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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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Robert Combas, Le mystère des dessins sans poil mais avec texte, Print

Robert Combas

Le mystère des dessins sans poil mais avec texte, 2020
15.2 x 11.2 x 0.8 inch
Print

$6,664

JonOne, Coffret de luxe - Birth of the Wind - Numéro 185, Print

JonOne

Coffret de luxe - Birth of the Wind - Numéro 185, 2018
10.2 x 8.3 x 0.2 inch
Print

$1,030

Kaï Aspire, Love vs Money, Print

Kaï Aspire

Love vs Money, 2017
28 x 20 inch
Print

$4,800

Flog, Smoothie, Print

Flog

Smoothie, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$303

Peter Klasen, Sans titre, Print

Peter Klasen

Sans titre, 1974
19.7 x 25.6 x 0 inch
Print

$666

Marc Chagall, Pierrot avec Parapluie (Man with Umbrella), Print

Marc Chagall

Pierrot avec Parapluie (Man with Umbrella), 1927
14 x 11.5 inch
Print

$16,000

Lucas Ninin, Jésus (Affiche sérigraphié), Print

Lucas Ninin

Jésus (Affiche sérigraphié), 2021
29.9 x 22 x 0.4 inch
Print

$218

Sol LeWitt, Forms Derived From a Cube, Print

Sol LeWitt

Forms Derived From a Cube, 1964
20.5 x 20.5 inch
Print

$7,997

David Hockney, The Tower with One Window, Print

David Hockney

The Tower with One Window, 1969
17.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$5,876

Sandra Salamonová, Letters, Print

Sandra Salamonová

Letters, 2021
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,212

Marlene Dumas, Full Serie: Fog of War, Print

Marlene Dumas

Full Serie: Fog of War, 2006
18.5 x 14.2 inch
Print

$15,145

Jean-Michel Noquet, Sur la côte Normande, Print

Jean-Michel Noquet

Sur la côte Normande, 1950
23.8 x 31.9 inch
Print

$145

François Schuiten, Pékin-Hankou - Le pont, Print

François Schuiten

Pékin-Hankou - Le pont, 2021
29.5 x 35.4 inch
Print

$485

Nora Ampova, Trump Ostrich, Print

Nora Ampova

Trump Ostrich, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$473

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Etude de Fille, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude de Fille, 1998
10.2 x 14.2 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,454

Christophe Charbonnel, La procession des guerriers, Print

Christophe Charbonnel

La procession des guerriers, 2016
11.7 x 8.3 inch
Print

$241

Bruno Mallart, La forêt vierge au rocher, Print

Bruno Mallart

La forêt vierge au rocher, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$727

Marino Marini, The Horse, Print

Marino Marini

The Horse, 1950
11.2 x 9.4 x 0 inch
Print

$1,575

Bernard Buffet, Les moulins, Print

Bernard Buffet

Les moulins, 1953
15 x 21.9 inch
Print

$1,696 $2,120

Man Ray, Une Cathédrale, Print

Man Ray

Une Cathédrale, 1968
14.8 x 11 x 0.2 inch
Print

$2,666

Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Juego de signos, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Juego de signos, 1990
35.4 x 24.8 inch
Print

$1,175

Vikenti Komitski, Always Here, Never There, Print

Vikenti Komitski

Always Here, Never There, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,006

Joan Hernández Pijuan, Rosa Blanca, Print

Joan Hernández Pijuan

Rosa Blanca, 1987
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$2,126

Eric Fischl, Sin título 2, Print

Eric Fischl

Sin título 2, 2009
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Print

$2,423

Bernard Louédin, Poissons, Print

Bernard Louédin

Poissons, 1999
11 x 7.9 x 0 inch
Print

$139

Nathalie Grall, En suspens, Print

Nathalie Grall

En suspens, 2008
19.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$509

Our recommendations Pablo Reinoso, Cap i Cua, Print

Pablo Reinoso

Cap i Cua, 2020
19.7 x 78.7 inch
Print

$3,392

Fernando Bellver, Hans Arp, Print

Fernando Bellver

Hans Arp, 1994
25.2 x 18.9 inch
Print

$727

Zoran Mishe, Pleasure I – Silver edition, Print

Zoran Mishe

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

$424

Paul Gauguin, Studies of Horses, Print

Paul Gauguin

Studies of Horses, 1902
12.4 x 10.2 x 0.1 inch
Print

$33,925

Lucio Fontana, Untitled, Print

Lucio Fontana

Untitled, 1965
9.7 x 7 x 0 inch
Print

$8,239

Hans Richter, Artistic Composition, Print

Hans Richter

Artistic Composition, 1973
19.5 x 13.6 x 0 inch
Print

$424

Franco Gentilini, Two Men, Print

Franco Gentilini

Two Men, 1960
25.6 x 18.9 x 0 inch
Print

$1,030

Iván Araujo, Serie Bodegón XII, Print

Iván Araujo

Serie Bodegón XII, 2005
11 x 15 inch
Print

$442

André Roland Brudieux, Winter, Print

André Roland Brudieux

Winter, 1950
11.8 x 9.4 x 0 inch
Print

$424

Carlo Carrà, Seascape, Print

Carlo Carrà

Seascape, 1964
9.8 x 14 x 0.1 inch
Print

$969

Jacques Joachim Jean Rigal (J.J.J. Rigal), Spiroflora, Print

Jacques Joachim Jean Rigal (J.J.J. Rigal)

