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Metal 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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Katre, Porto perspectives, Print

Katre

Porto perspectives, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 inch
Print

$492

Andrew Schoultz, Eye of Life, Print

Andrew Schoultz

Eye of Life, 2017
33.7 x 25.2 inch
Print

$319

Nef, Dual Road, Print

Nef

Dual Road, 2018
8.2 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Print

$49

Massimo Bartolini, 287 hours, Print

Massimo Bartolini

287 hours, 2014
30.3 x 90.6 inch
Print

$2,216

Li Lihong, Mini Mickey China Ed. 2019 - Silver, Print

Li Lihong

Mini Mickey China Ed. 2019 - Silver, 2019
3.1 x 3.5 x 2.4 inch
Print

$246

Jean Dubuffet, L'homme au chapeau, Print

Jean Dubuffet

L'homme au chapeau, 1961
33 x 27 x 1 inch
Print

$25,000

Philippe Druillet, Itaï Ed. 2019 - Red, Print

Philippe Druillet

Itaï Ed. 2019 - Red, 2019
4.3 x 2.8 x 1.6 inch
Print

$308

Philippe Matine, Je t'aime, Print

Philippe Matine

Je t'aime, 2015
31.5 x 59.1 x 2 inch
Print

$553

Art Grafts, Fake News, Print

Art Grafts

Fake News, 2018
24 x 20 inch
Print

$985

Michael Wallner, Albert Bridge Sunset (window), Print

Michael Wallner

Albert Bridge Sunset (window), 2017
18.9 x 13 x 2 inch
Print

$1,594

Chuchin Gutierrez, Face #1, Print

Chuchin Gutierrez

Face #1, 2017
14.2 x 18.1 x 0.4 inch
Print

$308

Chantal Derderian-Christol, Soleil en fusion, Print

Chantal Derderian-Christol

Soleil en fusion, 2019
13 x 16.1 x 0 inch
Print

$98

Miguel Fructuoso, Mallorca, Print

Miguel Fructuoso

Mallorca, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 inch
Print

$1,108

Giò Pomodoro, Fossil, Print

Giò Pomodoro

Fossil, 1955
11 x 15 x 0.1 inch
Print

$431

Wayne Gonzales, Cars, Print

Wayne Gonzales

Cars, 2014
18 x 14 inch
Print

$700

Carlos Aires, Reflections in a Golden Eye III, Print

Carlos Aires

Reflections in a Golden Eye III, 2019
78.7 x 78.7 x 2.8 inch
Print

$36,925

Lucio Del Pezzo, Labirinth, Print

Lucio Del Pezzo

Labirinth, 1980
30.9 x 20.7 x 0 inch
Print

$492

Viktor Polson, Snake, Print

Viktor Polson

Snake, 2017
29.5 x 43.3 x 2 inch
Print

$2,216

Lorraine Thorne, Circle of Life Mono print series #1, Print

Lorraine Thorne

Circle of Life Mono print series #1, 2020
15.7 x 13.8 x 1.2 inch
Print

$471

Hulda Hákon, Beneath the Starlit Sky, Print

Hulda Hákon

Beneath the Starlit Sky, 2008
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$702

Miki Leal, A sangre fría III, Print

Miki Leal

A sangre fría III, 2007
15.4 x 12.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$462

Stéphane Gautier, Houba!, Print

Stéphane Gautier

Houba!, 2020
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$357

Stéphane Gautier, Wanted, Print

Stéphane Gautier

Wanted, 2020
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$357

Hervé Di Rosa, Visite en ville, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

Visite en ville, 2017
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$1,108

Hervé Di Rosa, Paris Vector 05, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

Paris Vector 05, 2010
26 x 44.1 inch
Print

$1,231

Our recommendations Paola Pivi, One cup of cappuccino then I go, Print

Paola Pivi

One cup of cappuccino then I go, 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$443

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Couleur Additive Gris Dos, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Couleur Additive Gris Dos, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

$8,616

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Couleur Additive Gris Cuatro, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Couleur Additive Gris Cuatro, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

$8,616

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Couleur Additive Gris Tres, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Couleur Additive Gris Tres, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

$8,616

Gavin Mitchell, Monster Book For Girls - Hand Finished Limited Edition (Medium Format), Print

Gavin Mitchell

Monster Book For Girls - Hand Finished Limited Edition (Medium Format), 2019
40.9 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$1,846

Gavin Mitchell, Rolling Stone - Hand Finished Limited Edition (Large Format), Print

Gavin Mitchell

Rolling Stone - Hand Finished Limited Edition (Large Format), 2019
55.1 x 37 x 0 inch
Print

$2,708

Gavin Mitchell, Triple Word Score - Hand Finished Limited Edition (Large Format), Print

Gavin Mitchell

Triple Word Score - Hand Finished Limited Edition (Large Format), 2019
37 x 55.1 x 0 inch
Print

