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Engravings, hollowed out or raised drawings, have existed since prehistoric times. They made it possible to understand the world of that period, which was still so mysterious to mankind. They can be found at high altitude, as tools for analysing the cosmos, and on the land, depicting everyday life. They are an ancestral tradition: engravings are mentioned in the Bible and in poems from the 8th century BC. Although engraving was a technique in and of itself during this time, during Middle Ages it started to be used as a printing technique used for publishing.

Engraving spread across Europe during the Renaissance, when the printing press was invented. It essential in process of sharing ideas and knowledge through books and illustrations. At the time, engraving art also made it possible to guarantee the authenticity of a work of art to avoid counterfeiting. Although Italy was at the heart of the development of painting during the Renaissance, it was in Northern Europe that artists really recognised the importance of engraving in art with Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt, who mainly used the engraving technique for intaglio prints (image is incised into a surface) .

This technique consists of hollowing out a design on a metal plate, often copper. Ink is then added to the hollowed out engraving. This is different from relief printing, in which the engraver has to remove matter to reveal a raised pattern. These engravings were often made using wood, metal and linoleum - more flexible and therefore easier to work (linocut).

For engraving on a metal plate, they used either a tool (the chisel or the dry point), or a sharp edge as for etching, which was easier to master. Other methods of printing include flat engraving or lithography (printing drawings with ink or a grease pencil on limestone), silkscreen printing (printing on a stitched fabric stretched over a frame) and monotypying (printing on paper, painted on a copper plate).

Modern engravings were made using lithography, which was invented by Alois Senefelder, bypassing the difficulty of having to actually cut into and draw on hard metal. Artistic engraving spread across Europe with the work of Thomas Bewick, who depicted animals, Charles Thompson, who created engravings for the world of publishing, and Heliodorus Pisa, François Pannemaker and Hippolyte Lavoignat, who engraved illustrations. Engraving became less popular and widespread after the invention of photography. Other modern artists did, however, continue to produce engravings: the Barbizon school, with Millet and Corot who practised etching, along with the Impressionists, including Manet, Gauguin, Cézanne and Renoir and Modernists such as Picasso and Matisse who worked with linoleum.

Contemporary engraving is practised by artists including Philippe Mohlitz, Mario Avati and Philippe Favier.

Engraving prints available on Artsper are ideal for those looking to buy artwork by some of the greatest artists including Man Ray, René Magritte, Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Niki de Saint Phalle, Robert Combas, Miss Van and Antoni Tapies.

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Prints

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Robert Combas, Georges Brassens et ses meilleurs succès. TROMPETTE ! Jeanne la cane embrasse le poilu et la vache Clotilde se déguise en fleur, Print

Robert Combas

Georges Brassens et ses meilleurs succès. TROMPETTE ! Jeanne la cane embrasse le poilu et la vache Clotilde se déguise en fleur, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,720

Sandra Chevrier, La Cage Et La Trace Du Crayon (Large), Print

Sandra Chevrier

La Cage Et La Trace Du Crayon (Large), 2019
28.9 x 23.6 inch
Print

$2,850

Leo Guida, Siamo noi, Print

Leo Guida

Siamo noi, 1993
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$495

Hsiao Chin, Abstract Composition, Print

Hsiao Chin

Abstract Composition, 1977
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$470

