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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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Valerio Adami, Lire, Print

Valerio Adami

Lire, 2009
9.1 x 5.5 inch


John Matos Crash, X-Men Suite: Wolverine; Storm; Magento; Cyclops (Four Artworks), Print

John Matos Crash

X-Men Suite: Wolverine; Storm; Magento; Cyclops (Four Artworks), 2000
24 x 18 inch


Marta Zawadzka, Frida, Print

Marta Zawadzka

Frida, 2021
24 x 20.1 x 0 inch


Juan Cordero, Back to black  Patriotic mess 1, Print

Juan Cordero

Back to black Patriotic mess 1, 2019
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch


Dan McCarthy, Paris, Texas / Sunrise, Print

Dan McCarthy

Paris, Texas / Sunrise, 2019
23.5 x 35 inch


Laurent Durieux, Bureau des Légendes - Saison 5, Print

Laurent Durieux

Bureau des Légendes - Saison 5, 2020
36 x 24 inch


Claude Viallat, Sans Titre, Print

Claude Viallat

Sans Titre, 2004
47.2 x 45.3 x 0.1 inch


Francis Bacon, Triptych 1987, Print

Francis Bacon

Triptych 1987, 1989
37.2 x 26.8 x 0 inch


Sonia Delaunay, Automne, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Automne, 1965
35.9 x 25.9 x 0.1 inch


Denial, Hermès, Print


Hermès, 2019
24 x 18.1 inch


Gum, Teletubbies, Print


Teletubbies, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Luke Newton, Crayons not colts, Print

Luke Newton

Crayons not colts, 2015
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Rero, Untitled (Don't Tell Me The Truth...), Print


Untitled (Don't Tell Me The Truth...), 2013
30 x 22 inch


Carlos Cruz-Diez, Color Aditivo Cantarrana 2, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Color Aditivo Cantarrana 2, 2016
27.6 x 39.4 inch


Le Corbusier, Untitled, Print

Le Corbusier

Untitled, 1953
22.4 x 17.7 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Seize Happywallmaker, Alphanomega Nova, Print

Seize Happywallmaker

Alphanomega Nova, 2015
20.5 x 20.5 x 1.2 inch


Momies, Lignes abstraites, Print


Lignes abstraites, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Pichi & Avo, The birth of a new myth, Print

Pichi & Avo

The birth of a new myth, 2018
23.6 x 26.8 inch


Philippe Grimaud, Don't Break It, Print

Philippe Grimaud

Don't Break It, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 0 inch


Katre, Porto perspectives, Print


Porto perspectives, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Shen Jingdong, Sans titre, Print

Shen Jingdong

Sans titre, 2010
29.5 x 21.7 inch


Anita Molinero, Le jour où le ciel a pissé des boues rouges, Print

Anita Molinero

Le jour où le ciel a pissé des boues rouges, 2018
14.8 x 43.3 x 0.8 inch


Lek, Estampe 1, Print


Estampe 1, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 inch


León Ferrari, A un lado por la izquierda, Print

León Ferrari

A un lado por la izquierda, 2009
22 x 15 inch


Gad Berry, David Bowie, Print

Gad Berry

David Bowie, 2019
43.3 x 43.3 x 2 inch


Gianpistone, Abstract Colored Composition, Print


Abstract Colored Composition, 1970
27.8 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Laurent Perbos, Sans titre, Print

Laurent Perbos

Sans titre, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Riccardo Tommasi Ferroni, Figure, Print

Riccardo Tommasi Ferroni

Figure, 1970
23.4 x 17.3 x 0 inch


Giuseppe Malandrino, Navona Square (Rome, Italy), Print

Giuseppe Malandrino

Navona Square (Rome, Italy), 1970
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.1 inch


Axel Knipschild, Fire Tongue, Print

Axel Knipschild

Fire Tongue, 1969
16.5 x 23.4 x 0.1 inch


Alain Gilier, Cannette 1-1.1, Print

Alain Gilier

Cannette 1-1.1, 2017
20.9 x 28 x 1.6 inch


Sami Burhan, Orangish Figure, Print

Sami Burhan

Orangish Figure, 1969
19.3 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Robert Crumb, Weirdo-Number 26, Print

Robert Crumb

Weirdo-Number 26, 2011
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Alfons Borrell, Records de paisatge 1, Print

