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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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Joan Miró, Constellation III (Por Alberti, por l'Espana), Print

Joan Miró

Constellation III (Por Alberti, por l'Espana), 1975
35.4 x 26 x 0.1 inch


Roland Topor, Ciel ouvert, Print

Roland Topor

Ciel ouvert, 1970
25.6 x 18.9 x 0 inch


Martin Whatson, Less Is More, Print

Martin Whatson

Less Is More, 2014
22 x 30 inch


Jef Aérosol, This world is (y)our world, Print

Jef Aérosol

This world is (y)our world, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Hans Richter, Untitled, Print

Hans Richter

Untitled, 1970
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Andrew Cotton, The Biggie, Print

Andrew Cotton

The Biggie, 2019
60 x 50 x 1 inch

$6,750 $7,500

Jacques Clauzel, Sans Titre, Print

Jacques Clauzel

Sans Titre, 2004
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch


Barbara Rosiak, An eye, Print

Barbara Rosiak

An eye, 1985
9.8 x 8.3 inch


Zou Zou, Le paradis des Éléphants, Print

Zou Zou

Le paradis des Éléphants, 2020
39.4 x 59.1 x 0.1 inch


Nina Medioni, Edition de risographies - Le Voile, Print

Nina Medioni

Edition de risographies - Le Voile, 2021
11 x 7.9 x 0 inch


Manolo Acedo, Digital print, triptych, Print

Manolo Acedo

Digital print, triptych, 2017
10.2 x 7.5 x 0.4 inch


Sandra Salamonová, Rainbow on the Wall, Print

Sandra Salamonová

Rainbow on the Wall, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Olena Shyrova, Weekdays, Print

Olena Shyrova

Weekdays, 2019
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch


Our recommendations Christophe Charbonnel, David, Print

Christophe Charbonnel

David, 2016
23.6 x 15.7 inch


François Schuiten, Ralentir, Print

François Schuiten

Ralentir, 2021
31.5 x 23.6 inch


Levalet, Crash test (Superman), Print


Crash test (Superman), 2020
31.5 x 23.6 inch


Gottfried Salzmann, New York by Night, Print

Gottfried Salzmann

New York by Night, 2015
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Louis Toffoli, Synthèse, Print

Louis Toffoli

Synthèse, 1994
29.9 x 22 inch


Hush, Faces 1 & 2, Print


Faces 1 & 2, 2019
18.1 x 11.8 inch


Antoni Tapies, Creu i S, Print

Antoni Tapies

Creu i S, 1976
22 x 29.9 inch


Our recommendations Pablo Reinoso, Cap i Cua, Print

Pablo Reinoso

Cap i Cua, 2020
19.7 x 78.7 inch


Nora Ampova, Trump Ostrich, Print

Nora Ampova

Trump Ostrich, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Katre, Porto perspectives, Print


Porto perspectives, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Juego de signos, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Juego de signos, 1990
35.4 x 24.8 inch


Zoran Mishe, Pleasure II – Silver edition, Print

Zoran Mishe

Pleasure II – Silver edition, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Jesús-Rafael Soto, Ecriture CFDT 51/60, Print

Jesús-Rafael Soto

Ecriture CFDT 51/60, 1988
7.9 x 25.6 inch


Isack, Bardot, Print


Bardot, 2020
39.4 x 29.5 x 0.8 inch


Yaya Herman Dune, Dalävlen, Print

Yaya Herman Dune

Dalävlen, 2010
22.4 x 28 x 0.4 inch


Peter Halley, Stop Word, Print

Peter Halley

Stop Word, 2015
29.3 x 28.9 inch


Philippe Pasqua, Sans Titre, Print

Philippe Pasqua

Sans Titre, 2010
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Antoni Clavé, Relleus i signes, Print

Antoni Clavé

Relleus i signes, 1972
22.6 x 30.5 inch


Eudes Menichetti, Ha Bleu Cobalt, Print

Eudes Menichetti

Ha Bleu Cobalt, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Jean-Louis Mendrisse, Le violonceleste, Print

