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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


Romina Animor Lazzaro, Dream, Print

Romina Animor Lazzaro

Dream, 2020
7.2 x 5.1 inch


Our recommendations Jérôme Mesnager, Quel cirque !, Print

Jérôme Mesnager

Quel cirque !, 2015
25.6 x 36.2 inch


Dan McCarthy, Paris, Texas / Sunrise, Print

Dan McCarthy

Paris, Texas / Sunrise, 2019
23.5 x 35 inch


Fernand Greco, Danse - Hommage à Matisse, Print

Fernand Greco

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


Daniel Pommereulle, Au voleur, Print

Daniel Pommereulle

Au voleur, 1981
26 x 23.8 x 2 inch


Steven Parrino, Black Flag, Print

Steven Parrino

Black Flag, 2003
16.5 x 47.2 x 2 inch


Laurent Durieux, Bureau des Légendes - Saison 5, Print

Laurent Durieux

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


Our recommendations Levalet, Figure "Grise mine", Print


Figure "Grise mine", 2014
20.1 x 14.6 inch


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


Jo Di Bona, Alone 80, Print

Jo Di Bona

Alone 80, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 inch


Zenoy, Estampe rehaussée, Print


Estampe rehaussée, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Brusk (DMV), Bullet In Your Mouth, Print

Brusk (DMV)

Bullet In Your Mouth, 2019
38.6 x 29.9 inch


Lionel Borla, Crique Graphique, Print

Lionel Borla

Crique Graphique, 2020
19.7 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch


Patrick Rubinstein, Pop Mona, Print

Patrick Rubinstein

Pop Mona, 2019
27.2 x 27.2 x 1.2 inch


Aiiroh, Troopers, Print


Troopers, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Stoul, Coffret Figure - Stoul, Print


Coffret Figure - Stoul, 2014
13.6 x 10.8 inch


MadC, Yin and Yang, Print


Yin and Yang, 2019
29.9 x 22 inch


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


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


Luke Newton, Crayons not colts, Print

Luke Newton

Crayons not colts, 2015
19.7 x 27.6 inch


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


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


Zoran Mishe, Pleasure II – Silver edition, Print

Zoran Mishe

Pleasure II – Silver edition, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Alain Séchas, Trottinette, Print

Alain Séchas

Trottinette, 2018
47.2 x 31.5 inch


Our recommendations Konstantin Kornakov, Village 04, Print

Konstantin Kornakov

Village 04, 2017
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch


Gonzalo Borondo, Fake Paradise, Print

Gonzalo Borondo

Fake Paradise, 2015
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Mark Kostabi, The Painter's Atelier, Print

Mark Kostabi

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


Mister Pee, Crise d'arborescence, Print

Mister Pee

Crise d'arborescence, 2019
18.5 x 14.6 inch


Noémie Cédille, La cabane dans la jungle, Print

Noémie Cédille

La cabane dans la jungle, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 inch


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

Damien Deroubaix

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


A.R. Penck, Kontrolle, Print

A.R. Penck

Kontrolle, 1991
41.7 x 29.9 inch


Our recommendations Damien Poulain, Love / Bois, Print

Damien Poulain

Love / Bois, 2019
12.6 x 9.4 inch


Lek, Estampe 1, Print


Estampe 1, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 inch


Mario Radice, The Death of Lovers, Print

Mario Radice

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


Eugenia Jaeger, Art laboratory #2, Print

Eugenia Jaeger

Art laboratory #2, 2021
16.5 x 11.8 inch


Our recommendations Adrian Falkner, Rainbow Hand, Print

Adrian Falkner

Rainbow Hand, 2018
15.4 x 11.4 inch


Renato Barisani, Renato Barisani, Print

Renato Barisani

Renato Barisani, 1983
19.6 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Sandro Trotti, Risciò, Print

Sandro Trotti

Risciò, 1970
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Clémence Thienpont, I'm a biche, Print

Clémence Thienpont

I'm a biche, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Gad Berry, David Bowie, Print

Gad Berry

David Bowie, 2019
43.3 x 43.3 x 2 inch


Liliana Porter, Them, him, Print

Liliana Porter

Them, him, 2018
22.8 x 18.3 inch


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


Waltercio Caldas, WC 56 1, Print

Waltercio Caldas

WC 56 1, 2015
30.3 x 22.4 inch


René Botti, Figure "Double Face", Print

René Botti

Figure "Double Face", 2014
20.1 x 14.6 inch


Renzo Margonari, Available Flower, Print

Renzo Margonari

Available Flower, 1976
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Léon Gischia, Abstract Composition, Print

Léon Gischia

Abstract Composition, 1970
13.6 x 9.8 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Jean Messagier, Sans titre, Print

Jean Messagier

Sans titre, 1990
13 x 9.4 inch


Gianfranco Baruchello, In the Devonian Gardens, Print

Gianfranco Baruchello

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


Carmen Gloria Morales, Purple Vision, Print

Carmen Gloria Morales

Purple Vision, 1966
29.9 x 27.2 x 0 inch


Eugénie Fauny, Genius, Print

Eugénie Fauny

Genius, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.3 inch


Bruno Di Bello, E., Print

Bruno Di Bello

E., 1980
27.2 x 13.4 x 0.1 inch


Plinio Mesciulam, Black Composition, Print

Plinio Mesciulam

Black Composition, 1970
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Nani Tedeschi, Tribal, Print

Nani Tedeschi

Tribal, 1971
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Luciano Castelli, Revolving Litho, Print

Luciano Castelli

Revolving Litho, 2018
39.4 x 55.1 inch


ErriC, Another Dimension, Print


Another Dimension, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Valeriano Trubbiani, The Crow, Print

Valeriano Trubbiani

The Crow, 1972
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Giorgio Bompadre, Untitled, Print

Giorgio Bompadre

Untitled, 1969
17.6 x 13.5 x 0.1 inch


Mario Persico, Verticalism, Print

Mario Persico

Verticalism, 1970
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Severine Monsonégo, Perroquet, Print

Severine Monsonégo

Perroquet, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Carlo Carrà, Seascape, Print

Carlo Carrà

Seascape, 1964
9.8 x 14 x 0.1 inch


Nicola Carrino, Saw, Print

Nicola Carrino

Saw, 1970
18.9 x 25.2 x 0 inch


Carlo Quattrucci, Turtle, Print

Carlo Quattrucci

Turtle, 1971
19.7 x 25.6 x 0 inch


Antonio Scordia, Abstract Composition, Print

Antonio Scordia

Abstract Composition, 1980
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Frédéric Di Martino, Superman, Print

Frédéric Di Martino

Superman, 2004
15.7 x 25.6 x 0.1 inch


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