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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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Lucien Clergue, Downtown Lion, Print

Lucien Clergue

Downtown Lion, 1967
20 x 25.5 inch
Print

$2,000

Roy Ahlgren, Inca, Print

Roy Ahlgren

Inca, 1984
30 x 22 inch
Print

$600

Stéphanie Malossane, Inner light blue, Print

Stéphanie Malossane

Inner light blue, 2018
31.9 x 23.6 x 1 inch
Print

$1,333

Ramos Sanchez, Bison with Aloe Plants, Print

Ramos Sanchez

Bison with Aloe Plants, 2015
10.5 x 14 inch
Print

$360

L'Atlas, Just another seal, Print

L'Atlas

Just another seal, 2020
22 x 22 inch
Print

$388

Antoni Tapies, Untitled - Berlin Suite, Print

Antoni Tapies

Untitled - Berlin Suite, 1974
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$2,302

Wifredo Lam, Demoiselle Blasonnée, Print

Wifredo Lam

Demoiselle Blasonnée, 1974
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$969

Mark Tobey, Summer Joy, Print

Mark Tobey

Summer Joy, 1972
30.2 x 21.9 x 0 inch
Print

$824

Laurent Grasso, Set of 3 signed posters, Print

Laurent Grasso

Set of 3 signed posters, 2018
27.6 x 68.9 inch
Print

$606

Fabien Verschaere, Me versus me, Print

Fabien Verschaere

Me versus me, 2012
11.8 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Print

$606

Mimmo Rotella, Fuori Corso 2001, Print

Mimmo Rotella

Fuori Corso 2001, 2001
16.1 x 19.9 x 0.1 inch
Print

$4,604

Jean Hélion, Force de la mer I, Print

Jean Hélion

Force de la mer I, 1965
15 x 20.9 inch
Print

$424

Madsaki, Enter the Dragon II (inspired by Robert Clouse), Print

Madsaki

Enter the Dragon II (inspired by Robert Clouse), 2020
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Print

$2,126

Roberto Crippa, Plate VI from Suns/Landscapes, Print

Roberto Crippa

Plate VI from Suns/Landscapes, 1972
19.7 x 14.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$2,181

Augusto Garau, Untitled, Print

Augusto Garau

Untitled, 1970
19.7 x 13.8 x 0 inch
Print

$533

Our recommendations Robert Longo, Black flag, Print

Robert Longo

Black flag, 1999
28 x 43.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$10,904

Our recommendations Olivier Mosset, Without title, Print

Olivier Mosset

Without title, 2018
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Print

$2,300

Constantin Terechkovitch, Dancers, Print

Constantin Terechkovitch

Dancers, 1930
15 x 22.4 x 0 inch
Print

$2,181

Alberto Di Fabio, Canoe, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Alberto Di Fabio

Canoe, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$591

Guido La Regina, Composition, Print

Guido La Regina

Composition, 1980
25.6 x 17.7 x 0 inch
Print

$485

Louis-René Berge, Une Aile, Print

Louis-René Berge

Une Aile, 1962
19.6 x 25.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$582

Tomek Jarolim, Venise, Print

Tomek Jarolim

Venise, 2021
7.9 x 12.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,309 $1,454

Fabio Mauri, Tennis, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Fabio Mauri

Tennis, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
27.6 x 37.2 x 0 inch
Print

$945

Jose Ciuha, Composition, Print

Jose Ciuha

Composition, 1970
19.7 x 25.6 x 0 inch
Print

$410 $545

Raphaël Zarka, Sculpture Gnomonique (Lavaur Bodegon 1), Print

Raphaël Zarka

Sculpture Gnomonique (Lavaur Bodegon 1), 2019
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$363

Aldo Pugliesi, Gnu, Print

Aldo Pugliesi

Gnu, 1971
19.5 x 27.2 x 0 inch
Print

$363

Claudette Schreuders, Mother and Child, Print

Claudette Schreuders

Mother and Child, 2017
15.4 x 11 inch
Print

$1,454

Jovan Vulic, Berber Woman, Print

Jovan Vulic

Berber Woman, 1988
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$218

Kuru Art Project, Qauqaua, Print

Kuru Art Project

Qauqaua, 1996
11.4 x 10.6 x 1.2 inch
Print

$2,423

George Barbier, Les Allies a Versailles, Print

George Barbier

Les Allies a Versailles, 1920
12.2 x 17.7 x 0 inch
Print

$3,392

Patrick Hamilton, Lanz project, Print

Patrick Hamilton

Lanz project, 2012
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$5,452

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

GR1

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

$230

Skye Weinglass, Distance of Existence, Print

Skye Weinglass

Distance of Existence, 2018
9.4 x 6.3 x 0.1 inch
Print

$180

Philippe Pasqua, Vanité aux papillons rouges, Print

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité aux papillons rouges, 2016
78.7 x 59.1 x 3.1 inch
Print