Alfons Borrell

Records de paisatge 1, 1993
17.7 x 22.4 inch


Gunther Forg, Sans titre (Grid Picture), Print

Gunther Forg

Sans titre (Grid Picture), 2001
26.8 x 20.5 x 0.4 inch


Jean-Pierre Alaux, Lecture II, Print

Jean-Pierre Alaux

Lecture II, 1970
19.2 x 25.6 x 0.1 inch


Pompeo Borra, Woman In Red, Print

Pompeo Borra

Woman In Red, 1973
13.1 x 9.4 x 0.1 inch


Reinhoud d'Haese, 17 Contre, Print

Reinhoud d'Haese

17 Contre, 1970
26 x 18.9 x 0 inch


Kg'akg'am Tshabu, Kori Bustards and Kgom Berries, Print

Kg'akg'am Tshabu

Kori Bustards and Kgom Berries, 2013
19.7 x 25.6 inch


Rosario Mazzella, Natura Morta (Still Life), Print

Rosario Mazzella

Natura Morta (Still Life), 1970
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Le Oben, Abstract Landscape, Print

Le Oben

Abstract Landscape, 1970
22.4 x 26.8 x 0 inch


Carlo Ballicu, Figures, Print

Carlo Ballicu

Figures, 1990
21.9 x 14.2 x 0 inch


Antoinette Raphaël Mafai, Still Life, Print

Antoinette Raphaël Mafai

Still Life, 1950
26.6 x 18.9 x 0.1 inch


Mauro Reggiani, Composition, Print

Mauro Reggiani

Composition, 1972
18.1 x 18.1 x 0 inch


Stefan Nikolaev, Poster postérité, Print

Stefan Nikolaev

Poster postérité, 2003
68.1 x 47.2 inch


Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana Power: Monster I, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Nana Power: Monster I, 1970
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch


Gabriele de Santis, Manifesto 2017, Print

Gabriele de Santis

Manifesto 2017, 2017
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Paul Rousteau, Tour Eiffel 2, Print

Paul Rousteau

Tour Eiffel 2, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Bellus, Top 50, Print


Top 50, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Banele Khoza, Don't Forget the Tomatoes, Print

Banele Khoza

Don't Forget the Tomatoes, 2019
22.4 x 30.3 inch


Mateo López, Regla calendario, Print

Mateo López

Regla calendario, 2012
23.2 x 16.5 inch


Sara Cao, Dung Beetles, Print

Sara Cao

Dung Beetles, 2013
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Walter Battiss, Fook Book I, Print

Walter Battiss

Fook Book I, 1975
9.1 x 7.9 x 1.2 inch


Keymi, Shit Classic, Print


Shit Classic, 2019
18.9 x 14.2 inch


Slim Aarons, Palm beach idyll, Print

Slim Aarons

Palm beach idyll, 1955
39.8 x 39.8 inch


Stefan Brüggemann, Portfolio Untitled (Joke & definition), Print

Stefan Brüggemann

Portfolio Untitled (Joke & definition), 2011
33.9 x 39 inch


Chuck Sperry, Leftover Salmon Stanley Hotel, Print

Chuck Sperry

Leftover Salmon Stanley Hotel, 2017
35 x 13.6 inch


Maria Luisa Azzini, Wonderful panoramic view of London in a parallel dimension, Print

Maria Luisa Azzini

Wonderful panoramic view of London in a parallel dimension, 2017
5.7 x 7.8 x 0.1 inch


Julia Chausson, Île de la Cité, Print

Julia Chausson

Île de la Cité, 2019
9.8 x 13 inch


Osru, Skate / Poupée Russe, Print


Skate / Poupée Russe, 2019
37.4 x 13 inch


Our recommendations Alex Katz, Pink Kym, Print

Alex Katz

Pink Kym, 1995
24 x 19.1 inch


Bang Hai Ja, Danse de Lumière (sérigraphie), Print

Bang Hai Ja

Danse de Lumière (sérigraphie), 2015
24.6 x 24.6 x 0.2 inch


Sophie Derrick, Seize - Blue Progress, Print

Sophie Derrick

Seize - Blue Progress, 2016
23.6 x 16.1 inch


Kim En Joong, Composition abstraite 7, Print

Kim En Joong

Composition abstraite 7, 1989
29.9 x 25.6 inch


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