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Abstract expressionism

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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Jean Miotte, Rêve, c., Print

Jean Miotte

Rêve, c., 1990
17.7 x 22.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$718

Mimmo Paladino, Sguardo a destra, Print

Mimmo Paladino

Sguardo a destra, 2000
24 x 32 inch
Print

$1,500

Our recommendations Joan Mitchell, Champs (Fields); from the Carnegie Hall Centennial Fine Art portfolio, Print

Joan Mitchell

Champs (Fields); from the Carnegie Hall Centennial Fine Art portfolio, 1990
60 x 40 inch
Print

$120,000

Our recommendations Willem de Kooning, Two Women, Print

Willem de Kooning

Two Women, 1973
14 x 11 inch
Print

$12,500

Gene Davis, Green Giant, Print

Gene Davis

Green Giant, 1980
29.75 x 32.5 inch
Print

$3,500

Dale Chihuly, Basket Series, Print

Dale Chihuly

Basket Series, 2013
37 x 25 inch
Print

$6,000

John Chamberlain, Flashback VIII, Print

John Chamberlain

Flashback VIII, 1981
28 x 20 inch
Print

$3,250

Bram van Velde, MP 333 - Ciseaux, Print

Bram van Velde

MP 333 - Ciseaux, 1979
13 x 10.2 inch
Print

$1,436

Stanislav Bojankov, Fragments-VI, Print

Stanislav Bojankov

Fragments-VI, 2021
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Print

$1,023 $1,137

Our recommendations Ken Done, Lemons and Clouds, Print

Ken Done

Lemons and Clouds, 2010
34.3 x 26 inch
Print

$766

Futura 2000, The Four Elements - Red Print, Print

Futura 2000

The Four Elements - Red Print, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,273

Sophie Derrick, Negate & Gild - White + Bronze & Gold #9, Print

Sophie Derrick

Negate & Gild - White + Bronze & Gold #9, 2020
23.4 x 16.5 inch
Print

$627

Our recommendations Cy Twombly, Sans titre, Bastian 38, Print

Cy Twombly

Sans titre, Bastian 38, 1973
11.4 x 8.3 inch
Print

$5,983

Elitsa Baramova (Baramó), Passing Landscapes - the Ganges River, Print

Elitsa Baramova (Baramó)

Passing Landscapes - the Ganges River, 2020
26.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Print

$1,795

Bernd Berner, Untitled Gestural Abstraction, Print

Bernd Berner

Untitled Gestural Abstraction, 1971
25.4 x 19.3 inch
Print

$530

Claudia Busching, Abstract, Geometric Composition, Print

Claudia Busching

Abstract, Geometric Composition, 1990
41.5 x 29.4 inch
Print

$640

Xiao Duzi, Untitled, Print

Xiao Duzi

Untitled, 2020
9.4 x 18.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$100

Quim Corominas, Untitled, Print

Quim Corominas

Untitled, 2000
26.8 x 19.7 inch
Print

$398

Rolf Iseli, Liegende Funf, Print

Rolf Iseli

Liegende Funf, 1970
19.7 x 25.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$419

Jean Miotte, Liberté, c., Print

Jean Miotte

Liberté, c., 1990
17.7 x 22.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$718

