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Graphic 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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Studio Abawé, Untitled, Print

Studio Abawé

Untitled, 2019
16.5 x 11.6 inch
Print

$62

Romina Animor Lazzaro, Dream, Print

Romina Animor Lazzaro

Dream, 2020
7.2 x 5.1 inch
Print

$188

Our recommendations Jérôme Mesnager, Quel cirque !, Print

Jérôme Mesnager

Quel cirque !, 2015
25.6 x 36.2 inch
Print

$364

Dan McCarthy, Paris, Texas / Sunrise, Print

Dan McCarthy

Paris, Texas / Sunrise, 2019
23.5 x 35 inch
Print

$295

Fernand Greco, Danse - Hommage à Matisse, Print

Fernand Greco

Danse - Hommage à Matisse, 2021
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch
Print

$2,361

Daniel Pommereulle, Au voleur, Print

Daniel Pommereulle

Au voleur, 1981
26 x 23.8 x 2 inch
Print

$8,793

Steven Parrino, Black Flag, Print

Steven Parrino

Black Flag, 2003
16.5 x 47.2 x 2 inch
Print

$6,908

Laurent Durieux, Bureau des Légendes - Saison 5, Print

Laurent Durieux

Bureau des Légendes - Saison 5, 2020
36 x 24 inch
Print

$237

Our recommendations Levalet, Figure "Grise mine", Print

Levalet

Figure "Grise mine", 2014
20.1 x 14.6 inch
Print

$188

Pablo Picasso, Nature Morte au Pot de Grès, Print

Pablo Picasso

Nature Morte au Pot de Grès, 1947
19.7 x 25.6 x 0 inch
Print

$11,933

Jo Di Bona, Alone 80, Print

Jo Di Bona

Alone 80, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 inch
Print

$100

Zenoy, Estampe rehaussée, Print

Zenoy

Estampe rehaussée, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Print

$867

Brusk (DMV), Bullet In Your Mouth, Print

Brusk (DMV)

Bullet In Your Mouth, 2019
38.6 x 29.9 inch
Print

$825

Lionel Borla, Crique Graphique, Print

Lionel Borla

Crique Graphique, 2020
19.7 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$239

Patrick Rubinstein, Pop Mona, Print

Patrick Rubinstein

Pop Mona, 2019
27.2 x 27.2 x 1.2 inch
Print

$7,348

Aiiroh, Troopers, Print

Aiiroh

Troopers, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,759

Stoul, Coffret Figure - Stoul, Print

Stoul

Coffret Figure - Stoul, 2014
13.6 x 10.8 inch
Print

$2,010

MadC, Yin and Yang, Print

MadC

Yin and Yang, 2019
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$314

Antonio Segui, Le bruit, les  sarcasmes, les sourires / Livre d'artiste / 6 gravures, Print

Antonio Segui

Le bruit, les sarcasmes, les sourires / Livre d'artiste / 6 gravures, 2014
15.7 x 14.8 inch
Print

$3,140

Georges Braque, Si Je Mourais là-bas: one plate, Print

Georges Braque

Si Je Mourais là-bas: one plate, 1962
28.7 x 18.5 x 0 inch
Print

$5,276

Luke Newton, Crayons not colts, Print

Luke Newton

Crayons not colts, 2015
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,256

Rero, Untitled (Don't Tell Me The Truth...), Print

Rero

Untitled (Don't Tell Me The Truth...), 2013
30 x 22 inch
Print

$1,500

Zoran Mishe, Pleasure II – Silver edition, Print

Zoran Mishe

Pleasure II – Silver edition, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$440

Alain Séchas, Trottinette, Print

Alain Séchas

Trottinette, 2018
47.2 x 31.5 inch
Print

$1,884

Our recommendations Konstantin Kornakov, Village 04, Print

Konstantin Kornakov

Village 04, 2017
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$264

Gonzalo Borondo, Fake Paradise, Print

Gonzalo Borondo

Fake Paradise, 2015
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$3,266

Mark Kostabi, The Painter's Atelier, Print

Mark Kostabi

The Painter's Atelier, 2000
14 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$314

Mister Pee, Crise d'arborescence, Print

Mister Pee

Crise d'arborescence, 2019
18.5 x 14.6 inch
Print

$176

Noémie Cédille, La cabane dans la jungle, Print

Noémie Cédille

La cabane dans la jungle, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$50

