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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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Peter Klasen, Sans titre, Print

Peter Klasen

Sans titre, 1974
19.7 x 25.6 x 0 inch
Print

$663

Jeremy Enecio, Mommy - Variant, Print

Jeremy Enecio

Mommy - Variant, 2018
36 x 24 inch
Print

$271

Clet Abraham, The Wall, Print

Clet Abraham

The Wall, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Print

$1,073

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

$11,450

Jo Di Bona, Alone 80, Print

Jo Di Bona

Alone 80, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 inch
Print

$96

Brusk (DMV), Bullet In Your Mouth, Print

Brusk (DMV)

Bullet In Your Mouth, 2019
38.6 x 29.9 inch
Print

$804

Stoul, Coffret Figure - Stoul, Print

Stoul

Coffret Figure - Stoul, 2014
13.6 x 10.8 inch
Print

$1,928

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

Zenoy, Estampe rehaussée, Print

Zenoy

Estampe rehaussée, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Print

$832

Aiiroh, Spiderwoman, Print

Aiiroh

Spiderwoman, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,687

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

$5,062

Gregos, Coffret Figure, Print

Gregos

Coffret Figure, 2014
13.6 x 10.8 inch
Print

$1,928

Our recommendations Lionel Borla, Composition verte au soleil rouge, Print

Lionel Borla

Composition verte au soleil rouge, 2019
19.7 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$229

Rafael Alberti, Horse Flies, Print

Rafael Alberti

Horse Flies, 1970
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$542

MadC, Yin and Yang, Print

MadC

Yin and Yang, 2019
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$301

Luke Newton, Crayons not colts, Print

Luke Newton

Crayons not colts, 2015
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,205

Our recommendations Eduardo Chillida, Une Helen de vent I, Print

Eduardo Chillida

Une Helen de vent I, 1990
25.6 x 20.1 inch
Print

$8,021

Henri Goetz, Colorful Space, Print

Henri Goetz

Colorful Space, 1980
19.9 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$458

Christian Silvain, Vol de nuit, Print

Christian Silvain

Vol de nuit, 1998
39.4 x 28.7 inch
Print

$663

A.R. Penck, Kontrolle, Print

A.R. Penck

Kontrolle, 1991
41.7 x 29.9 inch
Print

$2,037

Antonio Saura, Si Mi La Ré, Print

Antonio Saura

Si Mi La Ré, 1991
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Print

$2,338

Eric Liot, Campbell's, Print

Eric Liot

Campbell's, 2019
15.6 x 12.6 x 1.2 inch
Print

$603

Le CyKlop, Ulysse, Print

Le CyKlop

Ulysse, 2019
18.5 x 14.6 inch
Print

$169

Joan Hernández Pijuan, Rosa Blanca, Print

Joan Hernández Pijuan

Rosa Blanca, 1987
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$2,115

Christian Lapie, Fragment of Eros, Print

Christian Lapie

Fragment of Eros, 2020
19.9 x 13.4 x 0 inch
Print

$603

Severine Dietrich, Eclipse #1, Print

Severine Dietrich

Eclipse #1, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$277

Liliana Porter, Them, him, Print

Liliana Porter

Them, him, 2018
22.8 x 18.3 inch
Print

$2,170

Zoran Mishe, Pleasure I – Silver edition, Print

Zoran Mishe

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

$422

Bruno Di Bello, E., Print

Bruno Di Bello

E., 1980
27.2 x 13.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$398

Sandro Trotti, Risciò, Print

Sandro Trotti

Risciò, 1970
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$313

Alain Séchas, Trottinette, Print

Alain Séchas

Trottinette, 2018
47.2 x 31.5 inch
Print

$1,808

Our recommendations Adrian Falkner, Rainbow Hand, Print

Adrian Falkner

Rainbow Hand, 2018
15.4 x 11.4 inch
Print

$494

Waltercio Caldas, WC 56 1, Print

Waltercio Caldas

WC 56 1, 2015
30.3 x 22.4 inch
Print

$2,170

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

Damien Deroubaix

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

$2,170

Eugénie Fauny, Genius, Print

Eugénie Fauny

Genius, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.3 inch
Print

$952

Harissart, Dollar Lotus, Print

Harissart

Dollar Lotus, 2021
11.8 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,181

