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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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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


Mark Tobey, Summer Joy, Print

Mark Tobey

Summer Joy, 1972
30.2 x 21.9 x 0 inch


Eva Rothschild, Eclipse (Black), Print

Eva Rothschild

Eclipse (Black), 2021
29.5 x 23.6 inch


Goddog, Or, Noir, Print


Or, Noir, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch


Bernar Venet, 1 from Combinaison Aleatoire de Lignes Indeterminees, Print

Bernar Venet

1 from Combinaison Aleatoire de Lignes Indeterminees, 1996
20 x 19.5 inch


Perrotte, Zool, Print


Zool, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch


Mimmo Paladino, Poeta Occidentale - Triptych No. 2, Print

Mimmo Paladino

Poeta Occidentale - Triptych No. 2, 1995
79 x 48.5 inch


Peter Alexander, Brooks, Print

Peter Alexander

Brooks, 1988
30 x 22 inch


Jef Aérosol, Amy Winehouse, Print

Jef Aérosol

Amy Winehouse, 2016
18.9 x 13 inch


Raúl Anguiano Valadez, Mine Workers Pachuca Lime Kilns, Print

Raúl Anguiano Valadez

Mine Workers Pachuca Lime Kilns, 1946
10.75 x 13.75 x 0.01 inch


Mario Avati, La Plume du Sergent, Print

Mario Avati

La Plume du Sergent, 1968
9 x 11.5 x 0.01 inch


Elizabeth Peyton, John, Print

Elizabeth Peyton

John, 2000
24 x 19 x 0.01 inch


Reginald Marsh, Merry-Go-Round, Print

Reginald Marsh

Merry-Go-Round, 1969
10 x 8 x 0.01 inch


Misch Kohn, Large Bird, Print

Misch Kohn

Large Bird, 1965
25 x 19.5 x 0.01 inch


Pablo O'Higgins, Brick Layer, Valley of Mexico (The Bricklayer and His Son), Print

Pablo O'Higgins

Brick Layer, Valley of Mexico (The Bricklayer and His Son), 1946
14 x 11.25 x 0.01 inch


Louis Lozowick, Bridges, Print

Louis Lozowick

Bridges, 1972
13 x 7.75 x 0.01 inch


Ryohei Tanaka, Spring Farm Yard, Print

Ryohei Tanaka

Spring Farm Yard, 1978
6.5 x 8 x 0.01 inch


Charles Arnoldi, Arcs 2, Print

Charles Arnoldi

Arcs 2, 2016
32 x 27 x 0.01 inch


Chris Levine, Equanimity, Print

Chris Levine

Equanimity, 2006
5.5 x 3.5 inch


Sandra Chevrier, La cage et le Coeur de la Bête, Print

Sandra Chevrier

La cage et le Coeur de la Bête, 2019
35.4 x 27.2 x 0.4 inch


Mouna Rebeiz, Portrait de Fairuz, Print

Mouna Rebeiz

Portrait de Fairuz, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Kaws, NVG Gone, Print


NVG Gone, 2019
16.9 x 13.4 inch


Zevs, Euro liquidated, Print


Euro liquidated, 2016
42.1 x 26 inch


Hans Hartung, L 15, Print

Hans Hartung

L 15, 1974
27.6 x 41.3 x 0.4 inch


Gottfried Honegger, Heraklit II, Print

Gottfried Honegger

Heraklit II, 1986
11 x 7.6 inch


Denial, Hermès, Print


Hermès, 2019
24 x 18.1 inch


Vincent Sabatier, Le Mans 4, Print

Vincent Sabatier

Le Mans 4, 2019
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Marc Chagall, Le cerf se voyant dans l'eau, Print

