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Ink Print

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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Bisco Smith, Grateful, Print

Bisco Smith

Grateful, 2019
24 x 18.1 inch


Christiane Vleugels, Faith 60/100, Print

Christiane Vleugels

Faith 60/100, 2020
55.1 x 38.6 inch


Andrew Cotton, The Biggie, Print

Andrew Cotton

The Biggie, 2019
60 x 50 x 1 inch

$6,750 $7,500

Isabelle Courtois Lacoste, Silence vert, Print

Isabelle Courtois Lacoste

Silence vert, 2020
11.8 x 7.9 inch


Gomor, Above the sky, Print


Above the sky, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Ziegler T, My Kid Just Ruined My Coco Chanel (black/red), Print

Ziegler T

My Kid Just Ruined My Coco Chanel (black/red), 2020
29.9 x 22 inch


Ludovic Debeurme, Fils Masque, Print

Ludovic Debeurme

Fils Masque, 2016
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch


Aurélie Lafourcade, Mono Paysage, Print

Aurélie Lafourcade

Mono Paysage, 2019
24.4 x 18.1 inch


Charles Lapicque, Les reclus, Print

Charles Lapicque

Les reclus, 1967
15 x 11 inch


Lee Quinones, Lions Den, Print

Lee Quinones

Lions Den, 2014
18 x 14 inch


César Henao, Horizon zero, Print

César Henao

Horizon zero, 2019
59.1 x 59.1 x 0.1 inch


Luciano Castelli, Revolving Litho, Print

Luciano Castelli

Revolving Litho, 2018
39.4 x 55.1 inch


TMM, James Bond Héritage, Print


James Bond Héritage, 2020
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch


Olivier Morvan, Pour Sarah W, Print

Olivier Morvan

Pour Sarah W, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch


JP Malot, Trooper Orange. Edition X50. Signed, numered., Print

JP Malot

Trooper Orange. Edition X50. Signed, numered., 2020
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Shadee K, Passion E, Print

Shadee K

Passion E, 2013
7.3 x 5.1 inch


Jessica Pliez, Chapignon, Print

Jessica Pliez

Chapignon, 2017
11.7 x 8.3 inch


Laurent Bergues, Sculpture sur tache 1, Print

Laurent Bergues

Sculpture sur tache 1, 2019
27.6 x 19.3 x 0 inch

$168 $223

Kaï Aspire, The Thinker, Print

Kaï Aspire

The Thinker, 2021
27.5 x 27.5 inch


Corinne Berset, Biarritz le Rocher de la vierge, Print

Corinne Berset

Biarritz le Rocher de la vierge, 2009
18.5 x 13.4 x 0.1 inch


André Hambourg, Composition, Print

André Hambourg

Composition, 1960
15 x 21.3 inch


Alberto Porta (Zush), Arte Para Curarte Sascape, Print

Alberto Porta (Zush)

Arte Para Curarte Sascape, 1994
16.9 x 12.6 inch


Yannis Kounellis, Mod, Print

Yannis Kounellis

Mod, 1999
25.2 x 29.9 inch


Lynda Benglis, Spanish Steps 1, Print

Lynda Benglis

Spanish Steps 1, 2010
23.6 x 16.9 x 0.4 inch


Colleen Sullivan, Stories 1, Print

Colleen Sullivan

Stories 1, 2014
30 x 22 inch


Steven Harrington, Magic Hour, Print

Steven Harrington

Magic Hour, 2020
31 x 24 inch


Horst P. Horst, Untitled #1, Print

Horst P. Horst

Untitled #1, 1966
55.1 x 55.1 x 0.1 inch


Depose, Mr K7, Print


Mr K7, 2019
8.5 x 11.8 inch


Chu Teh-Chun, Composition pour les JO, Print

Chu Teh-Chun

Composition pour les JO, 1992
24.8 x 35.4 inch


Saber (MSK), Awful Beautiful Lie (hand-finished), Print

Saber (MSK)

Awful Beautiful Lie (hand-finished), 2018
16.1 x 24 inch


Guillaume Cornet, Mont Saint Michel - Dark Watercolours, Print

Guillaume Cornet

Mont Saint Michel - Dark Watercolours, 2016
35.4 x 26.8 x 1.6 inch


Bernard Quesniaux, Sans-titre, Print

Bernard Quesniaux

Sans-titre, 2014
26 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Ewan David Eason, Sacred Continent Africa, Print

