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Embroidery 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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Jiyoung Kim, Show my hand, Print

Jiyoung Kim

Show my hand, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Print

$6,273

Our recommendations Hildegarde Handsaeme, Dance with me, Print

Hildegarde Handsaeme

Dance with me, 2021
11.8 x 15.7 inch
Print

$627

Jazzu, OUF!, Print

Jazzu

OUF!, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$376

Homek, Au fil de mes lettres, Print

Homek

Au fil de mes lettres, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$677 $753

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Page 8, Print

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Page 8, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$276

Le Diamantaire, Scan, Print

Le Diamantaire

Scan, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$439

Sun7, Red sun 21, Print

Sun7

Red sun 21, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$489

Vincent Richeux, Madiba, Print

Vincent Richeux

Madiba, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$339

Regina Correa, Sewing Box, Print

Regina Correa

Sewing Box, 2016
7.1 x 4.7 x 0 inch
Print

$753

David Ozer, Hagakure, Print

David Ozer

Hagakure, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$502

Carmine Marini, Leaf, Print

Carmine Marini

Leaf, 2021
15 x 15 x 0.2 inch
Print

$1,217

Vision, Brandz, Print

Vision

Brandz, 2021
11.8 x 15.7 inch
Print

$439

Jiyoung Kim, Show my hand, Print

Jiyoung Kim

Show my hand, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Print

$6,273

Bishop Parigo, Yellow Birds, Print

Bishop Parigo

Yellow Birds, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$439

Keymi, Et ce fût son dernier cadeau, Print

Keymi

Et ce fût son dernier cadeau, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$301

Sonia Delaunay, Ville de Paris, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Ville de Paris, 1971
74 x 59.1 x 0.8 inch
Print

$37,010

Soklak Elgato, Encrypted alien data, Print

Soklak Elgato

Encrypted alien data, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$439

Momies, Momies Graffito, Print

Momies

Momies Graffito, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Print

$376

Seize Happywallmaker, Metamorphokromatik3, Print

Seize Happywallmaker

Metamorphokromatik3, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$753

Carlos Aires, I want to break free, Print

Carlos Aires

I want to break free, 2020
72 x 52.4 x 2.4 inch
Print

$25,719

Regina Correa, Sewing Box, Print

Regina Correa

Sewing Box, 2016
7.1 x 4.7 x 0 inch
Print

$753

Ned, Floralis Alchemy, Print

Ned

Floralis Alchemy, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$376

Carmine Marini, Leaf, Print

Carmine Marini

Leaf, 2021
15 x 15 inch
Print

$1,217

Brice Gelot, Let it Burn, Print

Brice Gelot

Let it Burn, 2020
70.9 x 55.1 x 0.4 inch
Print

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Sozyone Gonzalez, Les Travailleurs de la Nuit, Print

Sozyone Gonzalez

Les Travailleurs de la Nuit, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Print

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