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Embossing 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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Bisco Smith, No Justice, No Peace, Print

Bisco Smith

No Justice, No Peace, 2020
24 x 18.1 inch
Print

$618

Kumi Sugaï, 95, Print

Kumi Sugaï

95, 1995
30.7 x 22.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$680

James Jean, The Editor Night Mode, Print

James Jean

The Editor Night Mode, 2020
27.8 x 21.5 x 0 inch
Print

$2,337

Hans Richter, Untitled, Print

Hans Richter

Untitled, 1971
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$927

Enrique Marin, Rendez-vous à Valparaiso, Print

Enrique Marin

Rendez-vous à Valparaiso, 1989
36.2 x 29.9 inch
Print

$742

Waltercio Caldas, WC 56 1, Print

Waltercio Caldas

WC 56 1, 2015
30.3 x 22.4 inch
Print

$2,226

Leopoldo Nóvoa, Sans titre dite Rose, Print

Leopoldo Nóvoa

Sans titre dite Rose, 2005
20.9 x 15 inch
Print

$470

Evaristo Benitez, Sans titre, Print

Evaristo Benitez

Sans titre, 1957
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$495

Janusz Akermann, That's her, my beloved one, Print

Janusz Akermann

That's her, my beloved one, 1996
24.8 x 36.4 inch
Print

$1,360

Blaise Simon Balazs, 1987 Mains  Hands, Print

Blaise Simon Balazs

1987 Mains Hands, 1987
9.8 x 12.4 x 0.2 inch
Print

$309

Elzbieta Bocianowska, Rhythm VII, Print

Elzbieta Bocianowska

Rhythm VII, 2016
2.6 x 2.6 inch
Print

$148

Sojuac, Around the world Limited Edition, Print

Sojuac

Around the world Limited Edition, 2016
23.6 x 29.5 x 1.2 inch
Print

$507

Michaël Cailloux, Semence, Print

Michaël Cailloux

Semence, 2016
15.7 x 11 x 0.2 inch
Print

$618

Anton Lamazares, Follas de sempre VIII, Print

Anton Lamazares

Follas de sempre VIII, 2003
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,484

Impression Parisienne, Around the World Limited Edition Creanog x Impression Parisienne, Print

Impression Parisienne

Around the World Limited Edition Creanog x Impression Parisienne, 2016
23.6 x 29.5 x 1.2 inch
Print

$495

Étienne Hajdu, Hommage à Jean Cassou, Print

Étienne Hajdu

Hommage à Jean Cassou, 1968
15.2 x 22.2 x 0 inch
Print

$680

Salvador Dali, Anemone per Anti-Pasti (Anemone of the Toreador) from Florals, Print

Salvador Dali

Anemone per Anti-Pasti (Anemone of the Toreador) from Florals, 1972
29.5 x 21.75 inch
Print

