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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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Antoine Josse, La potomanie du Rouge, Print

Antoine Josse

La potomanie du Rouge, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Salvador Dali, Memories of Surrealism / Angel of Dada Surrealism, Print

Salvador Dali

Memories of Surrealism / Angel of Dada Surrealism, 1971
20.7 x 16.3 inch


Enki Bilal, Transhumans 2, Print

Enki Bilal

Transhumans 2, 2021
29.9 x 22 inch


Marie-Noëlle Deverre, Daphné 1, Print

Marie-Noëlle Deverre

Daphné 1, 2021
19.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch


Marc Chagall, Pierrot avec Parapluie (Man with Umbrella), Print

Marc Chagall

Pierrot avec Parapluie (Man with Umbrella), 1927
14 x 11.5 inch


David Hockney, The Tower with One Window, Print

David Hockney

The Tower with One Window, 1969
17.7 x 11.8 inch


Guillaume Azoulay, It take’s two, Print

Guillaume Azoulay

It take’s two, 2017
27.75 x 35 inch


Éric Lacan, The Pleasures of Failure, Print

Éric Lacan

The Pleasures of Failure, 2021
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Sane2, Skull, Print


Skull, 2021
17.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Wolfgang Seuther, 1952 Animaux surréalistes, Print

Wolfgang Seuther

1952 Animaux surréalistes, 1952
8.3 x 11.8 inch


Handiedan, Virgo et Mortis, Print


Virgo et Mortis, 2017
31.5 x 39.4 inch


Jean-Michel Noquet, Sur la côte Normande, Print

Jean-Michel Noquet

Sur la côte Normande, 1950
23.8 x 31.9 inch


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


Man Ray, Une Cathédrale, Print

Man Ray

Une Cathédrale, 1968
14.8 x 11 x 0.2 inch


Nicolas Barrome Forgues, Mostera, Print

Nicolas Barrome Forgues

Mostera, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Our recommendations Chiho Aoshima, Hot Spring, Print

Chiho Aoshima

Hot Spring, 2005
26.8 x 26.8 inch


Bernard Louédin, Chronos, Print

Bernard Louédin

Chronos, 1990
16.9 x 13.8 x 0 inch


Alain Vaissière, L'explorateur, Print

Alain Vaissière

L'explorateur, 2021
45.3 x 45.3 x 0.4 inch

$4,339 $4,821

André Cervera, Bacchus Angel, Print

André Cervera

Bacchus Angel, 2019
26 x 19.7 inch


Christian Lapie, Fragment of Eros, Print

Christian Lapie

Fragment of Eros, 2020
19.9 x 13.4 x 0 inch


Henry Maurice, Untitled, Print

Henry Maurice

Untitled, 1973
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Clara Castagné, Le monde, Print

Clara Castagné

Le monde, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Fabrizio Clerici, Museum, Print

Fabrizio Clerici

Museum, 1950
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Francesco Casorati, Untitled, Print

Francesco Casorati

Untitled, 1980
13.8 x 9.8 x 0 inch


Alfred Kubin, Die Versuchung des Heiligen Antonius, Print

Alfred Kubin

Die Versuchung des Heiligen Antonius, 1922
19.7 x 13.8 x 0.1 inch


Jean Boudal, Clowns, Print

Jean Boudal

Clowns, 1950
15 x 11 x 0.1 inch


Marcel Chirnoaga, Eagles, Print

Marcel Chirnoaga

Eagles, 1980
22.8 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch


Gérard Garouste, Anagramme, Print

Gérard Garouste

Anagramme, 2020
47.2 x 31.5 inch


Martin Whatson, Eternal Reflection (Green), Print

Martin Whatson

Eternal Reflection (Green), 2020
9.8 x 9.8 inch


Fredy Lapenna, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Print

Fredy Lapenna

The Adventures of Pinocchio, 1990
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Thomas Ott, Konstruktion - Dämon - Gewächs (triptyque), Print