Marc Chagall

Le cerf se voyant dans l'eau, 1927
16.5 x 13.2 x 0 inch


Lee Bae, Sans titre n°2, Print

Lee Bae

Sans titre n°2, 2018
27.6 x 20.5 inch


Alexander Calder, Acier du constructeur, Print

Alexander Calder

Acier du constructeur, 1976
21.5 x 29.5 inch


Nicola Simbari, On the Beach, Print

Nicola Simbari

On the Beach, 1977
28.3 x 39.1 x 0 inch


Jackson Pollock, Untitled, CR1095 (after painting Number 22, CR344), Print

Jackson Pollock

Untitled, CR1095 (after painting Number 22, CR344), 1951
28.9 x 23 x 0 inch

$40,928 $58,468

Icy & Sot, Social Chaos, Print

Icy & Sot

Social Chaos, 2021
22 x 29.9 inch


Smash137, Between the Lines, Print


Between the Lines, 2013
30 x 22 inch


Christian Lapie, Fragment of Eros, Print

Christian Lapie

Fragment of Eros, 2020
19.9 x 13.4 x 0 inch


Ghislaine Ferreira, Loup 7, Print

Ghislaine Ferreira

Loup 7, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


Bruno Boffa, Rock Me, Print

Bruno Boffa

Rock Me, 2020
49.2 x 39.4 x 1 inch


Kevin Rouillard, Untitled, Print

Kevin Rouillard

Untitled, 2018
19.7 x 13.8 x 0.2 inch


Philippe Cognée, Casablanca II, Print

Philippe Cognée

Casablanca II, 2003
9.8 x 12.8 inch


Eduardo Chillida, Casa de Goya, Print

Eduardo Chillida

Casa de Goya, 1983
30.7 x 23.4 inch


Giorgio de Chirico, Self Portrait, Print

Giorgio de Chirico

Self Portrait, 1954
27.2 x 21.3 x 0 inch


Vassily Kandinsky, Gravure pour 10, Print

Vassily Kandinsky

Gravure pour 10, 1942
15 x 11 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Robert Longo, Black flag, Print

Robert Longo

Black flag, 1999
28 x 43.7 x 0.4 inch


Caroline Veith, September 2015 #1, Print

Caroline Veith

September 2015 #1, 2015
9.8 x 9.8 x 2 inch


Topolino, Pinocchio fait une pousse, Print


Pinocchio fait une pousse, 2013
17.7 x 12.6 x 0.8 inch


Our recommendations Laurent Grasso, Blackout, Print

Laurent Grasso

Blackout, 2016
6 x 8.3 inch


Hervé Télémaque, Roland Garros, Print

Hervé Télémaque

Roland Garros, 2000
41.3 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch


Sandrot, Lith-Pr 1, Print


Lith-Pr 1, 2020
45.7 x 30.7 x 0.4 inch


Nato Frascà, Geometry, Print

Nato Frascà

Geometry, 1975
29.9 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Pierre Boncompain, Huts, Print

Pierre Boncompain

Huts, 1970
12.2 x 15.2 x 0 inch


Odilon Redon, Illustration from the series "Les Fleurs du mal", Print

Odilon Redon

Illustration from the series "Les Fleurs du mal", 1923
12.8 x 9.8 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations Wolpa Wanambi, Wuyal ga Marurrumburr, Print

Wolpa Wanambi

Wuyal ga Marurrumburr, 2000
29.9 x 22 inch


Bruno Timmermans, Maori +, Print

Bruno Timmermans

Maori +, 2015
35.4 x 27.6 inch


Emilio Greco, Commiato no. 15 - Farewell no. 15, Print

Emilio Greco

Commiato no. 15 - Farewell no. 15, 1973
30.7 x 26 x 0.1 inch


Elia Pagliarino, Sans titre (4 couleurs), Print

Elia Pagliarino

Sans titre (4 couleurs), 2020
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Kai and Sunny, Lots of Bits of Star / Série 2, Print

Kai and Sunny

Lots of Bits of Star / Série 2, 2014
16.5 x 11.8 inch


Renato Barisani, Renato Barisani, Print

Renato Barisani

Renato Barisani, 1983
19.6 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Jannis Kounellis, Never Ending Spiral, Print

Jannis Kounellis

Never Ending Spiral, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch


San Zi, Pure Heart, Print

San Zi

Pure Heart, 2013
4.3 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Ivan Lazarov, Ants composition, Print

Ivan Lazarov

Ants composition, 1936
11 x 7.9 inch


Paul Delvaux, Portrait, Print

Paul Delvaux

Portrait, 1960
13 x 9.8 x 0 inch


Theodore Stravinsky, Dancer, Print

Theodore Stravinsky

Dancer, 1932
17.7 x 12.6 x 0 inch


Yves Hayat, Caracas, Print

Yves Hayat

Caracas, 2017
7.9 x 5.9 x 2.4 inch


Guillaume Piot, Âne, Print

Guillaume Piot

Âne, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch


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