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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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Shaka, Infrarouge #2, Print


Infrarouge #2, 2019
46.1 x 38.2 inch


Max Ernst, Composition, Print

Max Ernst

Composition, 1970
12.8 x 9.8 x 0 inch


Stoul, Oru MXIV, Print


Oru MXIV, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Julio Le Parc, Optical n.4, Print

Julio Le Parc

Optical n.4, 1976
13.4 x 9.6 x 0 inch


Rafal Olbinski, A conventional sentiment, Print

Rafal Olbinski

A conventional sentiment, 2021
9.4 x 7.1 inch


Whatshisname, Brexit Humpek, Print


Brexit Humpek, 2020
12.8 x 12.8 inch


Mimmo Rotella, Made to Order Love (Marlene Dietrich), Print

Mimmo Rotella

Made to Order Love (Marlene Dietrich), 2004
38 x 28 inch


JonOne, Where There Is the Darkness There Is Light, Print


Where There Is the Darkness There Is Light, 2020
29.5 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch


Stefan Thelen / Super A, Forest Animals, Print

Stefan Thelen / Super A

Forest Animals, 2021
24 x 39.8 x 0 inch


Dale Chihuly, Float, Print

Dale Chihuly

Float, 2017
37 x 25 inch


Alina Davidova, Help Yourself, Print

Alina Davidova

Help Yourself, 2021
24 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch


Duncan Wade, The house at the beginning of time, Print

Duncan Wade

The house at the beginning of time, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch


John Doe, Battle in Vain, Print

John Doe

Battle in Vain, 2013
28 x 15 x 0.4 inch


Philippe Geluck, Les 20 statues, Print

Philippe Geluck

Les 20 statues, 2021
27.6 x 22 inch


Fat, Petit chat, Print


Petit chat, 2020
27.6 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Gomor, Above the sky, Print


Above the sky, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Jean Miotte, Élegie, Print

Jean Miotte

Élegie, 1992
49.6 x 34.6 inch


Aiiroh, Spiderwoman, Print


Spiderwoman, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Piotre, Karl Lagerfeld - Piotre X Overside, Print


Karl Lagerfeld - Piotre X Overside, 2020
51.2 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Jacques Monory, Meurtre n°5, Print

Jacques Monory

Meurtre n°5, 2014
35.2 x 23.6 inch


Yrjö Edelmann, Repetitive sensations of Yves Klein Blue II., Print

Yrjö Edelmann

Repetitive sensations of Yves Klein Blue II., 2016
24 x 20.1 inch


Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-267), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-267), 1982
42.1 x 29.9 inch


Jesús-Rafael Soto, Untitled, (Black And Silver), Print

Jesús-Rafael Soto

Untitled, (Black And Silver), 1970
38.8 x 30.5 x 0.1 inch


Katre, Porto perspectives, Print


Porto perspectives, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Rafael Alberti, Horse Flies, Print

Rafael Alberti

Horse Flies, 1970
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Maurice Douard, Mur 18, Print

Maurice Douard

Mur 18, 2020
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Our recommendations Chiho Aoshima, Hot Spring, Print

Chiho Aoshima

Hot Spring, 2005
26.8 x 26.8 inch


Monk, Camo Polar Bear, Print


Camo Polar Bear, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Simon Hantaï, Empreinte II, Print

Simon Hantaï

Empreinte II, 2003
7.7 x 5.1 inch


Our recommendations Joan Hernández Pijuan, Iris blau 1, Print

Joan Hernández Pijuan

Iris blau 1, 1994
15 x 11 inch


Michael Taylor, In Good Company, Print

Michael Taylor

In Good Company, 2016
50.4 x 38.6 x 0.4 inch


Polo 51.67, His aimess, Print

Polo 51.67

His aimess, 2018
16.1 x 22 inch


Eugénie Fauny, Genius, Print

Eugénie Fauny

Genius, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.3 inch


Mario Radice, The Death of Lovers, Print

Mario Radice

The Death of Lovers, 1964
17.3 x 13 x 0.1 inch


Gino Severini, Omaggio a Boccioni, Print

Gino Severini

Omaggio a Boccioni, 1962
12.8 x 10.2 x 0 inch


Pierre La Police, Tata, Print

Pierre La Police

Tata, 2018
24 x 35.4 inch


Mario Padovan, Hidden Flowers, Print

Mario Padovan

Hidden Flowers, 1970
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Farhad Moshiri, Indian Boy in the Spot Light, Print