$2,708

Vincent Sabatier, Chanel 4, Print

Vincent Sabatier

Chanel 4, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$276 $394

Vincent Sabatier, Block, Print

Vincent Sabatier

Block, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$241 $345

Death NYC, First Aid Spray, Print

Death NYC

First Aid Spray, 2013
17.7 x 12.6 x 0 inch
Print

$122

Death NYC, Girl Death Nude, Print

Death NYC

Girl Death Nude, 2015
17.7 x 12.6 x 0 inch
Print

$122

Bernard Louédin, Scorpion, Print

Bernard Louédin

Scorpion, 1999
11 x 7.9 x 0 inch
Print

$142

Bernard Louédin, Chronos, Print

Bernard Louédin

Chronos, 1990
16.9 x 13.8 x 0 inch
Print

$308

Joëlle Acoulon, 1er décembre 2019, Print

Joëlle Acoulon

1er décembre 2019, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Print

$837

Joëlle Acoulon, Sans titre, 29 octobre 2019, Print

Joëlle Acoulon

Sans titre, 29 octobre 2019, 2019
31.5 x 15.7 inch
Print

$591

Joëlle Acoulon, Sans titre, 1er avril 2018, Print

Joëlle Acoulon

Sans titre, 1er avril 2018, 2018
27.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

$837

Jana Lottenburger, L'autre forêt 8, Print

Jana Lottenburger

L'autre forêt 8, 2019
6.3 x 11 x 3.5 inch
Print

$394

Jana Lottenburger, L'autre forêt 7, Print

Jana Lottenburger

L'autre forêt 7, 2019
6.3 x 11 x 3.5 inch
Print

$394

Jana Lottenburger, L'autre forêt 6, Print

Jana Lottenburger

L'autre forêt 6, 2019
6.3 x 11 x 3.5 inch
Print

$394

Jana Lottenburger, L'autre forêt 5, Print

Jana Lottenburger

L'autre forêt 5, 2019
6.3 x 11 x 3.5 inch
Print

$394

Jana Lottenburger, L'autre forêt 4, Print

Jana Lottenburger

L'autre forêt 4, 2019
6.3 x 11 x 3.5 inch
Print

$394

Jana Lottenburger, L'autre forêt 3, Print

Jana Lottenburger

L'autre forêt 3, 2019
6.3 x 11 x 3.5 inch
Print

$394

Yves Hayat, Lame de fond Marilyn, Print

Yves Hayat

Lame de fond Marilyn, 2019
59.1 x 29.5 inch
Print

$7,385

Liliana Porter, To Fix It II, Print

Liliana Porter

To Fix It II, 2018
23 x 17.9 inch
Print

$2,462

Liliana Porter, To Fix It, Print

Liliana Porter

To Fix It, 2018
23 x 17.9 inch
Print

$2,462

Ghost Art, Dollar skull, Print

Ghost Art

Dollar skull, 2019
29.5 x 70.9 x 1.8 inch
Print

$4,800

Marie-Noëlle Deverre, Pulmo marinus 5, Print

Marie-Noëlle Deverre

Pulmo marinus 5, 2011
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$591

Xiaobai Su, Big Inkstone 4, Print

Xiaobai Su

Big Inkstone 4, 2018
29.9 x 30.3 inch
Print

$3,693

Our recommendations Xiaobai Su, Kuanhou-Summer, Print

Xiaobai Su

Kuanhou-Summer, 2015
24 x 22.3 inch
Print

$3,693

Xiaobai Su, Big Inkstone 2, Print

Xiaobai Su

Big Inkstone 2, 2016
29.9 x 30.3 inch
Print

$3,693

Blandine Galtier, Jusques au ciel, vers de plus hauts étages, Print

Blandine Galtier

Jusques au ciel, vers de plus hauts étages, 2019
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,046

Blandine Galtier, Piet & Marjan C, Print

Blandine Galtier

Piet & Marjan C, 2017
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$862

Blandine Galtier, Instant 12, Print

Blandine Galtier

Instant 12, 2016
25.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$431

Blandine Galtier, Instant 10, Print

Blandine Galtier

Instant 10, 2016
25.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$431

Blandine Galtier, Instant 9, Print

Blandine Galtier

Instant 9, 2016
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$800

Blandine Galtier, Instant 11, Print

Blandine Galtier

Instant 11, 2016
25.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$431

Antoni Tapies, Cordill, Print

Antoni Tapies

Cordill, 1971
30.7 x 23.6 inch
Print

$6,770

Hans Hartung, Farandole 7, Print

Hans Hartung

Farandole 7, 1971
19.3 x 29.1 inch
Print

$1,846

Jim Bird, Tribute to Vasarely 21, Print

Jim Bird

Tribute to Vasarely 21, 1972
26.8 x 26.8 inch
Print

$308

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