Thomas Ott

Konstruktion - Dämon - Gewächs (triptyque), 2018
17.7 x 39.6 inch


Okuda, Rainbow Rider, Print


Rainbow Rider, 2019
24 x 34.3 inch


Christian Despic, Sea Creature, Print

Christian Despic

Sea Creature, 1970
13 x 9.8 x 0.1 inch


Pat Andrea, Femme brune, Print

Pat Andrea

Femme brune, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Gilles Barbier, Banana Head, Print

Gilles Barbier

Banana Head, 2018
29.5 x 41.3 inch


Dominique Sosolic, L'esprit dort, Print

Dominique Sosolic

L'esprit dort, 1986
12.2 x 9.4 inch


Stéphane Pencréac’h, Le Rivage II, Print

Stéphane Pencréac’h

Le Rivage II, 2015
27.6 x 22.8 inch


Yaya Herman Dune, Spjutmo, Print

Yaya Herman Dune

Spjutmo, 2010
22.4 x 28 x 0.4 inch


Luca Pignatelli, Price - Olympic Flame, Print

Luca Pignatelli

Price - Olympic Flame, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Stan Manoukian, The King, Print

Stan Manoukian

The King, 2019
52 x 28.3 inch


Elio Mazzella, Totem, Print

Elio Mazzella

Totem, 1970
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Bosquetro Bosquetro, Danza y Poder / Dance and Power, Print

Bosquetro Bosquetro

Danza y Poder / Dance and Power, 2018
23.4 x 16.5 inch


Thaddée, Bonne mère, Print


Bonne mère, 2018
27 x 23.6 inch


Nadezhda Georgieva-Nad, We Are Happy Together, Print

Nadezhda Georgieva-Nad

We Are Happy Together, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Priscilla Beccari, Femme porte-voix, Print

Priscilla Beccari

Femme porte-voix, 2018
13.4 x 10.2 inch


Oscar Llorens, Sans titre, Print

Oscar Llorens

Sans titre, 2014
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Benoît Tardif, Sans titre, Print

Benoît Tardif

Sans titre, 2014
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Tono Zancanaro, Vento del Sud (South Wind), Print

Tono Zancanaro

Vento del Sud (South Wind), 1976
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Rosie Eisor, Bat Godess, Print

Rosie Eisor

Bat Godess, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Jean Cocteau, Double Face, Print

Jean Cocteau

Double Face, 1960
22 x 30 inch


Rafal Olbinski, A conventional sentiment, Print

Rafal Olbinski

A conventional sentiment, 2021
9.4 x 7.1 inch


Joseph Klibansky, Skies of Tomorrow, Print

Joseph Klibansky

Skies of Tomorrow, 2015
33.5 x 57.5 x 1.2 inch


Daisuke Ichiba, Badaism, Print

Daisuke Ichiba

Badaism, 2014
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Camille Chevrillon, Collection au crayon, Print

Camille Chevrillon

Collection au crayon, 2015
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Carole Chaix, La grande parade, Print

Carole Chaix

La grande parade, 2018
23.6 x 19.7 inch


Snik, Hold Fast Hope (Turquoise HF), Print


Hold Fast Hope (Turquoise HF), 2019
27.5 x 27.5 inch


Juan Ripolles, Musician at night, Print

Juan Ripolles

Musician at night, 2018
29.5 x 21.7 inch


Art Vladi, Lucky Luck Limited Print, Print

Art Vladi

Lucky Luck Limited Print, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch


Monika Rossa, A couch, Print

Monika Rossa

A couch, 2010
21.9 x 28 inch


John Silver Kimani, The Song of my Love, Print

John Silver Kimani

The Song of my Love, 2019
24.4 x 18.1 x 1.2 inch


Yann Cosruer, Qui ne dit mot consent, Print

Yann Cosruer

Qui ne dit mot consent, 2019
27.6 x 19.3 x 0 inch


Raymond Peynet, Heart's catchball, Print

Raymond Peynet

Heart's catchball, 1985
18.5 x 25.2 inch


Kerry Darlington, Cherry Blossom, Print

Kerry Darlington

Cherry Blossom, 2021
23.6 x 8.7 x 2 inch


Barbara Rosiak, A baroque improvisation, Print

Barbara Rosiak

A baroque improvisation, 1980
9.6 x 6.5 inch


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