Petr Strnad, Concept #48, Print

Petr Strnad

Concept #48, 2021
19.7 x 13.1 x 0 inch
Print

$96

Petr Strnad, Concept #47, Print

Petr Strnad

Concept #47, 2021
19.7 x 13.1 x 0 inch
Print

$96

Petr Strnad, Concept #46, Print

Petr Strnad

Concept #46, 2021
19.7 x 13.1 x 0 inch
Print

$96

Petr Strnad, Concept #40, Print

Petr Strnad

Concept #40, 2021
19.7 x 13.1 x 0 inch
Print

$96

Our recommendations Vhils, Mist, Print

Vhils

Mist, 2021
16.5 x 11.7 inch
Print

$1,173

Stoz, Tsb 345, Print

Stoz

Tsb 345, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Print

$150

Our recommendations Stoz, Tkv 300, Print

Stoz

Tkv 300, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Print

$150

Sophie Petetin, Asie les rizières, Print

Sophie Petetin

Asie les rizières, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$114

Karel Appel, Floating in a Landscape, Print

Karel Appel

Floating in a Landscape, 1979
21.5 x 29.5 inch
Print

$1,200

Karel Appel, Nothing to Do, Print

Karel Appel

Nothing to Do, 1974
27 x 39.25 inch
Print

$3,950

Karel Appel, Nothing to Do, Print

Karel Appel

Nothing to Do, 1974
27 x 39.25 inch
Print

$3,950

Karel Appel, Another Blue Head Again, Print

Karel Appel

Another Blue Head Again, 1980
21.75 x 29.75 inch
Print

$2,950

Karel Appel, Big Head Coming Down, Print

Karel Appel

Big Head Coming Down, 1980
21.75 x 29.75 inch
Print

$2,950

Karel Appel, Stalking Cat, Print

Karel Appel

Stalking Cat, 1980
24.75 x 32.25 inch
Print

$2,950

Karel Appel, About a Cat, Print

Karel Appel

About a Cat, 1980
24.75 x 32.25 inch
Print

$2,750

Karel Appel, Sad Cat, Print

Karel Appel

Sad Cat, 1980
24.75 x 32.25 inch
Print

$2,950

Sam Francis, Demeter, Print

Sam Francis

Demeter, 1972
18 x 24 inch
Print

$7,500

Larry Rivers, Dutch Masters, Print

Larry Rivers

Dutch Masters, 1991
25 x 31.5 inch
Print

$1,850

Aloyzas Smilingis, Oasis, Print

Aloyzas Smilingis

Oasis, 2017
51.2 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Print

$1,556

Louisa Chase, Untitled (Hands), Print

Louisa Chase

Untitled (Hands), 1990
35 x 50.5 inch
Print

$4,000

James Rosenquist, Rouge Pad (State II), Print

James Rosenquist

Rouge Pad (State II), 1978
22.75 x 40 inch
Print

$5,000

James Rosenquist, Gravity Feed (State II), Print

James Rosenquist

Gravity Feed (State II), 1978
22.75 x 40 inch
Print

$5,000

Aloyzas Smilingis, Staccato, Print

Aloyzas Smilingis

Staccato, 2017
55.1 x 68.9 x 1.2 inch
Print

$3,231

Marie-Noëlle Deverre, Sous l’écorce palpite, Print

Marie-Noëlle Deverre

Sous l’écorce palpite, 2021
19.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Print

$838

Gene Davis, Shooting Star, Print

Gene Davis

Shooting Star, 1979
37.25 x 37 inch
Print

$5,000

Gene Davis, Yellow Jack, Print

Gene Davis

Yellow Jack, 1979
22.5 x 25 inch
Print

$4,250

Gene Davis, Lilac, Print

Gene Davis

Lilac, 1980
22.5 x 28.5 inch
Print

$3,500

Gene Davis, Royal Curtain, Print

Gene Davis

Royal Curtain, 1980
30 x 21.5 inch
Print

$2,500

Dale Chihuly, Chandelier Series, Print

Dale Chihuly

Chandelier Series, 2011
37 x 25 inch
Print

$7,900

Dale Chihuly, Chandelier Series, Print

Dale Chihuly

Chandelier Series, 2016
37 x 25 inch
Print

$11,500

Dale Chihuly, Chandelier Series, Print

Dale Chihuly

Chandelier Series, 2006
37 x 25 inch
Print

Sold

Dale Chihuly, Float Series, Print

Dale Chihuly

Float Series, 2015
37 x 25 inch
Print

$8,500

Dale Chihuly, Float Series, Print

Dale Chihuly

Float Series, 2014
37 x 25 inch
Print

$6,500

Dale Chihuly, Float Series, Print

Dale Chihuly

Float Series, 2010
37 x 25 inch
Print

$8,500

Dale Chihuly, Basket Series, Print

Dale Chihuly

Basket Series, 2015
37 x 25 inch
Print

$7,500

John Chamberlain, Flashback VII, Print

John Chamberlain

Flashback VII, 1981
28 x 20 inch
Print

$3,250

John Chamberlain, Flashback I, Print

John Chamberlain

Flashback I, 1981
28 x 20 inch
Print

$3,250

John Chamberlain, Flashback V, Print

John Chamberlain

Flashback V, 1981
28 x 20 inch
Print

$3,250

John Chamberlain, Flashback IV, Print

John Chamberlain

Flashback IV, 1981
28 x 20 inch
Print

$3,250

John Chamberlain, Flashback III, Print

John Chamberlain

Flashback III, 1981
28 x 20 inch
Print

$3,500

John Chamberlain, Flashback VI, Print

John Chamberlain

Flashback VI, 1981
28 x 20 inch
Print

$3,250

Dale Chihuly, Float, Print

Dale Chihuly

Float, 2017
37 x 25 inch
Print

$7,900

Vitaliy Lishko, Untitled (Linocut), Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Untitled (Linocut), 2020
33.1 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Print

$2,154

Vitaliy Lishko, Still life (Linocut), Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Still life (Linocut), 2020
33.1 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Print

$718

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