Carlo Carrà, Seascape, Print

Carlo Carrà

Seascape, 1964
9.8 x 14 x 0.1 inch
Print

$964

Mario Padovan, Rhythm 15, Print

Mario Padovan

Rhythm 15, 1990
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$350

Léon Gischia, Abstract Composition, Print

Léon Gischia

Abstract Composition, 1970
13.6 x 9.8 x 0 inch
Print

$422

Kashink, Wanderlust, Print

Kashink

Wanderlust, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 inch
Print

$102

Nani Tedeschi, Tribal, Print

Nani Tedeschi

Tribal, 1971
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$337

Cécile Jaunet, L'instant suspendu "ver", Print

Cécile Jaunet

L'instant suspendu "ver", 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Print

$362

Mario Persico, Verticalism, Print

Mario Persico

Verticalism, 1970
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$337

Our recommendations Jean Messagier, Sans titre, Print

Jean Messagier

Sans titre, 1990
13 x 9.4 inch
Print

$362

Nicola Carrino, Saw, Print

Nicola Carrino

Saw, 1970
18.9 x 25.2 x 0 inch
Print

$603

Carlo Quattrucci, Turtle, Print

Carlo Quattrucci

Turtle, 1971
19.7 x 25.6 x 0 inch
Print

$398

Antonio Scordia, Abstract Composition, Print

Antonio Scordia

Abstract Composition, 1980
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$627

Tomek Jarolim, Venise, Print

Tomek Jarolim

Venise, 2021
7.9 x 12.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,302 $1,446

Simona Weller, Desert Landscape, Print

Simona Weller

Desert Landscape, 1970
25.2 x 18.9 x 0 inch
Print

$337

Carmen Gloria Morales, Purple Vision, Print

Carmen Gloria Morales

Purple Vision, 1966
29.9 x 27.2 x 0 inch
Print

$506

Pier Augusto Breccia, Olympic Connections, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Pier Augusto Breccia

Olympic Connections, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$667

Gad Berry, David Bowie, Print

Gad Berry

David Bowie, 2019
43.3 x 43.3 x 2 inch
Print

$7,232

Jean-Pierre Stholl, Hommage à Gustave Doré (coffret), Print

Jean-Pierre Stholl

Hommage à Gustave Doré (coffret), 2013
13.4 x 9.8 inch
Print

$3,375

Plinio Mesciulam, Black Composition, Print

Plinio Mesciulam

Black Composition, 1970
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$289

Carne Griffiths, Spring Has Come, Print

Carne Griffiths

Spring Has Come, 2015
24.8 x 18.9 x 0.8 inch
Print

$482

Our recommendations Larry Clark, Keep punching, Print

Larry Clark

Keep punching, 2017
23.6 x 31.5 inch
Print

$1,446

Eugenia Jaeger, Model #1, Print

Eugenia Jaeger

Model #1, 2021
11.8 x 8.3 inch
Print

$422

Renzo Margonari, Available Flower, Print

Renzo Margonari

Available Flower, 1976
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$169

Our recommendations Konstantin Kornakov, Village 04, Print

Konstantin Kornakov

Village 04, 2017
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$253

Valeriano Trubbiani, The Crow, Print

Valeriano Trubbiani

The Crow, 1972
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$229

Noémie Cédille, La cabane dans la jungle, Print

Noémie Cédille

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

$48

Mister Pee, Mère Courage, Print

Mister Pee

Mère Courage, 2019
18.5 x 14.6 inch
Print

$169

Giorgio Bompadre, Untitled, Print

Giorgio Bompadre

Untitled, 1969
17.6 x 13.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$253

Gonzalo Borondo, Fake Paradise, Print

Gonzalo Borondo

Fake Paradise, 2015
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$3,134

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