$3,000

Jean Miotte, Composition #2, Print

Jean Miotte

Composition #2, 1994
26 x 20.1 inch
Print

$742

Jean Miotte, Composition #3, Print

Jean Miotte

Composition #3, 1994
26 x 20.1 inch
Print

$742

Bisco Smith, Steady the ship, Print

Bisco Smith

Steady the ship, 2020
24 x 18.1 inch
Print

$742

Bisco Smith, Hold the ground, Print

Bisco Smith

Hold the ground, 2020
24 x 18.1 inch
Print

$742

Jean Miotte, Composition #1, Print

Jean Miotte

Composition #1, 1994
26 x 20.1 inch
Print

$742

Max Papart, Magicien, Print

Max Papart

Magicien, 1992
36.2 x 30.3 inch
Print

$680

Max Papart, L'As de Trèfle, Print

Max Papart

L'As de Trèfle, 1992
36.2 x 30.3 inch
Print

$680

Max Papart, Fakir, Print

Max Papart

Fakir, 1992
36.2 x 30.3 inch
Print

$680

James Jean, Lory, Print

James Jean

Lory, 2020
14 x 11 x 0.1 inch
Print

$2,597

Hans Richter, Untitled, Print

Hans Richter

Untitled, 1970
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$927

Walter Barrientos, Sans Titre, Print

Walter Barrientos

Sans Titre, 2019
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$278

Walter Barrientos, Sans Titre, Print

Walter Barrientos

Sans Titre, 2019
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$278

Walter Barrientos, Le temps des cerises, Print

Walter Barrientos

Le temps des cerises, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$594

Walter Barrientos, Le soldat inconnu, Print

Walter Barrientos

Le soldat inconnu, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$594

Walter Barrientos, La Traviata, Print

Walter Barrientos

La Traviata, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$594

Walter Barrientos, Ichucha Mana Mamayok, Print

Walter Barrientos

Ichucha Mana Mamayok, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$594

Walter Barrientos, Ces gens-là, Print

Walter Barrientos

Ces gens-là, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$594

Marie-Noëlle Deverre, À col ouvert 2, Print

Marie-Noëlle Deverre

À col ouvert 2, 2017
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$742

Marie-Noëlle Deverre, À col ouvert 1, Print

Marie-Noëlle Deverre

À col ouvert 1, 2017
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$742

Marie-Noëlle Deverre, Gestatio, Print

Marie-Noëlle Deverre

Gestatio, 2013
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$742

Enrique Marin, L'Homme-Oiseau, Print

Enrique Marin

L'Homme-Oiseau, 1989
29.9 x 36.2 inch
Print

$742

Leopoldo Nóvoa, Sans titre dite Bande noire, Print

Leopoldo Nóvoa

Sans titre dite Bande noire, 2006
34.3 x 22 inch
Print

$791

Leopoldo Nóvoa, Sans titre dite Litho Grise, Print

Leopoldo Nóvoa

Sans titre dite Litho Grise, 2012
12.4 x 18.9 inch
Print

$433

Costa, Chiffres, Print

Costa

Chiffres, 2016
17.3 x 17.3 inch
Print

$618

Isis Bi-M, 167*) Coeurelle 2/11, Print

Isis Bi-M

167*) Coeurelle 2/11, 2020
13.8 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$173

Isis Bi-M, 08) Moustachu, Print

Isis Bi-M

08) Moustachu, 2018
10.2 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$148

Isis Bi-M, 17)d 12) La part d'espoir, Print

Isis Bi-M

17)d 12) La part d'espoir, 2019
10.2 x 7.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$148

Akané Kirimura, Appearance-IV, Print

Akané Kirimura

Appearance-IV, 2017
11.8 x 9.4 inch
Print

$272

Akané Kirimura, Appearance-III, Print

Akané Kirimura

Appearance-III, 2017
11.8 x 9.4 inch
Print

$272

Akané Kirimura, Appearance-II, Print

Akané Kirimura

Appearance-II, 2017
11.8 x 9.4 inch
Print

$272

Akané Kirimura, Appearance-I, Print

Akané Kirimura

Appearance-I, 2017
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$272

Alëxone, Chevauche ton tigre, Print

Alëxone

Chevauche ton tigre, 2020
23.6 x 30.7 inch
Print

$680

Max Papart, Composition, Gravure en relief signée, Print

Max Papart

Composition, Gravure en relief signée, 1978
22 x 29.9 x 0 inch
Print

$495

Max Papart, Composition, Gravure en relief signée, Print

Max Papart

Composition, Gravure en relief signée, 1978
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$556

Max Papart, Composition, Gravure en relief signée, Print

Max Papart

Composition, Gravure en relief signée, 1974
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$618

Max Papart, Composition gravure en relief signée, Print

Max Papart

Composition gravure en relief signée, 1995
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$556

Max Papart, Composition gravure en relief signée, Print

Max Papart

Composition gravure en relief signée, 1995
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$618

Max Papart, Les yeux, Print

Max Papart

Les yeux, 1978
22 x 29.9 x 0 inch
Print

$556

Max Papart, Profil au 5, Print

Max Papart

Profil au 5, 1978
22 x 29.9 x 0 inch
Print

$556

Max Papart, Sans titre, Print

Max Papart

Sans titre, 1985
22 x 29.9 x 0 inch
Print

$742

Antoni Clavé, Un instrument, Print

Antoni Clavé

Un instrument, 1989
35.8 x 26.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$2,720

Antoni Clavé, Un instrument, Print

Antoni Clavé

Un instrument, 1989
35.8 x 26.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,484

Antoni Clavé, Estels, Print

Antoni Clavé

Estels, 1989
35.8 x 26.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$2,720

Antoni Clavé, Estel blanc, Print

Antoni Clavé

Estel blanc, 1989
35.8 x 26.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$2,720

Josep Guinovart, Poeta en Nueva York, Print

Josep Guinovart

Poeta en Nueva York, 1987
19.3 x 18.7 x 0 inch
Print

$4,946

Ivan Messac, Vue elliptique de dos comme de Face..., Print

Ivan Messac

Vue elliptique de dos comme de Face..., 2016
29.5 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Print

$816

Roser Bru, Velasquez Menine, Print

Roser Bru

Velasquez Menine, 1979
29.9 x 22 x 0.1 inch
Print

$495

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