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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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Our recommendations Takashi Murakami, Kyoto: Korin, Print

Takashi Murakami

Kyoto: Korin, 2020
30 x 28.3 inch
Print

$3,423

Our recommendations Chiho Aoshima, Hot Spring, Print

Chiho Aoshima

Hot Spring, 2005
26.8 x 26.8 inch
Print

$1,586

Madsaki, Enter the Dragon II (inspired by Robert Clouse), Print

Madsaki

Enter the Dragon II (inspired by Robert Clouse), 2020
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Print

$2,172

Guido Crepax, From Valentina to O, Print

Guido Crepax

From Valentina to O, 1976
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

< $ 2,500

Our recommendations Julian Schnabel, Mys Sosunova to Mys Peschanny, Print

Julian Schnabel

Mys Sosunova to Mys Peschanny, 2010
39 x 28.7 inch
Print

$2,512

Bang Hai Ja, Danse de Lumière (sérigraphie), Print

Bang Hai Ja

Danse de Lumière (sérigraphie), 2015
24.6 x 24.6 x 0.2 inch
Print

$3,140

Our recommendations Anish Kapoor, Breathing Blue, Print

Anish Kapoor

Breathing Blue, 2020
11.8 x 16.5 x 0 inch
Print

$3,983

Tomadee, A walk on the beach, Print

Tomadee

A walk on the beach, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$239

Claes Oldenburg, Fagends Carved in Rock, Fagend Canyon (Axsom and Platzker 137), Print

Claes Oldenburg

Fagends Carved in Rock, Fagend Canyon (Axsom and Platzker 137), 1975
38 x 22 inch
Print

$4,500

Rosie Emerson, Ophelia #4, Print

Rosie Emerson

Ophelia #4, 2012
29.5 x 21.7 inch
Print

$2,449

Hannah Collins, Still life, Print

Hannah Collins

Still life, 1992
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$1,130

Philippe Perrin, Tommy Gun, Print

Philippe Perrin

Tommy Gun, 2008
63 x 47.2 x 0.1 inch
Print

$3,140

Our recommendations Hijack, The Ocean is Always Bluer On the Other Side, Print

Hijack

The Ocean is Always Bluer On the Other Side, 2019
14 x 24 inch
Print

$950

David Nash, Roland Garros French Open, Print

David Nash

Roland Garros French Open, 2013
31.5 x 23.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$250

Simon Karczmar, Sans Titre, Print

Simon Karczmar

Sans Titre, 1960
9.3 x 7.3 x 0.4 inch
Print

$816

Chris Britz, Matt Lothar, Print

Chris Britz

Matt Lothar, 2008
33 x 23 inch
Print

$249

Rolf Saint-Agnès, Drôle de ville, Print

Rolf Saint-Agnès

Drôle de ville, 1992
24 x 36 x 0.1 inch
Print

$188

Dorothea Rockburne, Mozart and Mozart Upside Down and Backward, Print

Dorothea Rockburne

Mozart and Mozart Upside Down and Backward, 1993
36.5 x 45.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$2,500

Tommy Motswai, Happy Fathers Day, Print

Tommy Motswai

Happy Fathers Day, 1980
29 x 20 x 1 inch
Print

$95

Nalini Malani, Roland Garros  French Open, Print

Nalini Malani

Roland Garros French Open, 2010
31 x 23 inch
Print

$900

Alexander Liberman, Amnesty International, Print

Alexander Liberman

Amnesty International, 1976
33 x 25 inch
Print

$1,800

Cotten/Prince, From Art Sounds Portfolio, Print

Cotten/Prince

From Art Sounds Portfolio, 1986
12 x 12 inch
Print

$250

Donald Lipski, Roland Garros French Open, Print

Donald Lipski

Roland Garros French Open, 1995
30 x 22 inch
Print

$700

Jo Cappitta, Ride the best, Print

Jo Cappitta

Ride the best, 2019
46.9 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Print

$1,130

Madame Moustache, Parce qu'à apprivoiser les autres..., Print

Madame Moustache

Parce qu'à apprivoiser les autres..., 2016
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Print

