4.6 inch


FAILE, Fantasie, Print


Fantasie, 2020
29.9 x 24 inch


Mr. Brainwash, My first concert, Print

Mr. Brainwash

My first concert, 2010
22 x 29.9 inch


Pablo Picasso, The Fall of Icarus, Print

Pablo Picasso

The Fall of Icarus, 1972
19.5 x 25.4 x 0 inch


Aiko, Bunny Love (Mint), Print


Bunny Love (Mint), 2021
27 x 21 inch


Mason Storm, UFO. No, You F O, Print

Mason Storm

UFO. No, You F O, 2020
22 x 31.5 inch


Chris Arran, Flower, Print

Chris Arran

Flower, 2019
32.3 x 22.2 x 0.1 inch


Pierre Alechinsky, Dotremont dans son village, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Dotremont dans son village, 1981
32.7 x 24.4 x 0.1 inch


Aloyzas Smilingis, Flood, Print

Aloyzas Smilingis

Flood, 1993
47.2 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


Patrick Chevailler, #670 Soldierfish school, Print

Patrick Chevailler

#670 Soldierfish school, 2010
19.7 x 29.5 x 0.8 inch


Hervé Di Rosa, No hay billetes, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

No hay billetes, 2014
20.5 x 20.5 x 0.1 inch


René Magritte, La Valse Hésitation, Print

René Magritte

La Valse Hésitation, 2010
17.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Pawel Zablocki, Horse from Casa Lorna, Print

Pawel Zablocki

Horse from Casa Lorna, 2007
5.9 x 8.3 inch


Blandine Galtier, Titre : L, Print

Blandine Galtier

Titre : L, 2019
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Sarah B., Zayana, Print

Sarah B.

Zayana, 2021
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


Joan Miró, Chien Bleu, Print

Joan Miró

Chien Bleu, 1959
32.7 x 24.4 inch


Play Play, Cruel Summer, Print

Play Play

Cruel Summer, 2021
25.6 x 25.6 inch


Krzysztof Wieczorek, Tenth postcard from a journey, Print

Krzysztof Wieczorek

Tenth postcard from a journey, 2010
4.7 x 5.1 inch


Atsuko Ishii, The innocence of wonder, Print

Atsuko Ishii

The innocence of wonder, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Marc Chagall, Pantomime, Print

Marc Chagall

Pantomime, 1972
25.6 x 19.3 inch


Romero Britto, Wild Life, Print

Romero Britto

Wild Life, 2020
13.8 x 11 x 0.8 inch


Ola Dobrzynska, Girl power, Print

Ola Dobrzynska

Girl power, 2016
9.4 x 6.7 inch


Albena Vatcheva, La danseuse aux colombes, Print

Albena Vatcheva

La danseuse aux colombes, 2021
16.5 x 11.8 x 0 inch

$113 $125

Amy Nelder, Wordplay, Print

Amy Nelder

Wordplay, 2011
30 x 40 inch


Tattoo Art M, Majestic Queen Elisabeth II, Print

Tattoo Art M

Majestic Queen Elisabeth II, 2010
31.5 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Pierre Riollet, Seaview, Print

Pierre Riollet

Seaview, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


JP Malot, Stormtrooper pow Hors série 2, Print

JP Malot

Stormtrooper pow Hors série 2, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Stanislav Bojankov, Fragments-XIV, Print

Stanislav Bojankov

Fragments-XIV, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch

$913 $1,015

Bram van Velde, MP 34, Print

Bram van Velde

MP 34, 1965
11.8 x 17.3 x 0 inch


Pure Evil, Madonna, Print

Pure Evil

Madonna, 2021
33.5 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Jean Miotte, Rêve, c., Print

Jean Miotte

Rêve, c., 1990
17.7 x 22.8 x 0.1 inch


Keymi, Et ce fût son dernier cadeau, Print


Et ce fût son dernier cadeau, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Kumi Sugaï, Quatre flèches, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Quatre flèches, 1990
29.9 x 25.6 x 0.1 inch


Luciano Cian, Tête #3, Print

Luciano Cian

Tête #3, 2021
41.7 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch


Muriel Deumie, Dans  L'oeil du futur, Print

Muriel Deumie

Dans L'oeil du futur, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch


Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Page 8, Print

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Page 8, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Fernand Léger, Les constructeurs, Print

Fernand Léger

Les constructeurs, 1955
19.7 x 24.8 inch


Karel Appel, Regard vers l'infini, Print

Karel Appel

Regard vers l'infini, 1963
22 x 29.9 x 0.1 inch


Mino Maccari, At the Concert, Print

Mino Maccari

At the Concert, 1970
17.3 x 13.4 x 0 inch


Enki Bilal, Rendez-vous à Paris Killing Time, Print

Enki Bilal

Rendez-vous à Paris Killing Time, 2006
8.3 x 13.2 x 0.4 inch


Greg Léon Guillemin, The Secret Life of Heroes – Catwoman, Print

Greg Léon Guillemin

The Secret Life of Heroes – Catwoman, 2021
31.9 x 8.1 x 0.8 inch


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, La passagère du 54, Print

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

La passagère du 54, 1982
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch


Felipe Pantone, Integration System #1, Print

Felipe Pantone

Integration System #1, 2020
25.2 x 25.2 inch


Hyo Myoung Kim, Spectrum colors arranged by chance VI - Fingered, Print

Hyo Myoung Kim

Spectrum colors arranged by chance VI - Fingered, 2012
39.4 x 39.4 inch


Dadodu, Derby, Print


Derby, 2011
29.5 x 23 x 0 inch


Roamcouch, Four Seasons (Gold), Print


Four Seasons (Gold), 2021
15 x 35.8 inch


Tracey Emin, You can’t fuck a shoe, Print

Tracey Emin

You can’t fuck a shoe, 2010
11.6 x 16.3 inch


Petr Strnad, Concept #53, Print

Petr Strnad

Concept #53, 2021
19.7 x 13.1 x 0 inch


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