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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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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986
18.9 x 14.6 inch

$1,185 $1,316

Jef Aérosol, Amy Winehouse, Print

Jef Aérosol

Amy Winehouse, 2016
18.9 x 13 inch


Claude Weisbuch, L'épave, Print

Claude Weisbuch

L'épave, 1955
18.9 x 25.2 inch


Ai Weiwei, History Of Bombs, Print

Ai Weiwei

History Of Bombs, 2021
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Hervé Di Rosa, No hay billetes, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

No hay billetes, 2014
20.5 x 20.5 x 0.1 inch


Pawel Zablocki, Horse from Casa Lorna, Print

Pawel Zablocki

Horse from Casa Lorna, 2007
5.9 x 8.3 inch


Czeslaw Tumielewicz, A furniture with drawer, Print

Czeslaw Tumielewicz

A furniture with drawer, 2004
8.1 x 5.9 inch


Amy Nelder, Wordplay, Print

Amy Nelder

Wordplay, 2011
30 x 40 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


Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Page 8, Print

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Page 8, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Le Corbusier, Unité. Planche 14, Print

Le Corbusier

Unité. Planche 14, 1965
22.4 x 17.7 x 0.1 inch


Le Diamantaire, Scan, Print

Le Diamantaire

Scan, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Philippe Vignal, The smile, Print

Philippe Vignal

The smile, 2012
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Madame, Derrière chaque citadelle se niche un jardin, Print


Derrière chaque citadelle se niche un jardin, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Ned, Floralis Alchemy, Print


Floralis Alchemy, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Mario Avati, T Comme Turner, Print

Mario Avati

T Comme Turner, 1981
11.4 x 15.7 inch


Tyler Shields, The couple out the window, Print

Tyler Shields

The couple out the window, 2021
30 x 40 x 2 inch

15,000 - $ 25,000

Jaume Plensa, The Stolen Face _ Le visage volé, Print

Jaume Plensa

The Stolen Face _ Le visage volé, 2021
8.3 x 6.3 x 0.4 inch


Addam Yekutieli, Carrying the weight of our empty spaces, Print

Addam Yekutieli

Carrying the weight of our empty spaces, 2020
16.5 x 11.7 x 0.4 inch


Lou Doillon, Lou, Print

Lou Doillon

Lou, 2021
29.9 x 22 inch


Arman, Crossfire, Print


Crossfire, 1979
30 x 22 inch


Rero, Is your child a tagger, Print


Is your child a tagger, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Wifredo Lam, Orsa Maggiore, Print

Wifredo Lam

Orsa Maggiore, 1975
31.5 x 25.5 inch


Cleon Peterson, Power, Print

Cleon Peterson

Power, 2018
24 x 18.1 x 0 inch


Agnieszka Lech-Binczycka, Melancholy 2, Print

Agnieszka Lech-Binczycka

Melancholy 2, 2018
55.1 x 39.4 inch


Antoni Tapies, Ligne d'horizon, Print

Antoni Tapies

Ligne d'horizon, 1973
11.6 x 18.1 inch


Our recommendations Georges Braque, L'Oiseau et son Nid, Print

Georges Braque

L'Oiseau et son Nid, 1957
16 x 19 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


Icy & Sot, Social Chaos, Print

Icy & Sot

Social Chaos, 2021
22 x 29.9 inch


Zevs, Euro liquidated, Print


Euro liquidated, 2016
42.1 x 26 inch


André Masson, Sans titre, Print

André Masson

Sans titre, 1970
25.6 x 19.7 inch

$712 $838

Levalet, Status Quo, Print


Status Quo, 2019
39.4 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


David Shrigley, To Hell With Zoos, Print

David Shrigley

To Hell With Zoos, 2021
29.9 x 21.7 inch


Lucien Clergue, Trio de Saltimbanques, Arles, Print

Lucien Clergue

Trio de Saltimbanques, Arles, 1992
22 x 18 inch


Shaka, Etude L. Freud, Print


Etude L. Freud, 2011
9.4 x 14 x 0.4 inch


Antonio Saura, Si Mi La Ré, Print

Antonio Saura

Si Mi La Ré, 1991
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Sandrot, Lith-Pr 1, Print


