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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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Invader, Invasao Sao Paulo, Print


Invasao Sao Paulo, 2011
17.3 x 25 inch


Julio Le Parc, Optical n.4, Print

Julio Le Parc

Optical n.4, 1976
13.4 x 9.6 x 0 inch


Damien Poulain, Love, Print

Damien Poulain

Love, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Shu Takahashi, Morning star, Print

Shu Takahashi

Morning star, 1970
24.4 x 18.5 x 0 inch


Ivan Rabuzin, Pink Sky, Print

Ivan Rabuzin

Pink Sky, 1990
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Leo Guida, Siamo noi, Print

Leo Guida

Siamo noi, 1993
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Valerio Adami, Rohces Brunes. Musicales, Print

Valerio Adami

Rohces Brunes. Musicales, 2020
21.7 x 12.4 x 0.4 inch


Raya Sorkine, Le couple du soleil, Print

Raya Sorkine

Le couple du soleil, 1990
7.9 x 5.5 x 0.4 inch


Camille Hilaire, Bord de l'Epte au printemps, Print

Camille Hilaire

Bord de l'Epte au printemps, 1992
22 x 29.9 x 0.1 inch


Rafal Olbinski, A conventional sentiment, Print

Rafal Olbinski

A conventional sentiment, 2021
9.4 x 7.1 inch


Mark Kostabi, Earth Inc., Print

Mark Kostabi

Earth Inc., 1990
26.5 x 39.5 inch


Roberto Matta, Untitled 5 from Hom'mere V - N'ous Portfolio, Print

Roberto Matta

Untitled 5 from Hom'mere V - N'ous Portfolio, 1985
26.5 x 20.5 inch


Futura 2000, No title, Print

Futura 2000

No title, 1997
33.5 x 47.2 inch


Enrico Baj, Sextus Varius Avitus Bassianus Heliogabalus, Print

Enrico Baj

Sextus Varius Avitus Bassianus Heliogabalus, 1972
19.5 x 15.75 inch


Zena Blackwell, Meadow, Print

Zena Blackwell

Meadow, 2021
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch


Théo Tobiasse, Romeo et Juliette, ca, Print

Théo Tobiasse

Romeo et Juliette, ca, 1971
19.7 x 26 x 0.1 inch


Omar Rayo, Saphan, Print

Omar Rayo

Saphan, 1969
23 x 21 inch


Philippe Noyer, The Monkey, Print

Philippe Noyer

The Monkey, 1969
29.75 x 22 inch


Remi Bertoche, Single Surfer, Print

Remi Bertoche

Single Surfer, 2008
39.4 x 59.1 x 1.6 inch


Alexandre Lenoir, Hommage aux femmes, Print

Alexandre Lenoir

Hommage aux femmes, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Liu Bolin, Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes, Print

Liu Bolin

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


Toctoc, Février 2104, Print


Février 2104, 2020
35.4 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


François Avril, Bretagne - Vert, Print

François Avril

Bretagne - Vert, 2018
25.2 x 35.6 inch


Carlos Cruz-Diez, Color Aditivo Cantarrana 2, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Color Aditivo Cantarrana 2, 2016
27.6 x 39.4 inch


Luigi Veronesi, Composition, Print

Luigi Veronesi

Composition, 1975
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Seize Happywallmaker, Cyclopcircle, Print

Seize Happywallmaker

Cyclopcircle, 2015
25.2 x 33.1 x 1.2 inch


Mason Storm, Monkey Parliament, Print

Mason Storm

Monkey Parliament, 2020
22 x 31.5 inch


Our recommendations Chiho Aoshima, Hot Spring, Print

Chiho Aoshima

Hot Spring, 2005
26.8 x 26.8 inch


Shen Jingdong, Sans titre, Print

Shen Jingdong

Sans titre, 2010
29.5 x 21.7 inch


Our recommendations Giovanni De Simone, Il Motociclista (The Rider), Print

Giovanni De Simone

Il Motociclista (The Rider), 1970
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Sandro Chia, Untitled, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Sandro Chia

Untitled, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
27.6 x 37.2 x 0 inch