Mark Tobey, Summer Joy, Print

Mark Tobey

Summer Joy, 1972
30.2 x 21.9 x 0 inch
Print

$841

Atsuko Ishii, Like You Do, Print

Atsuko Ishii

Like You Do, 2020
8.3 x 5.9 inch
Print

$37

Philippe Achermann, Amour, Print

Philippe Achermann

Amour, 2020
7.9 x 11.8 inch
Print

$62

Bernar Venet, 1 from Combinaison Aleatoire de Lignes Indeterminees, Print

Bernar Venet

1 from Combinaison Aleatoire de Lignes Indeterminees, 1996
20 x 19.5 inch
Print

$2,200

Roberto Matta, Untitled 5 from Hom'mere V - N'ous Portfolio, Print

Roberto Matta

Untitled 5 from Hom'mere V - N'ous Portfolio, 1985
26.5 x 20.5 inch
Print

$2,500

Damien Hirst, Isostearic Acid, Print

Damien Hirst

Isostearic Acid, 2014
6.1 x 6.1 inch
Print

$6,059

Enrico Baj, Sextus Varius Avitus Bassianus Heliogabalus, Print

Enrico Baj

Sextus Varius Avitus Bassianus Heliogabalus, 1972
19.5 x 15.75 inch
Print

$2,500

Mimmo Paladino, Poeta Occidentale - Triptych No. 2, Print

Mimmo Paladino

Poeta Occidentale - Triptych No. 2, 1995
79 x 48.5 inch
Print

$25,000

Gérard Titus-Carmel, Eclat I, Print

Gérard Titus-Carmel

Eclat I, 1982
18.1 x 22.2 x 0 inch
Print

$495

Richard Anuszkiewicz, Summer Suite (Red with Gold IV), Print

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Summer Suite (Red with Gold IV), 1979
21.5 x 21.5 inch
Print

$2,000

Ryszard Gieryszewski, April, Print

Ryszard Gieryszewski

April, 2012
24.4 x 17.3 x 0.4 inch
Print

$804

René Magritte, La Leçon de Musique, Son de Cloche, Print

René Magritte

La Leçon de Musique, Son de Cloche, 1968
10.8 x 8.7 x 0 inch
Print

$6,925

Pierre Alechinsky, Si près, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Si près, 2007
7.7 x 5.3 inch
Print

$371

Le Corbusier, Untitled, Print

Le Corbusier

Untitled, 1953
22.4 x 17.7 x 0 inch
Print

$6,801

Antoni Tapies, Untitled - Berlin Suite, Print

Antoni Tapies

Untitled - Berlin Suite, 1974
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$2,349

Our recommendations Jean Miotte, Élegie, Print

Jean Miotte

Élegie, 1992
49.6 x 34.6 inch
Print

$1,175

Valérie Betoulaud, Salutation au soleil - rose jaune, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Salutation au soleil - rose jaune, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$569

Francis Bacon, Triptych 1987, Print

Francis Bacon

Triptych 1987, 1989
37.2 x 26.8 x 0 inch
Print

$19,167

Our recommendations Jean-Charles De Castelbajac, Un monde riant, Print

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

Un monde riant, 2017
35 x 23.8 inch
Print

$792

Jean-Michel Folon, Dream, Print

Jean-Michel Folon

Dream, 1970
11 x 14 x 0.1 inch
Print

$2,720

Bom.K, Print Sketchbook, Print

Bom.K

Print Sketchbook, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$927

Our recommendations Hans Hartung, Farandole, Print

Hans Hartung

Farandole, 1971
20.9 x 16.1 x 2 inch
Print

$12,366

Our recommendations Antonio Segui, Le manteau de Laocoon, Print

Antonio Segui

Le manteau de Laocoon, 1991
9.1 x 4.7 inch
Print

$309

Luke Newton, Crayons not colts, Print

Luke Newton

Crayons not colts, 2015
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,237

Zao Wou-Ki, Sans titre, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Sans titre, 1987
22 x 29.9 x 0 inch
Print

$5,812

Marc Chagall, Le cerf se voyant dans l'eau, Print

Marc Chagall

Le cerf se voyant dans l'eau, 1927
16.5 x 13.2 x 0 inch
Print

$4,452

Françoise Pétrovitch, Le Garçon au Squelette, Print

Françoise Pétrovitch

Le Garçon au Squelette, 2016
63 x 47.2 inch
Print

$2,473

Jacques Monory, Meurtre n°5, Print

Jacques Monory

Meurtre n°5, 2014
35.2 x 23.6 inch
Print

$495

Tanc, Sea Scape, Print

Tanc

Sea Scape, 2019
39.4 x 30.7 inch
Print

$490

Marino Marini, The Horse, Print

Marino Marini

The Horse, 1950
11.2 x 9.4 x 0 inch
Print

$1,608

Jackson Pollock, Untitled, CR1095 (after painting Number 22, CR344), Print

Jackson Pollock

Untitled, CR1095 (after painting Number 22, CR344), 1951
28.9 x 23 x 0 inch
Print

