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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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Jacques Villeglé, Hobo, Print

Jacques Villeglé

Hobo, 2017
20.7 x 25.2 inch
Print

$425

Tattoo Art M, Muhammad Ali-I, Print

Tattoo Art M

Muhammad Ali-I, 2019
35.4 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$547

Sergueï Smirnov, Cypress. Ref.8357, Print

Sergueï Smirnov

Cypress. Ref.8357, 2007
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch
Print

$485

Irena Aizen, Family Portrait-2. Ref.9282, Print

Irena Aizen

Family Portrait-2. Ref.9282, 2010
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$363

Sophie Petetin, PRINTEMPS FOU, Print

Sophie Petetin

PRINTEMPS FOU, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.2 inch
Print

$115

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

$729

Jérôme Lagarrigue, On a Misty Night (John Coltrane), Print

Jérôme Lagarrigue

On a Misty Night (John Coltrane), 2018
28.3 x 34.3 inch
Print

$1,215

Gad Berry, David Bowie, Print

Gad Berry

David Bowie, 2019
43.3 x 43.3 x 2 inch
Print

$7,293

Kai and Sunny, Lots of Bits of Star / Série 2, Print

Kai and Sunny

Lots of Bits of Star / Série 2, 2014
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Print

$365

Christiane Vleugels, Faith 60/100, Print

Christiane Vleugels

Faith 60/100, 2020
55.1 x 38.6 inch
Print

$10,332

Hiraku, Planet, Print

Hiraku

Planet, 2018
13 x 17.7 inch
Print

$608

Jacques Grison, En VII, Print

Jacques Grison

En VII, 2018
19.7 x 25 x 0 inch
Print

$2,796

Arantzazu Martinez, From here, Print

Arantzazu Martinez

From here, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Print

$3,403

Perrotte, Kilito, Print

Perrotte

Kilito, 2020
19.7 x 33.5 x 0.8 inch
Print

$912

Sancko, Madone, Print

Sancko

Madone, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Print

$72

Pierre Riollet, Balcony, Print

Pierre Riollet

Balcony, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$365

So Youn Lee, Espririt, Print

So Youn Lee

Espririt, 2020
17.1 x 14 inch
Print

$365

Pierre Kroll, Le dixième, Print

Pierre Kroll

Le dixième, 2013
41.3 x 27.2 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,313

Thélo, Happy Pluto, Print

Thélo

Happy Pluto, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$425

Julien Colombier, Into the Wild, Print

Julien Colombier

Into the Wild, 2015
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Print

$425

Bea Simpson, Marilyn 1955, Print

Bea Simpson

Marilyn 1955, 2018
29.5 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$547

Our recommendations Mario Sughi, Blue Shadows, Print

Mario Sughi

Blue Shadows, 2011
46.1 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,410

Natalie Laudon, Superman, Print

Natalie Laudon

Superman, 2018
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Print

$2,796

Laurent Durrey, Mon amour, Print

Laurent Durrey

Mon amour, 2021
37.8 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$3,525

Paul K, Au commencement , Print

Paul K

Au commencement , 2015
36.6 x 55.1 x 2 inch
Print

$1,568

Dominik Jasinski, Och!, Print

Dominik Jasinski

Och!, 2012
47.2 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Print

$456

Claire De Regge, Model 3 , Print

Claire De Regge

Model 3 , 2016
36.2 x 55.1 x 2 inch
Print

$912

Tekmass, Candy, Print

Tekmass

Candy, 2020
15.7 x 11.7 inch
Print

$122

Bambi Bakbi, Flamand, Print

Bambi Bakbi

Flamand, 2019
16.5 x 13 x 0 inch
Print

$85

Kaldea, Nzola, Print

Kaldea

Nzola, 2020
16.5 x 11.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$134

Bill Degadans, Jim Morrison, Print

Bill Degadans

Jim Morrison, 2000
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$547

Sara Zaher, Emoji Dose, Print

Sara Zaher

Emoji Dose, 2017
26 x 26 x 2 inch
Print

$5,400

Paradox'Art, Cauchemars, Print

Paradox'Art

Cauchemars, 2014
39.4 x 59.1 inch
Print

$802

Joanna Sierko-Filipowska, Frida Kahlo, Print

Joanna Sierko-Filipowska

Frida Kahlo, 2013
26.8 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Print

