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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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Atsuko Ishii, There's Melody, Print

Atsuko Ishii

There's Melody, 2021
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.2 inch


Takashi Murakami, On An Endless Journey On A Time Machine, Print

Takashi Murakami

On An Endless Journey On A Time Machine, 2018
28.3 x 28.3 inch


Valérie Betoulaud, Aviron - bleu vert, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Aviron - bleu vert, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Hervé Di Rosa, En traversant le pont, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

En traversant le pont, 2014
22 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch


Marianna Stuhr, Circular groups 2, Print

Marianna Stuhr

Circular groups 2, 2020
11.8 x 17.3 inch


JR, Women Are Heroes Calais Elizabeth Kamanga On Sea, Le Havre, France, 2017, Print


Women Are Heroes Calais Elizabeth Kamanga On Sea, Le Havre, France, 2017, 2017
15.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Victor Vasarely, Harlequin Sportif, Print

Victor Vasarely

Harlequin Sportif, 1988
38.5 x 28.5 inch


Corneille, La Chute de l'Ange aux Tropiques, Print


La Chute de l'Ange aux Tropiques, 1972
29 x 37 inch


Richard Orlinski, Raw ! Green, Print

Richard Orlinski

Raw ! Green, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch

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Toctoc, Février 2104, Print


Février 2104, 2020
35.4 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Liu Bolin, Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes, Print

Liu Bolin

Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes, 2017
5.9 x 6.7 inch


Our recommendations Fabrice Hyber, Pépins, Print

Fabrice Hyber

Pépins, 2019
31.5 x 47.2 inch


Camille Hilaire, L'Epte, Print

Camille Hilaire

L'Epte, 1994
29.1 x 29.1 inch


Barthélémy Toguo, Bénoué V, Print

Barthélémy Toguo

Bénoué V, 2020
22.4 x 21.5 inch


Our recommendations Xavier Veilhan, Billet Moderniste, Print

Xavier Veilhan

Billet Moderniste, 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Our recommendations Chiho Aoshima, Hot Spring, Print

Chiho Aoshima

Hot Spring, 2005
26.8 x 26.8 inch


Invader, Invasao Sao Paulo, Print


Invasao Sao Paulo, 2011
17.3 x 25 inch


FAILE, Kool Living, Print


Kool Living, 2020
29.9 x 24 inch


Eugène Baboulène, La Maison du pêcheur, Print

Eugène Baboulène

La Maison du pêcheur, 1981
21.3 x 29.5 inch


Vladimir Velickovic, 26ème Trophée Lancôme, Print

Vladimir Velickovic

26ème Trophée Lancôme, 1995
29.5 x 21.3 inch


Jim Dine, Olympic Robe, Print

Jim Dine

Olympic Robe, 1988
35 x 27 inch


Josep Moscardó, Barcelona desde Collserola, Print

Josep Moscardó

Barcelona desde Collserola, 2021
11.4 x 25 inch


Bernard Gantner, Le pont, Print

Bernard Gantner

Le pont, 1980
21.3 x 30.3 inch


Krzysztof Wieczorek, Forgotten sketches, Print

Krzysztof Wieczorek

Forgotten sketches, 2014
15 x 12.6 inch


Kelly Vincent, The Ruralist vs Mario, Print

Kelly Vincent

The Ruralist vs Mario, 2020
20.5 x 30.3 x 0.4 inch


José Luis Cuevas, Macbeth, Print

José Luis Cuevas

Macbeth, 1987
24 x 33 inch


Joe Tilson, Eleusis Proscinemi, Print

Joe Tilson

Eleusis Proscinemi, 1980
31.5 x 22.5 inch


Philippe Noyer, The Crocodile, Print

Philippe Noyer

The Crocodile, 1969
29.75 x 22 inch


Natasha Zupan, Eternal recurrence #16, Print

Natasha Zupan

Eternal recurrence #16, 2015
10 x 7 x 0.1 inch


Jana Lottenburger, Série Fouilles variation ADB, Print

Jana Lottenburger

Série Fouilles variation ADB, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch


Barbara Rosiak, Vision of Atlantis, Print

Barbara Rosiak

Vision of Atlantis, 1979
19.3 x 16.1 inch


Herbert Aach, Split Infinity #B3S, Print

Herbert Aach

Split Infinity #B3S, 1980
42 x 30 inch


Jacques Villon, La Chasse au Tigre (Ginestet-Pouillon 641), Print

Jacques Villon

La Chasse au Tigre (Ginestet-Pouillon 641), 1924
14.5 x 19 inch


Our recommendations Koak, Drift, Print


Drift, 2019
19.5 x 15.9 inch


Louise Davies, The Hills at Dusk, Print

Louise Davies

The Hills at Dusk, 2019
19.7 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch


Ann Bridges, Heralds of Spring, Print

Ann Bridges

Heralds of Spring, 2019
16.5 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch


Robert Bartel, Landscape, Print

Robert Bartel

Landscape, 1991
25.2 x 19.3 inch


Xiaobai Su, Intellectual Aristocracy, Print

Xiaobai Su

Intellectual Aristocracy, 2013
17.7 x 38.2 inch


Omar Rayo, Saphan, Print

Omar Rayo

Saphan, 1969
23 x 21 inch


Jan Dobkowski, Pranskter, Print

Jan Dobkowski

Pranskter, 2020
11.8 x 8.7 inch


Thomas McKnight, Mykonos Terrace, Print

Thomas McKnight

Mykonos Terrace, 1993
29 x 32 inch


Richard Bernstein, Saturday Night on Planet X, Print

Richard Bernstein

Saturday Night on Planet X, 1977
20 x 30 inch


Marian Bocianowski, Quoting Bruno Schulz IV, Print

Marian Bocianowski

Quoting Bruno Schulz IV, 1980
16.7 x 12.8 inch


Jonas Wood, Clipping, Print

Jonas Wood

Clipping, 2017
51 x 51 inch


Georges Laporte, Île de beauté, Print

Georges Laporte

Île de beauté, 1989
22 x 29.9 inch


ErriC, Another Dimension, Print


Another Dimension, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Lucio Monaco, Audrey Hepburn, Print

Lucio Monaco

Audrey Hepburn, 2019
23.6 x 16.9 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Marie Labat, Coquelicot et Camomille, Print

Marie Labat

Coquelicot et Camomille, 2018
56.7 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch


Shulin Chen, A Pesanteur, Print

Shulin Chen

A Pesanteur, 2020
15.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Alessandra Bisi, Iris new colors, Print

Alessandra Bisi

Iris new colors, 2020
18.5 x 13.8 x 0.6 inch


Jan Tcega, Nesting Qam, Print

Jan Tcega

Nesting Qam, 2013
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Elzbieta Bocianowska, Rhythm VII, Print

Elzbieta Bocianowska

Rhythm VII, 2016
2.6 x 2.6 inch


Marta Wakula, Magnolia 11, Print

Marta Wakula

Magnolia 11, 2020
5.9 x 6.1 inch


The London Police Chaz and Bob, Kurt at Sea (Hand Embellished), Print

The London Police Chaz and Bob

Kurt at Sea (Hand Embellished), 2020
31.5 x 31.5 inch


Peter de Boer, From my Tent to the Sea, Print

Peter de Boer

From my Tent to the Sea, 2019
23.2 x 33.1 x 0.4 inch


Max Bill, Combillation, Print

Max Bill

Combillation, 1970
23.5 x 47 x 1.25 inch


Gene Davis, Green Giant, Print

Gene Davis

Green Giant, 1980
29.75 x 32.5 inch


Mariana Laín, Botas rojas, Print

Mariana Laín

Botas rojas, 2001
18.3 x 12.8 inch


Conrad Botes, Landscape I, Print

Conrad Botes

Landscape I, 2014
22.4 x 30.3 inch


Joanna Gebal, Cactus, Print

Joanna Gebal

Cactus, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Evgeniya Buravleva, Sculpture, Print

Evgeniya Buravleva

Sculpture, 2018
9.4 x 13 inch


Agathe Wagner, Reciprocity 8, Print

Agathe Wagner

Reciprocity 8, 2016
23.6 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch


Sara Cao, Dung Beetles, Print

Sara Cao

Dung Beetles, 2013
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Robert Hodgins, Happy Birthday Mister Chairman, Print

Robert Hodgins

Happy Birthday Mister Chairman, 1999
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


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