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Butterfly Print

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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Ludo, 344, Print

Ludo

344, 2014
21.7 x 23.6 inch
Print

$578

Our recommendations Marie-Noëlle Deverre, Pulmo marinus 3, Print

Marie-Noëlle Deverre

Pulmo marinus 3, 2011
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$591

Victoria Horkan, The Knights And Kings, Print

Victoria Horkan

The Knights And Kings, 2019
29.9 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$435

Carlos Amorales, Mariposas Negras 3, Print

Carlos Amorales

Mariposas Negras 3, 2008
44.9 x 34.6 inch
Print

$1,846

François Lork, Le papillon, Print

François Lork

Le papillon, 2017
5.5 x 3.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$185

Cesare Peverelli, Untitled, Print

Cesare Peverelli

Untitled, 1970
19.7 x 13.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$308

Sante Monachesi, Jubilee, Print

Sante Monachesi

Jubilee, 1970
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$283

Salvador Dali, Le Tricorne - Au nom roi !, Print

Salvador Dali

Le Tricorne - Au nom roi !, 1959
12.7 x 8.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$4,357

Takashi Murakami, !N-CHA!, Print

Takashi Murakami

!N-CHA!, 1999
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$3,323

Marie-Noëlle Deverre, Pulmo marinus 1, Print

Marie-Noëlle Deverre

Pulmo marinus 1, 2011
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$591

Vasil Angelov, Zodiac 8 - Virgo, Print

Vasil Angelov

Zodiac 8 - Virgo, 2015
5.9 x 5.9 x 0.1 inch
Print

$86

Sumit Mehndiratta, Flight Delight, Print

Sumit Mehndiratta

Flight Delight, 2019
33.1 x 66.1 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,440

Sumit Mehndiratta, Whumpaloo, Print

Sumit Mehndiratta

Whumpaloo, 2019
46.1 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,255

La Fabrique du Sourire, Papillon Sourire, Print

La Fabrique du Sourire

Papillon Sourire, 2012
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Print

$154

Francisco Nicolás, Birds 0018, Print

Francisco Nicolás

Birds 0018, 2017
11.8 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Print

$178

Akané Kirimura, Paysage intime-VI, Print

Akané Kirimura

Paysage intime-VI, 2004
8.3 x 6.3 inch
Print

$111

Akané Kirimura, Paysage intime-V, Print

Akané Kirimura

Paysage intime-V, 2004
8.3 x 6.3 inch
Print

$111

Bernhard Cociancig, Scarce Swallow Tail, Print

Bernhard Cociancig

Scarce Swallow Tail, 2019
19.5 x 19.5 x 0.04 inch
Print

$600

Wladimiro Tulli, Halley, Print

Wladimiro Tulli

Halley, 1970
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$357

Jane Sager, By appointment only, Print

Jane Sager

By appointment only, 2015
59.1 x 59.1 x 0.8 inch
Print

$9,231

Carlos Amorales, Mariposas Negras 3, Print

Carlos Amorales

Mariposas Negras 3, 2008
44.9 x 34.6 inch
Print

$1,846

Carlos Amorales, Mariposas Negras 2, Print

Carlos Amorales

Mariposas Negras 2, 2008
44.9 x 26.8 inch
Print

$1,846

Carlos Amorales, Mariposas Negras 1, Print

Carlos Amorales

Mariposas Negras 1, 2008
44.9 x 34.6 inch
Print

$1,846

Louise McNaught, Hidden Rainbows, Print

Louise McNaught

Hidden Rainbows, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$406

Simone Webb, Affinity, Print

Simone Webb

Affinity, 2014
16.1 x 12.2 x 0 inch
Print

$370

Dunja Jankovic, Module 6, Print

Dunja Jankovic

Module 6, 2016
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$111

Ann Bridges, Three Butterfly cakes, Print

Ann Bridges

Three Butterfly cakes, 2019
20.3 x 20.3 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,087

François Lork, Fantastique noir et blanc n°17 - Version bleue, Print

François Lork

Fantastique noir et blanc n°17 - Version bleue, 2017
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.4 inch
Print

$332

Gianluca Gambino (Tenia), Papilio Feralis, Print

Gianluca Gambino (Tenia)

Papilio Feralis, 2018
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch
Print

$222

Death NYC, Purple Dog, Print

Death NYC

Purple Dog, 2012
12.6 x 17.7 x 0 inch
Print

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Damien Hirst, I Love You, Print

Damien Hirst

I Love You, 2015
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

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Leszek Rózga, Indian summer, Print

Leszek Rózga

Indian summer, 1972
9.8 x 12.6 inch
Print

$985

Kerry Darlington, Wish Upon a Paper Butterfly, Print

Kerry Darlington

Wish Upon a Paper Butterfly, 2019
20.1 x 22.8 x 0.8 inch
Print

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Kerry Darlington, Midnight Gold, Print

Kerry Darlington

Midnight Gold, 2019
13 x 13 x 0.8 inch
Print

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