Farhad Moshiri

Indian Boy in the Spot Light, 2013
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Michel Lepatre, Untitled, Print

Michel Lepatre

Untitled, 1980
15 x 11 x 0 inch


Jean Le Gac, Les demoiselles d'Avignon II, Print

Jean Le Gac

Les demoiselles d'Avignon II, 2008
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Walter Barrientos, Hormiga Amoroso, Print

Walter Barrientos

Hormiga Amoroso, 2011
61.4 x 21.7 x 2 inch


Gianpistone, Abstract Colored Composition, Print


Abstract Colored Composition, 1970
27.8 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Sandro Trotti, Risciò, Print

Sandro Trotti

Risciò, 1970
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Levalet & Zenoy, Collaboration - Levalet/Zenoy - Pandore, Print

Levalet & Zenoy

Collaboration - Levalet/Zenoy - Pandore, 2018
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Christiane Vleugels, Faith 60/100, Print

Christiane Vleugels

Faith 60/100, 2020
55.1 x 38.6 inch


Nino Franchina, Geroglifico Blu, Print

Nino Franchina

Geroglifico Blu, 1973
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Cécile Jaunet, Enchanté de vous connaitre mon écho, Print

Cécile Jaunet

Enchanté de vous connaitre mon écho, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch


Jean-Pierre Stholl, Hommage à Gustave Doré (coffret), Print

Jean-Pierre Stholl

Hommage à Gustave Doré (coffret), 2013
13.4 x 9.8 inch


André Verdet, Sans-Titre, Print

André Verdet

Sans-Titre, 2004
19.5 x 15.7 inch


James Rosenquist, Somewhere, Print

James Rosenquist

Somewhere, 1981
33.9 x 32.7 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations Trendafila Trendafilova, Does the beauty looks like truth, Print

Trendafila Trendafilova

Does the beauty looks like truth, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Vincenzo Monti, Landscape, Print

Vincenzo Monti

Landscape, 1970
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Ërell, "K", Print


"K", 2017
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Jeffrey Isaac, Diversions, Print

Jeffrey Isaac

Diversions, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Giuseppe Riccardo Lanza, Untitled, Print

Giuseppe Riccardo Lanza

Untitled, 1970
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Shoici Hasegawa, C'était une Bonne Journée, Print

Shoici Hasegawa

C'était une Bonne Journée, 1970
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch


Emile Deschler, Le Retour par la Plage (Tunisie), Print

Emile Deschler

Le Retour par la Plage (Tunisie), 1977
18.1 x 21.7 x 0.1 inch


Pietro Vanni, Landscape, Print

Pietro Vanni

Landscape, 1970
19.7 x 25.6 x 0 inch


Tommaso Cascella, Waterpolo, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Tommaso Cascella

Waterpolo, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Enrique Marin, Rendez-vous à Valparaiso, Print

Enrique Marin

Rendez-vous à Valparaiso, 1989
36.2 x 29.9 inch


Montserrat Casacuberta, Vistas al mar, Print

Montserrat Casacuberta

Vistas al mar, 2002
11.4 x 11 inch


Rafael Canogar, Escena Urbana I, Print

Rafael Canogar

Escena Urbana I, 1989
29.5 x 41.3 inch


César Andrade, Linigrama 205, Print

César Andrade

Linigrama 205, 1986
20.5 x 16.5 inch


Martine Goeyens, The Storm, Print

Martine Goeyens

The Storm, 2002
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


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