Jana Lottenburger, Série Fouilles variation ADB, Print

Jana Lottenburger

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


Buff Monster, Melty 18, Print

Buff Monster

Melty 18, 2020
12 x 9 inch


Giuseppe Capogrossi, Untitled, Print

Giuseppe Capogrossi

Untitled, 1970
17.3 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Fabrice Hyber, Pépins, Print

Fabrice Hyber

Pépins, 2019
31.5 x 47.2 inch


Carl-Henning Pedersen, Vivre oiseau II, Print

Carl-Henning Pedersen

Vivre oiseau II, 1995
19.7 x 15 inch


Walter Barrientos, Hormiga Amoroso, Print

Walter Barrientos

Hormiga Amoroso, 2011
61.4 x 21.7 x 2 inch


Gianpistone, Abstract Colored Composition, Print


Abstract Colored Composition, 1970
27.8 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Giovanni Omiccioli, Soccer Pitch, Print

Giovanni Omiccioli

Soccer Pitch, 1973
26 x 37.4 x 0.1 inch


Jonas Wood, Clipping, Print

Jonas Wood

Clipping, 2017
51 x 51 inch


Fritz Baumgartner, Green Figures, Print

Fritz Baumgartner

Green Figures, 1970
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Marcos Marin, Gainsbourg 1/8, Print

Marcos Marin

Gainsbourg 1/8, 2014
39.4 x 39.4 inch


Marie Laurencin, Fillette à la Rose, Print

Marie Laurencin

Fillette à la Rose, 1955
19.3 x 14.6 x 0 inch


Agathe Wagner, Reciprocity 8, Print

Agathe Wagner

Reciprocity 8, 2016
23.6 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch


Orfeo Vitali, Visions, Print

Orfeo Vitali

Visions, 1970
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Augusto Garau, Untitled, Print

Augusto Garau

Untitled, 1970
19.7 x 13.8 x 0 inch


Fabien Boitard, Sans titre, Print

Fabien Boitard

Sans titre, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Alexei Lantsev, L'île de Bréhat. Bretagne, Print

Alexei Lantsev

L'île de Bréhat. Bretagne, 2018
7.9 x 11 inch


Koak, Drift, Print


Drift, 2019
19.5 x 15.9 inch


Shoici Hasegawa, C'était une Bonne Journée, Print

Shoici Hasegawa

C'était une Bonne Journée, 1970
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch


Evgeniya Buravleva, Runners, Print

Evgeniya Buravleva

Runners, 2018
9.4 x 13 inch


Mariana Laín, Botas rojas, Print

Mariana Laín

Botas rojas, 2001
18.3 x 12.8 inch


John Piper, Saints, Print

John Piper

Saints, 1975
28.5 x 20.7 x 0 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


Antonio Calderara, Green Composition, Print

Antonio Calderara

Green Composition, 1978
8.5 x 8.5 x 0.1 inch


Piero Gilardi, Inverosimile no.1, Print

Piero Gilardi

Inverosimile no.1, 1990
21.7 x 29.5 x 0 inch


Henri Michaux, Meidosems, Print

Henri Michaux

Meidosems, 1948
10.2 x 8.1 x 0.1 inch


Daniele Dimitri, Vegetation, Print

Daniele Dimitri

Vegetation, 1980
13 x 9.4 x 0 inch


Amintore Fanfani, Composition, Print

Amintore Fanfani

Composition, 1972
19.5 x 22.8 x 0.1 inch


Enrico Benaglia, Child, Print

Enrico Benaglia

Child, 1970
19.7 x 13.8 x 0.1 inch


Jan Tcega, Nesting Qam, Print

Jan Tcega

Nesting Qam, 2013
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Sara Cao, Dung Beetles, Print

Sara Cao

Dung Beetles, 2013
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Ibrahim Kodra, Robot, Print

Ibrahim Kodra

Robot, 1975
13 x 9.3 x 0.1 inch


Raffaello Piraino, Still Life, Print

Raffaello Piraino

Still Life, 1970
26.4 x 17.3 x 0 inch


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