$21,809

Joanna Woyda, Self-portrait, Print

Joanna Woyda

Self-portrait, 2011
8.7 x 19.3 inch
Print

$206

Conrad Marca-Relli, Composition 4, Print

Conrad Marca-Relli

Composition 4, 1977
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$1,696

Roman Klonek, Soft at the top, Print

Roman Klonek

Soft at the top, 2014
24 x 19.3 x 1.6 inch
Print

$909

José Luis Cuevas, Pareja en el mar, Print

José Luis Cuevas

Pareja en el mar, 1981
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$727

Pierre Soulages, Lithographie N. 15, Print

Pierre Soulages

Lithographie N. 15, 1964
25.8 x 19.7 inch
Print

$29,078

Pedro Friedeberg, Encuentro de Dos Mundos, Print

Pedro Friedeberg

Encuentro de Dos Mundos, 1987
24 x 24 inch
Print

$1,200

Vicente Pascual Rodrigo, Unicamente se oye el sileci, Print

Vicente Pascual Rodrigo

Unicamente se oye el sileci, 1985
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$606

Dugudus, Combattre L'ignorance, Print

Dugudus

Combattre L'ignorance, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$109

Sergi Aguilar, Untitled 2, Print

Sergi Aguilar

Untitled 2, 1984
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$424

Guillaume Cornet, Mont Saint Michel - Dark Watercolours, Print

Guillaume Cornet

Mont Saint Michel - Dark Watercolours, 2016
35.4 x 26.8 x 1.6 inch
Print

$2,241

Mario Prassinos, Vagues, Print

Mario Prassinos

Vagues, 1968
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$727

Vicente Rojo, Barcelona, Print

Vicente Rojo

Barcelona, 1987
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$545

Our recommendations NumericEric, Japan 1, Print

NumericEric

Japan 1, 2017
47.2 x 31.5 inch
Print

$485

Franciszek Bunsch, Dark Side of the Moon, Print

Franciszek Bunsch

Dark Side of the Moon, 2002
7.1 x 5.5 x 0.2 inch
Print

$473

Irena Snarska, Butterfly's tragedy, Print

Irena Snarska

Butterfly's tragedy, 1990
25.2 x 19.3 inch
Print

$666

Peter Blake, Cat and Dog, Print

Peter Blake

Cat and Dog, 2014
11.7 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$1,418

Alain Chardon, Présence, la vallée, Print

Alain Chardon

Présence, la vallée, 2006
33.5 x 24.4 x 0 inch
Print

$660

Kelly Vincent, The Ruralist vs Mario, Print

Kelly Vincent

The Ruralist vs Mario, 2020
20.5 x 30.3 x 0.4 inch
Print

$425

Constant Nieuwenhuys, Spelende honden (Playing dogs), Print

Constant Nieuwenhuys

Spelende honden (Playing dogs), 1991
23.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$1,090

Stephane Franck Berthelot, Sans titre, Print

Stephane Franck Berthelot

Sans titre, 2018
23.6 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,817

Ed Moses, Shago 6, Print

Ed Moses

Shago 6, 1989
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$1,212

Johnny Friedlaender, Titre non identifié 10, Print

Johnny Friedlaender

Titre non identifié 10, 1945
16.5 x 22 inch
Print

$485

Alberto Porta (Zush), Ahandru, Print

Alberto Porta (Zush)

Ahandru, 1996
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$545

Roman Banaszewski, Meetings II, Print

Roman Banaszewski

Meetings II, 1999
16.9 x 22 inch
Print

$666

Ray Smith, Autoportrait aux chiens, Print

Ray Smith

Autoportrait aux chiens, 1998
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$485

Hans Erni, Chat, Print

Hans Erni

Chat, 1970
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$1,090

Remi Bertoche, My beach car, Print

Remi Bertoche

My beach car, 2016
31.5 x 47.2 x 1.6 inch
Print

$1,199

Salvador SORIA, Sans titre, Print

Salvador SORIA

Sans titre, 1999
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$1,454

Joe Yazzie, Flay Blanket, Print

Joe Yazzie

Flay Blanket, 2014
28 x 20 x 1.5 inch
Print

$480

Ralph Goings, Blue Diner, Print

Ralph Goings

Blue Diner, 1995
35 x 44 inch
Print

$1,800

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