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


Philippe Cognée, Casablanca II, Print

Philippe Cognée

Casablanca II, 2003
9.8 x 12.8 inch


Ghislaine Ferreira, Loup 7, Print

Ghislaine Ferreira

Loup 7, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


Jan Pamula, A subway, Print

Jan Pamula

A subway, 1970
16.3 x 19.5 inch


Kamen Startchev, Purification, Print

Kamen Startchev

Purification, 2015
23.6 x 47.2 inch


Alberto Magnelli, Composition, Print

Alberto Magnelli

Composition, 1960
19 x 13 inch


Joan Hernández Pijuan, Rosa Blanca, Print

Joan Hernández Pijuan

Rosa Blanca, 1987
29.9 x 22 inch


Ziegler T, Star Wars Has a Posse (série complète de 8 sérigraphies), Print

Ziegler T

Star Wars Has a Posse (série complète de 8 sérigraphies), 2019
13.8 x 15.7 inch


Krzysztof Skórczewski, Spring's Holiday, Print

Krzysztof Skórczewski

Spring's Holiday, 2008
9.8 x 13.4 inch


Zbigniew Lutomski, A bird, Print

Zbigniew Lutomski

A bird, 1962
38.6 x 18.1 inch


Jean-Louis Toutain, Sous le réverbère, Print

Jean-Louis Toutain

Sous le réverbère, 2019
22 x 15 inch


Hervé Télémaque, Roland Garros, Print

Hervé Télémaque

Roland Garros, 2000
41.3 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch


Luiza Kasprzyk, XVII, Print

Luiza Kasprzyk

XVII, 2021
16.5 x 35.4 inch


Our recommendations Louise Nevelson, Paris Review, Print

Louise Nevelson

Paris Review, 1968
28.5 x 21 inch


Zdzislaw Wiatr, 14 Przedborska Street, Print

Zdzislaw Wiatr

14 Przedborska Street, 2009
5.9 x 7.5 inch


JJ Adams, Murphy Robocop X Ray, Print

JJ Adams

Murphy Robocop X Ray, 2016
13.8 x 11.4 inch


Erte Tirtoff, Modern Sports Dress for Men, Print

Erte Tirtoff

Modern Sports Dress for Men, 1968
30 x 20 inch


Caroline Veith, September 2015 #1, Print

Caroline Veith

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


Claude Lévêque, Golden World, Print

Claude Lévêque

Golden World, 2018
29.5 x 41.3 inch


Jacek Sowicki, Forget me nots in black, Print

Jacek Sowicki

Forget me nots in black, 1996
23.6 x 18.9 inch


Wieslaw Skibinski, A tapestry, Print

Wieslaw Skibinski

A tapestry, 2006
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Donald Sultan, Pomegranates II, Print

Donald Sultan

Pomegranates II, 1990
47 x 35 inch


Martin Whatson, Eternal Reflection (Green), Print

Martin Whatson

Eternal Reflection (Green), 2020
9.8 x 9.8 inch


Olaf Breuning, Random thoughts about life 1, Print

Olaf Breuning

Random thoughts about life 1, 2018
11 x 16.9 inch


Robert Morris, Inmate Work Project: Perpetual Construction and Dismantling of the Labyrinth from In the Realm of the Carceral, Print

Robert Morris

Inmate Work Project: Perpetual Construction and Dismantling of the Labyrinth from In the Realm of the Carceral, 1978
48 x 37 inch


Marta Bozyk, Callas, Print

Marta Bozyk

Callas, 2017
38.6 x 37.4 inch


Agnieszka Mazek, View II, Print

Agnieszka Mazek

View II, 2005
7.9 x 4.5 inch


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