Ewan David Eason

Sacred Continent Africa, 2017
27.2 x 27.2 x 1.2 inch


Marie-Odile Wagner, Clin d’œil, rêve d’un monde…, Print

Marie-Odile Wagner

Clin d’œil, rêve d’un monde…, 2005
12.2 x 9.8 x 0 inch


Erner, Volte, Print


Volte, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Caroline Brunet, Golden Creole, Print

Caroline Brunet

Golden Creole, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Bernard Dufour, Homme Mars, Femme Vénus, Print

Bernard Dufour

Homme Mars, Femme Vénus, 1972
13.8 x 9.8 inch


Perejaume, Barcelona 80, Print


Barcelona 80, 1980
29.9 x 22 inch


Roland Penrose, More light, Print

Roland Penrose

More light, 1980
22 x 29.9 inch


Saul Steinberg, The Dream of E, Print

Saul Steinberg

The Dream of E, 1972
12.5 x 11 x 1 inch


Danuta Tatar-Grzesiak, The building of Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts (Zacheta), Print

Danuta Tatar-Grzesiak

The building of Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts (Zacheta), 2009
11.8 x 7.9 inch


Fio Silva, Liebre, Print

Fio Silva

Liebre, 2015
19.7 x 13.8 inch


Gerardo Delgado, Sans titre, Print

Gerardo Delgado

Sans titre, 1987
22 x 29.9 inch


Nathalie Rey, Serie Swimming Pool, Print

Nathalie Rey

Serie Swimming Pool, 2019
39.4 x 29.5 inch


Sweetuno, Choreography, Print


Choreography, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Laure Julien, En rouge et noir 3, Print

Laure Julien

En rouge et noir 3, 2017
6.7 x 11.6 inch


Anastasiia Kolibaba, Tairovo, Print

Anastasiia Kolibaba

Tairovo, 2020
11.4 x 13.6 x 0.4 inch


Ela Waga, Between, Print

Ela Waga

Between, 2018
21.3 x 30.7 inch


Joseph Salamon, Heinrich Heine Il Romanzero, Print

Joseph Salamon

Heinrich Heine Il Romanzero, 1972
12.6 x 17.5 x 0.1 inch


Nikolay Devnenski, Citroën DS, Print

Nikolay Devnenski

Citroën DS, 2019
19.7 x 33.1 x 0.2 inch


Michaël Cailloux, Semence, Print

Michaël Cailloux

Semence, 2016
15.7 x 11 x 0.2 inch


Baris Saribas, Fighter Jet, Print

Baris Saribas

Fighter Jet, 2016
30.7 x 24.8 inch


Vincenzo Agnetti, Plate A from 'Spazio perduto e spazio costruito' portfolio, Print

Vincenzo Agnetti

Plate A from 'Spazio perduto e spazio costruito' portfolio, 1971
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Solveig Landa, Input, Print

Solveig Landa

Input, 2016
18.9 x 24.8 inch

$906 $1,241

MNO, RAM1, Print


RAM1, 2017
35.4 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch


Seb Jarnot, Panictree, Print

Seb Jarnot

Panictree, 2002
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Felicita Frai, Gemelle fiorite, Print

Felicita Frai

Gemelle fiorite, 1990
22.4 x 29.9 x 0 inch


Luisa Sallent, Untitled, Print

Luisa Sallent

Untitled, 2000
29.9 x 21.7 inch

$362 $496

LEMARIE, Rose Pink, Print


Rose Pink, 1955
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Clara Langelez, Gaby, Print

Clara Langelez

Gaby, 2018
18.3 x 12.6 x 0.4 inch


Rebecca Whitewood, Tiger, Print

Rebecca Whitewood

Tiger, 2018
11.8 x 9.8 x 0.8 inch

$1,721 $2,358

Quim Corominas, Untitled, Print

Quim Corominas

Untitled, 2000
26.8 x 19.7 inch

$303 $413

José Manuel Menéndez Rojas, Untitled, Print

José Manuel Menéndez Rojas

Untitled, 2000
20.5 x 26 inch

$303 $413

Joan Martí, Untitled, Print

Joan Martí

Untitled, 2000
29.1 x 22 inch

$202 $276

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