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Mosaic 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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Kan, London, Print

Kan

London, 2015
27.2 x 18.9 inch
Print

$653

Achille Perilli, Ratio, Print

Achille Perilli

Ratio, 1970
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$705

Marino Rosa, Post-it (1), Print

Marino Rosa

Post-it (1), 2019
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Print

$182

Stephen Cimini, Limited Edition Archival pigment print, Print

Stephen Cimini

Limited Edition Archival pigment print, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 0 inch
Print

$972

Kent Wahlbeck, Figures and Bowl, Print

Kent Wahlbeck

Figures and Bowl, 2015
21.7 x 26.2 x 0 inch
Print

$608

Nicolas Daubanes, Calepinage, prison de Montluc à Lyon, Print

Nicolas Daubanes

Calepinage, prison de Montluc à Lyon, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$304

Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled, 1980
30.7 x 29.9 inch
Print

$3,646

Victor Vasarely, Harlequin Sportif, Print

Victor Vasarely

Harlequin Sportif, 1988
38.5 x 28.5 inch
Print

$1,500

Mario Radice, Beauty (La Bellezza), Print

Mario Radice

Beauty (La Bellezza), 1964
13 x 17.3 x 0.1 inch
Print

$365

Pierre Muckensturm, 183C23041, Print

Pierre Muckensturm

183C23041, 2018
19.9 x 59.6 inch
Print

$1,776

Xiaobai Su, Intellectual Aristocracy, Print

Xiaobai Su

Intellectual Aristocracy, 2013
17.7 x 38.2 inch
Print

$2,188

Jean-Luc Moulène, Boîte, Print

Jean-Luc Moulène

Boîte, 2018
31 x 21.2 inch
Print

$3,039

Ghost Art, Time Is Money, Print

Ghost Art

Time Is Money, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Print

$4,740

Francisco Nicolás, Green mountain, Print

Francisco Nicolás

Green mountain, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$176

Thomas Dellert, X girls, Print

Thomas Dellert

X girls, 2014
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Print

$729

Akané Kirimura, Appearance-I, Print

Akané Kirimura

Appearance-I, 2017
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$267

Joanna Wiszniewska Domanska, An unwritten letter, Print

Joanna Wiszniewska Domanska

An unwritten letter, 2014
5.5 x 8.3 inch
Print

$255

Raoul Ubac, Deux labours empreinte ardoise, Print

Raoul Ubac

Deux labours empreinte ardoise, 1977
18.5 x 24.4 inch
Print

$2,188

Sayed Haider Raza, Morning Raga, Print

Sayed Haider Raza

Morning Raga, 2007
28.7 x 36.2 inch
Print

$972

Sayed Haider Raza, Dualité, Print

Sayed Haider Raza

Dualité, 2008
43.3 x 21.7 inch
Print

$972

Robin Austin, Your Majesty. Mick Jagger, Print

Robin Austin

Your Majesty. Mick Jagger, 2016
50 x 40 x 1 inch
Print

$10,000

Kenneth Noland, Marron, Print

Kenneth Noland

Marron, 1990
15.7 x 23.2 inch
Print

$3,039

Robin Austin, The Beatles, Print

Robin Austin

The Beatles, 2015
40 x 63 inch
Print

$12,155

Chuck Close, Self Portrait, Print

Chuck Close

Self Portrait, 2007
38 x 30 inch
Print

$25,000

Mick Finch, Constellation, suite 11,12,13,14,15,16, Print

Mick Finch

Constellation, suite 11,12,13,14,15,16, 2011
47.6 x 50.8 inch
Print

$2,431

Nadia Myre, Temporal, Print

Nadia Myre

Temporal, 2012
44.1 x 44.1 x 0.8 inch
Print

$6,685

Nadia Myre, Spiritual, Print

Nadia Myre

Spiritual, 2012
44.1 x 44.1 x 0.8 inch
Print

$6,685

Nadia Myre, Material, Print

Nadia Myre

Material, 2012
44.1 x 44.1 x 0.8 inch
Print

$6,685

Nadia Myre, Cultural, Print

Nadia Myre

Cultural, 2012
44.1 x 44.1 x 0.8 inch
Print

$6,685

Nadia Myre, Celestial, Print

Nadia Myre

Celestial, 2012
44.1 x 44.1 x 0.8 inch
Print

$6,685

Nadia Myre, Philosophical, Print

Nadia Myre

Philosophical, 2012
44.1 x 44.1 x 0.8 inch
Print

$6,685

Nadia Myre, Geographical, Print

Nadia Myre

Geographical, 2012
33.5 x 33.5 x 0.8 inch
Print

$6,685

Nadia Myre, Geographical, Print

Nadia Myre

Geographical, 2012
44.1 x 44.1 x 0.8 inch
Print

$6,685

Nadia Myre, Political, Print

Nadia Myre

Political, 2012
44.1 x 44.1 x 0.8 inch
Print

$6,685

Manuel Avellaneda, Banco y Fruta, Print

Manuel Avellaneda

Banco y Fruta, 2003
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$632

Invader, IK 18 - L.A. 2018, Print

Invader

IK 18 - L.A. 2018, 2018
8.1 x 11.1 x 0.4 inch
Print

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Victor Vasarely, Tennis Player, Print

Victor Vasarely

Tennis Player, 1987
13.4 x 9.8 x 0 inch
Print

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Robin Austin, Your Majesty. Mick Jagger, Print

Robin Austin

Your Majesty. Mick Jagger, 2016
50 x 40 x 1 inch
Print

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Sergi Aguilar, AG 2, Print

Sergi Aguilar

AG 2, 1984
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

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Robert Combas, L'homme jaune, Print

Robert Combas

L'homme jaune, 1990
41.3 x 33.5 inch
Print

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