Jean-Louis Mendrisse

Le violonceleste, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Eric Fischl, Sin título 2, Print

Eric Fischl

Sin título 2, 2009
27.6 x 39.4 inch


OneFake, Malcom clockwork orange, Print


Malcom clockwork orange, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Dominique Sosolic, Déluge, Print

Dominique Sosolic

Déluge, 1988
12.2 x 9.4 inch


Fabrice Rebeyrolle, Arbre inversé, Print

Fabrice Rebeyrolle

Arbre inversé, 2018
20.1 x 13.8 inch


Ignasi Aballí, **, Print

Ignasi Aballí

**, 2018
1 x 0.2 x 1 inch


Xiaobai Su, Big Inkstone 1, Print

Xiaobai Su

Big Inkstone 1, 2016
29.9 x 30.3 inch


Patrick Jannin-OMS, Constellation II, Print

Patrick Jannin-OMS

Constellation II, 2013
8.3 x 11 inch


Our recommendations Jean Messagier, Sans titre, Print

Jean Messagier

Sans titre, 1990
13 x 9.4 inch


Ricardo Lanzarini, Perfomance, Print

Ricardo Lanzarini

Perfomance, 2020
16.5 x 21.9 inch


Jean Denant, Nina, Print

Jean Denant

Nina, 2020
41.3 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch


ErriC, Another Dimension, Print


Another Dimension, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


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


Alicia Mihai, Fronteras, Print

Alicia Mihai

Fronteras, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Sandra Gamarra, Los nuevos oradores III, Print

Sandra Gamarra

Los nuevos oradores III, 2010
16.1 x 11.8 inch


Bernard Pagès, Sans-Titre, Print

Bernard Pagès

Sans-Titre, 2005
19.5 x 15.7 inch


Kurar, Human Finger Jaune, Print


Human Finger Jaune, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Diane Victor, One Horn, Print

Diane Victor

One Horn, 2016
27.2 x 19.7 inch


Rémi Malingrëy, L'imprimerie moderne, Print

Rémi Malingrëy

L'imprimerie moderne, 2013
11.8 x 7.9 inch


Max Ernst, Lewis Carroll's Wunderhorn 25, Print

Max Ernst

Lewis Carroll's Wunderhorn 25, 1970
13 x 9.8 inch


Jacob Kassay, L'Eco di Bergamo, Print

Jacob Kassay

L'Eco di Bergamo, 2014
118.1 x 78.5 inch


Iván Araujo, Serie Bodegón XII, Print

Iván Araujo

Serie Bodegón XII, 2005
11 x 15 inch


RCR Arquitectes, Without title 1, Print

RCR Arquitectes

Without title 1, 2018
47.4 x 91.9 inch


Jordi Alcaraz, Exercici de desaparició (I), Print

Jordi Alcaraz

Exercici de desaparició (I), 2019
23.2 x 29.3 inch


David Diao, Berlin-Chair unassembled 1, Print

David Diao

Berlin-Chair unassembled 1, 2019
22 x 29.9 inch


Fernando Bellver, Hans Arp, Print

Fernando Bellver

Hans Arp, 1994
25.2 x 18.9 inch


Jan Hagen, Mouse, Print

Jan Hagen

Mouse, 1995
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Cecil Skotnes, Man with Oxwagon, Print

Cecil Skotnes

Man with Oxwagon, 1981
13 x 9.4 inch


Colbert Mashile, Jozi Boys III, Print

Colbert Mashile

Jozi Boys III, 2016
26.8 x 19.7 inch


Alan Charlton, Border, Print

Alan Charlton

Border, 2019
55.1 x 78.7 inch


Our recommendations Pedro Cabrita-Reis, Seen in the studio, Print

Pedro Cabrita-Reis

Seen in the studio, 2018
49.2 x 63 inch


Tattoo Art M, Anthony Hopkins-MMXVII-I, Print

Tattoo Art M

Anthony Hopkins-MMXVII-I, 2018
23.6 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch


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