$58,118

Ghislaine Ferreira, Loup 7, Print

Ghislaine Ferreira

Loup 7, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$618

Kumi Sugaï, 95, Print

Kumi Sugaï

95, 1995
30.7 x 22.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$680

Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Juego de signos, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Juego de signos, 1990
35.4 x 24.8 inch
Print

$1,199

Charles Lapicque, Les reclus, Print

Charles Lapicque

Les reclus, 1967
15 x 11 inch
Print

$124

Nathalie Grall, En suspens, Print

Nathalie Grall

En suspens, 2008
19.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$519

Giorgio de Chirico, Self Portrait, Print

Giorgio de Chirico

Self Portrait, 1954
27.2 x 21.3 x 0 inch
Print

$1,484

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
Print

$3,710

Vassily Kandinsky, Gravure pour 10, Print

Vassily Kandinsky

Gravure pour 10, 1942
15 x 11 x 0 inch
Print

$3,462

Wifredo Lam, Elle, casqué - from the suite Pleni Luna, Print

Wifredo Lam

Elle, casqué - from the suite Pleni Luna, 1974
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,051

Our recommendations Robert Longo, Black flag, Print

Robert Longo

Black flag, 1999
28 x 43.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$11,129

Luis Feito, Octubre IV, Print

Luis Feito

Octubre IV, 1989
41.3 x 29.5 inch
Print

$1,496

Caroline Veith, September 2015 #1, Print

Caroline Veith

September 2015 #1, 2015
9.8 x 9.8 x 2 inch
Print

$742

André Cervera, Bacchus Angel, Print

André Cervera

Bacchus Angel, 2019
26 x 19.7 inch
Print

$309

Serge Poliakoff, Orange And Bordeaux Composition, Print

Serge Poliakoff

Orange And Bordeaux Composition, 1963
25.2 x 29.9 x 0 inch
Print

$11,747

Erte Tirtoff, Letter X - Suite Alphabet, Print

Erte Tirtoff

Letter X - Suite Alphabet, 1976
25.6 x 18.5 x 0 inch
Print

$2,720

Mino Maccari, Prisoners, Print

Mino Maccari

Prisoners, 1964
25.4 x 18.1 x 0.1 inch
Print

$371

Our recommendations G.W. Bot, The Keeper, Print

G.W. Bot

The Keeper, 2006
36.2 x 20.5 inch
Print

$2,226

André Masson, Femme, Print

André Masson

Femme, 1962
13.8 x 16.7 x 0 inch
Print

$1,855

Jill Moser, Randy’s Reach, Print

Jill Moser

Randy’s Reach, 2004
16 x 22 inch
Print

$2,088

Richard Texier, Pilots, Print

Richard Texier

Pilots, 2006
19.7 x 14.4 inch
Print

$618

Hervé Télémaque, Roland Garros, Print

Hervé Télémaque

Roland Garros, 2000
41.3 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$556

Pierre Boncompain, Huts, Print

Pierre Boncompain

Huts, 1970
12.2 x 15.2 x 0 inch
Print

$247

Jacques Loustal, Route Côtière, Print

Jacques Loustal

Route Côtière, 2017
31.9 x 24.6 inch
Print

$371

Bernard Louédin, Poissons, Print

Bernard Louédin

Poissons, 1999
11 x 7.9 x 0 inch
Print

$142

Our recommendations Joan Hernández Pijuan, Iris blau 1, Print

Joan Hernández Pijuan

Iris blau 1, 1994
15 x 11 inch
Print

$1,113

Odilon Redon, Illustration from the series "Les Fleurs du mal", Print

Odilon Redon

Illustration from the series "Les Fleurs du mal", 1923
12.8 x 9.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,608

Damien Deroubaix, The Rat Race (noir et rouge), Print

Damien Deroubaix

The Rat Race (noir et rouge), 2017
47.2 x 63 inch
Print

$2,226

Ludovic Debeurme, Le Père, Print

Ludovic Debeurme

Le Père, 2016
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$111

Peter Doig, Drifter, Print

Peter Doig

Drifter, 2000
44.7 x 65.9 inch
Print

$18,548

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