$669

Remi Bertoche, My beach car, Print

Remi Bertoche

My beach car, 2016
31.5 x 47.2 x 1.6 inch
Print

$1,203

Skwak, Maniac Doodle Black and White, Print

Skwak

Maniac Doodle Black and White, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Print

$182

Stop, Spider Man, Print

Stop

Spider Man, 2018
31.5 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$547

Léa Dedieu, Pavot Édition, Print

Léa Dedieu

Pavot Édition, 2020
16.5 x 11.7 x 0 inch
Print

$146

Aleksandra Honko, Pool no. 4, Print

Aleksandra Honko

Pool no. 4, 2019
25.8 x 18.9 x 1.2 inch
Print

$131 $146

Sit Amet, For Forever More, Print

Sit Amet

For Forever More, 2017
39.4 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$547

Dean Rossiter, Emissary, Print

Dean Rossiter

Emissary, 2019
23 x 15 inch
Print

$700

Jean-Baptiste Delarue, Miller's, Print

Jean-Baptiste Delarue

Miller's, 2013
13.8 x 13.8 x 0 inch
Print

$158

Carine Dewavrin, Celles qu'on ne peut expliquer, Print

Carine Dewavrin

Celles qu'on ne peut expliquer, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.2 inch
Print

$158

J.C. Kanter, Maria Callas, Print

J.C. Kanter

Maria Callas, 2018
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$547

Tony Wang (aka Wrongwroks), Itadakimasue, Print

Tony Wang (aka Wrongwroks)

Itadakimasue, 2005
17.7 x 23.6 inch
Print

$608

Peeta, Cotton Candie, Print

Peeta

Cotton Candie, 2019
23.6 x 43.3 inch
Print

$972

Cezary Poniatowski, Creature XXXIII, Print

Cezary Poniatowski

Creature XXXIII, 2008
23.2 x 35 inch
Print

$547

Fred Ebami, Melting'Art, Print

Fred Ebami

Melting'Art, 2016
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$972

Juan Cordero, Wolve Liz, Print

Juan Cordero

Wolve Liz, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Print

$547

Taryn Treisman, Spunkey Monkey, Print

Taryn Treisman

Spunkey Monkey, 2021
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$729

James Gill, Minnie Mouse, Print

James Gill

Minnie Mouse, 2018
24.4 x 24.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$2,309

Mario Hounkanrin, Masked Face, Print

Mario Hounkanrin

Masked Face, 2016
11.8 x 9.4 inch
Print

$243

Albert Koski, Rolling Stones Signature, Print

Albert Koski

Rolling Stones Signature, 1990
76.8 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,459

Luc Grateau, Ticket #345, Print

Luc Grateau

Ticket #345, 2010
47.2 x 22.4 x 1.6 inch
Print

$1,823

FC Sofia, Invasion 11, Print

FC Sofia

Invasion 11, 2012
78.7 x 29.5 x 0.8 inch
Print

$5,105

Olivier Michel, Méandres II, Print

Olivier Michel

Méandres II, 2017
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$243

Julien Durix, Raining dollars Édition Prestige, Print

Julien Durix

Raining dollars Édition Prestige, 2020
43.3 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,276

Jacques Villeglé, Les murs ont la parole, Print

Jacques Villeglé

Les murs ont la parole, 2018
20.7 x 25.2 inch
Print

$425

Tattoo Art M, Steve McQueen MMXVI, Print

Tattoo Art M

Steve McQueen MMXVI, 2018
35.4 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$547

Sergueï Smirnov, Touch. Ref.8392, Print

Sergueï Smirnov

Touch. Ref.8392, 2007
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch
Print

$485

Sergueï Smirnov, Swallows. Ref.8393, Print

Sergueï Smirnov

Swallows. Ref.8393, 2007
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch
Print

$485

Sergueï Smirnov, Tapestry. Hunting Scene. Ref.8406, Print

Sergueï Smirnov

Tapestry. Hunting Scene. Ref.8406, 2007
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$485

Sergueï Smirnov, Spaniard. Ref.8387, Print

Sergueï Smirnov

Spaniard. Ref.8387, 2007
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch
Print

$485

Sergueï Smirnov, Green Hat. Ref.8361, Print

Sergueï Smirnov

Green Hat. Ref.8361, 2007
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch
Print

$485

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