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

Damien Deroubaix

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

$2,261

A.R. Penck, Kontrolle, Print

A.R. Penck

Kontrolle, 1991
41.7 x 29.9 inch
Print

$2,123

Our recommendations Damien Poulain, Love / Bois, Print

Damien Poulain

Love / Bois, 2019
12.6 x 9.4 inch
Print

$126

Lek, Estampe 1, Print

Lek

Estampe 1, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Print

$113

Mario Radice, The Death of Lovers, Print

Mario Radice

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

$377

Eugenia Jaeger, Art laboratory #2, Print

Eugenia Jaeger

Art laboratory #2, 2021
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Print

$502

Our recommendations Adrian Falkner, Rainbow Hand, Print

Adrian Falkner

Rainbow Hand, 2018
15.4 x 11.4 inch
Print

$507

Renato Barisani, Renato Barisani, Print

Renato Barisani

Renato Barisani, 1983
19.6 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$352

Sandro Trotti, Risciò, Print

Sandro Trotti

Risciò, 1970
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$327

Clémence Thienpont, I'm a biche, Print

Clémence Thienpont

I'm a biche, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$75

Gad Berry, David Bowie, Print

Gad Berry

David Bowie, 2019
43.3 x 43.3 x 2 inch
Print

$7,536

Liliana Porter, Them, him, Print

Liliana Porter

Them, him, 2018
22.8 x 18.3 inch
Print

$2,261

Niels Meulman (Shoe), Unambidextrous Shoe (Blue & Metallic Brown Edition), Print

Niels Meulman (Shoe)

Unambidextrous Shoe (Blue & Metallic Brown Edition), 2019
43.7 x 30.3 inch
Print

$521

Waltercio Caldas, WC 56 1, Print

Waltercio Caldas

WC 56 1, 2015
30.3 x 22.4 inch
Print

$2,261

René Botti, Figure "Double Face", Print

René Botti

Figure "Double Face", 2014
20.1 x 14.6 inch
Print

$151

Renzo Margonari, Available Flower, Print

Renzo Margonari

Available Flower, 1976
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$176

Léon Gischia, Abstract Composition, Print

Léon Gischia

Abstract Composition, 1970
13.6 x 9.8 x 0 inch
Print

$440

Our recommendations Jean Messagier, Sans titre, Print

Jean Messagier

Sans titre, 1990
13 x 9.4 inch
Print

$377

Gianfranco Baruchello, In the Devonian Gardens, Print

Gianfranco Baruchello

In the Devonian Gardens, 1971
27.6 x 27.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$553

Carmen Gloria Morales, Purple Vision, Print

Carmen Gloria Morales

Purple Vision, 1966
29.9 x 27.2 x 0 inch
Print

$528

Eugénie Fauny, Genius, Print

Eugénie Fauny

Genius, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.3 inch
Print

$992

Bruno Di Bello, E., Print

Bruno Di Bello

E., 1980
27.2 x 13.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$415

Plinio Mesciulam, Black Composition, Print

Plinio Mesciulam

Black Composition, 1970
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$301

Nani Tedeschi, Tribal, Print

Nani Tedeschi

Tribal, 1971
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$352

Luciano Castelli, Revolving Litho, Print

Luciano Castelli

Revolving Litho, 2018
39.4 x 55.1 inch
Print

$3,768

ErriC, Another Dimension, Print

ErriC

Another Dimension, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$239

Valeriano Trubbiani, The Crow, Print

Valeriano Trubbiani

The Crow, 1972
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$239

Giorgio Bompadre, Untitled, Print

Giorgio Bompadre

Untitled, 1969
17.6 x 13.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$264

Mario Persico, Verticalism, Print

Mario Persico

Verticalism, 1970
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$352

Severine Monsonégo, Perroquet, Print

Severine Monsonégo

Perroquet, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$75

Carlo Carrà, Seascape, Print

Carlo Carrà

Seascape, 1964
9.8 x 14 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,005

Nicola Carrino, Saw, Print

Nicola Carrino

Saw, 1970
18.9 x 25.2 x 0 inch
Print

$628

Carlo Quattrucci, Turtle, Print

Carlo Quattrucci

Turtle, 1971
19.7 x 25.6 x 0 inch
Print

$415

Antonio Scordia, Abstract Composition, Print

Antonio Scordia

Abstract Composition, 1980
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$653

Frédéric Di Martino, Superman, Print

Frédéric Di Martino

Superman, 2004
15.7 x 25.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,005

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