Spiroflora, 1971
26.4 x 19.9 x 0.1 inch
Print

$485

Giuseppe Santomaso, Falling Shape, Print

Giuseppe Santomaso

Falling Shape, 1976
39.4 x 51.2 x 0 inch
Print

$848

Almir da Silva Mavignier, Strukturen und Prinzipien, Print

Almir da Silva Mavignier

Strukturen und Prinzipien, 1979
32.9 x 23.4 x 0 inch
Print

$460

Ardengo Soffici, Poggio a Caiano, Print

Ardengo Soffici

Poggio a Caiano, 1964
25.6 x 18.1 x 0.1 inch
Print

$727

Miodrag Djuric (Dado), Untitled, Print

Miodrag Djuric (Dado)

Untitled, 1980
35.8 x 24.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,575

Anselmo Bucci, Les Mitrailleuses, Print

Anselmo Bucci

Les Mitrailleuses, 1917
14.2 x 10.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$424

Giacomo Manzú, Round Medusa, Print

Giacomo Manzú

Round Medusa, 1970
25 x 19.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,939

Rody Iliesco, La belle vie, Print

Rody Iliesco

La belle vie, 2013
29.9 x 22.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$460

Gianfranco Ferroni, In the Kitchen, Print

Gianfranco Ferroni

In the Kitchen, 1973
13 x 14.1 x 0 inch
Print

$1,454

Mino Maccari, Prisoners, Print

Mino Maccari

Prisoners, 1964
25.4 x 18.1 x 0.1 inch
Print

$363

Gérard Guyomard, Playing, Print

Gérard Guyomard

Playing, 1960
12.7 x 10 x 0.1 inch
Print

$242

Giò Pomodoro, Fossil, Print

Giò Pomodoro

Fossil, 1955
11 x 15 x 0.1 inch
Print

$424

Piero Cesaroni, In the Room, Print

Piero Cesaroni

In the Room, 2002
31.7 x 21.5 x 0 inch
Print

$485

Léopold Survage, Horse, Print

Léopold Survage

Horse, 1953
19.3 x 12.2 x 0 inch
Print

$969

Pericle Fazzini, In the Studio, Print

Pericle Fazzini

In the Studio, 1964
26.8 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$485

Ricardo Lanzarini, Aglomeración, Print

Ricardo Lanzarini

Aglomeración, 2020
16.5 x 21.9 inch
Print

$1,212

Leonardo Castellani, Seafood, Print

Leonardo Castellani

Seafood, 1943
27.2 x 19.3 x 0 inch
Print

$1,151

George Segal, Girl in Bright Red Shirt, Print

George Segal

Girl in Bright Red Shirt, 1976
27.8 x 39 x 0 inch
Print

$2,060

Ugo Attardi, Woman, Print

Ugo Attardi

Woman, 1985
21.9 x 29.9 x 0 inch
Print

$606

Jacques Lestrille, Still Life, Print

Jacques Lestrille

Still Life, 1950
8.3 x 9.3 x 0 inch
Print

$485

Ria Klaveren-Exel, View of Rotterdam, Print

Ria Klaveren-Exel

View of Rotterdam, 1970
18.2 x 22.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$485

Bruno Conte, Perspective, Print

Bruno Conte

Perspective, 1980
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$460

Gerardo Dottori, Composition, Print

Gerardo Dottori

Composition, 1970
25.2 x 18.5 x 0 inch
Print

$582

Alicia Mihai, Pasaje I, Print

Alicia Mihai

Pasaje I, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$1,090

Fabrice Rebeyrolle, Arbre inversé, Print

Fabrice Rebeyrolle

Arbre inversé, 2018
20.1 x 13.8 inch
Print

$775

David Diao, Berlin-Chair unassembled 1, Print

David Diao

Berlin-Chair unassembled 1, 2019
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$2,181

Daniele Dimitri, Vegetation, Print

Daniele Dimitri

Vegetation, 1980
13 x 9.4 x 0 inch
Print

$303

Nacho Mariezcurrena, Lo Siento / I'm sorry, Print

Nacho Mariezcurrena

Lo Siento / I'm sorry, 2020
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch
Print

$120

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