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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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Albena Vatcheva, La danseuse aux colombes, Print

Albena Vatcheva

La danseuse aux colombes, 2021
16.5 x 11.8 x 0 inch

$113 $125

JP Malot, Stormtrooper pow Hors série 2, Print

JP Malot

Stormtrooper pow Hors série 2, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Gomor, Above the sky, Print


Above the sky, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Antoni Tapies, Ligne d'horizon, Print

Antoni Tapies

Ligne d'horizon, 1973
11.6 x 18.1 inch


Pichi & Avo, Orphical Hymn to Harvest, Print

Pichi & Avo

Orphical Hymn to Harvest, 2019
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Aurélie Lafourcade, Mono Paysage, Print

Aurélie Lafourcade

Mono Paysage, 2019
24.4 x 18.1 inch


Michael Taylor, Agent, Print

Michael Taylor

Agent, 2013
30.3 x 24.8 inch


Ludovic Debeurme, Fils Masque, Print

Ludovic Debeurme

Fils Masque, 2016
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 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


Vitaliy Lishko, Untitled Monoprint, Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Untitled Monoprint, 2020
33.1 x 23.6 x 0 inch


César Henao, S-I N°8, Print

César Henao

S-I N°8, 2019
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch


Felicita Frai, Gemelle fiorite, Print

Felicita Frai

Gemelle fiorite, 1990
22.4 x 29.9 x 0 inch


Luciano Castelli, Revolving Litho, Print

Luciano Castelli

Revolving Litho, 2018
39.4 x 55.1 inch


Christiane Vleugels, Faith 60/100, Print

Christiane Vleugels

Faith 60/100, 2020
55.1 x 38.6 inch


Shadee K, Passion E, Print

Shadee K

Passion E, 2013
7.3 x 5.1 inch


Olivier Morvan, Pour Sarah W, Print

Olivier Morvan

Pour Sarah W, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch


TMM, Steve McQueen Drives Porsche, Print


Steve McQueen Drives Porsche, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Edmond Li Bellefroid, Alligator, Print

Edmond Li Bellefroid

Alligator, 2017
23.6 x 15.7 inch


LN Le Cheviller, Poids de mes os - 3, Print

LN Le Cheviller

Poids de mes os - 3, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Aches, This dream of you, Print


This dream of you, 2021
28.7 x 22.4 x 0 inch


Atelier Kencre, Hands, Print

Atelier Kencre

Hands, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Lee Quinones, Lions Den, Print

Lee Quinones

Lions Den, 2014
18 x 14 inch


Lynda Benglis, Anchor 1, Print

Lynda Benglis

Anchor 1, 2010
23.6 x 16.9 x 0.4 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


Nathalie Rey, Serie Swimming Pool, Print

Nathalie Rey

Serie Swimming Pool, 2019
39.4 x 29.5 inch


Sarah Fosse, The Shard, Print

Sarah Fosse

The Shard, 2017
28.3 x 16.5 x 1.6 inch


Roland Penrose, More light, Print

Roland Penrose

More light, 1980
22 x 29.9 inch


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

Saber (MSK)

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


Xavier Grau, Sans titre 2, Print

Xavier Grau

Sans titre 2, 1989
29.5 x 21.7 inch


Alex Pena, Pieced Remnants #4, Print

Alex Pena

Pieced Remnants #4, 2017
18 x 14 x 0.1 inch


AEC Interesni Kazki, The Birth Of A Supernova, Print

AEC Interesni Kazki

The Birth Of A Supernova, 2020
24 x 28 x 0 inch


Nikolay Devnenski, Citroën DS, Print

Nikolay Devnenski

Citroën DS, 2019
19.7 x 33.1 x 0.2 inch


Baris Saribas, Fighter Jet, Print

Baris Saribas

Fighter Jet, 2016
30.7 x 24.8 inch


Solveig Landa, Input, Print

Solveig Landa

Input, 2016
18.9 x 24.8 inch

$895 $1,194

MNO, RAM4, Print


RAM4, 2017
21.3 x 28.3 x 0.8 inch


Bernabé del Castillo, Geo, Print

Bernabé del Castillo

Geo, 2018
8.3 x 6.7 x 0 inch


André Hambourg, Composition, Print

André Hambourg

Composition, 1960
15 x 21.3 inch


Chu Teh-Chun, Composition pour les JO, Print

Chu Teh-Chun

Composition pour les JO, 1992
24.8 x 35.4 inch


Isabelle Courtois Lacoste, Silence vert, Print

Isabelle Courtois Lacoste

Silence vert, 2020
11.8 x 7.9 inch


Saul Steinberg, The Dream of E, Print

Saul Steinberg

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


Luisa Sallent, Untitled, Print

Luisa Sallent

Untitled, 2000
29.9 x 21.7 inch

$358 $477

Rebecca Whitewood, Tiger, Print

Rebecca Whitewood

Tiger, 2018
11.8 x 9.8 x 0.8 inch

$1,701 $2,268

Our recommendations Andrew Cotton, The Basquiat, Print

Andrew Cotton

The Basquiat, 2018
60 x 50 x 1 inch


Joseph Salamon, Heinrich Heine Il Romanzero, Print

Joseph Salamon

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


Monique Dezès, Ici et Ailleurs, Print

Monique Dezès

Ici et Ailleurs, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Bernard Quesniaux, Sans-titre, Print

Bernard Quesniaux

Sans-titre, 2014
26 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Emi, Transiency, Print


Transiency, 2020
16.5 x 11.7 x 0.1 inch


Gerardo Delgado, Sans titre, Print

Gerardo Delgado

Sans titre, 1987
22 x 29.9 inch


Louttre B, Trois en campagne, Print

Louttre B

Trois en campagne, 1995
19.3 x 28.7 inch


Alain Bernardini, Marcille 2017, Print

Alain Bernardini

Marcille 2017, 2021
20.9 x 14.8 inch


Michaël Cailloux, Semence, Print

Michaël Cailloux

Semence, 2016
15.7 x 11 x 0.2 inch


Anastasiia Kolibaba, Tairovo, Print

Anastasiia Kolibaba

Tairovo, 2020
11.4 x 13.6 x 0.4 inch


Quim Corominas, Untitled, Print

Quim Corominas

Untitled, 2000
26.8 x 19.7 inch

$298 $397

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


Floe, Label Parole, Print


Label Parole, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Fio Silva, Liebre, Print

Fio Silva

Liebre, 2015
19.7 x 13.8 inch


Tadeusz Kantor, Sans Titre, Print

Tadeusz Kantor

Sans Titre, 1975
16.5 x 11.8 x 0 inch


José Manuel Menéndez Rojas, Untitled, Print

José Manuel Menéndez Rojas

Untitled, 2000
20.5 x 26 inch

$298 $397

Sweetuno, Choreography, Print


Choreography, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Joan Martí, Untitled, Print

Joan Martí

Untitled, 2000
29.1 x 22 inch

$199 $265

Gabriel Rigo, Untitled, Print

Gabriel Rigo

Untitled, 2000
26.8 x 18.9 inch

$199 $265

Kelu Abstract, Harlem Dude, Print

Kelu Abstract

Harlem Dude, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


LEMARIE, Rose Pink, Print


Rose Pink, 1955
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


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