$226

Josep Francés, Adriana, Print

Josep Francés

Adriana, 2012
17.3 x 12.2 x 0.4 inch
Print

$283

Jeremy Deller, Thank God For Immigrants, Print

Jeremy Deller

Thank God For Immigrants, 2020
23.4 x 16.5 x 0 inch
Print

$1,810

Franz Eggenschwiler, Schweiz Babylon, Print

Franz Eggenschwiler

Schweiz Babylon, 1970
19.7 x 25.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$628

Takashi Murakami, Korin Courtly: Elegance, Print

Takashi Murakami

Korin Courtly: Elegance, 2020
30.1 x 28.3 inch
Print

$2,534

Takashi Murakami, An Homage to IKB Blue 1957 F, Print

Takashi Murakami

An Homage to IKB Blue 1957 F, 2020
27.2 x 20.9 inch
Print

$2,824

Our recommendations Takashi Murakami, Acupuncture Painting (Terre Verte),, Print

Takashi Murakami

Acupuncture Painting (Terre Verte),, 2006
26.8 x 26.8 inch
Print

$1,507

Our recommendations Takashi Murakami, and then, and then and then (red), Print

Takashi Murakami

and then, and then and then (red), 2006
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,261

Takashi Murakami, Time Bokan - black + moss green, Print

Takashi Murakami

Time Bokan - black + moss green, 2006
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,261

Takashi Murakami, Celestial Flowers, Print

Takashi Murakami

Celestial Flowers, 2020
28 x 28 inch
Print

$5,338

Takashi Murakami, Panda with Panda Cubs, Print

Takashi Murakami

Panda with Panda Cubs, 2019
28 x 28 inch
Print

$5,338

Our recommendations Takashi Murakami, Flowerball (Koi Red-crowned Crane Vermilion), Print

Takashi Murakami

Flowerball (Koi Red-crowned Crane Vermilion), 2017
28 x 28 inch
Print

$3,621

Our recommendations Takashi Murakami, Homage to Francis Bacon, Study for Head of Isabel Rawsthorne and George Dyer (2 Prints), Print

Takashi Murakami

Homage to Francis Bacon, Study for Head of Isabel Rawsthorne and George Dyer (2 Prints), 2016
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$5,786

Our recommendations Takashi Murakami, Time Bokan-Pink, Print

Takashi Murakami

Time Bokan-Pink, 2006
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,261

Our recommendations Takashi Murakami, Time Bokan - Missing in the Eyes - Red, Print

Takashi Murakami

Time Bokan - Missing in the Eyes - Red, 2001
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,261

Takashi Murakami, Time Bokan - blue, Print

Takashi Murakami

Time Bokan - blue, 2006
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,261

Takashi Murakami, Doraemon, Let’s Go Beyond These Dimensions on a Time Machine with Master Fujiko F Fujio!, Print

Takashi Murakami

Doraemon, Let’s Go Beyond These Dimensions on a Time Machine with Master Fujiko F Fujio!, 2020
25.8 x 22.6 inch
Print

$2,172

Takashi Murakami, Doraemon: So Much Fun, Under the Blue Sky, Print

Takashi Murakami

Doraemon: So Much Fun, Under the Blue Sky, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

$2,172

Our recommendations Levalet, Pansées, Print

Levalet

Pansées, 2015
36.2 x 25.6 inch
Print

$314

Our recommendations François Schuiten, La Type 12 - Le pont, Print

François Schuiten

La Type 12 - Le pont, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$126

François Schuiten, La Type 12 - Dans les ruines, Print

François Schuiten

La Type 12 - Dans les ruines, 2005
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$126

François Schuiten, Le dernier Pharaon - Planche p13, Print

François Schuiten

Le dernier Pharaon - Planche p13, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$126

François Schuiten, Révolution bande dessinée, Print

François Schuiten

Révolution bande dessinée, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$126

Our recommendations François Schuiten, Paris, Les Halles, La nuit, Print

François Schuiten

Paris, Les Halles, La nuit, 2012
31.5 x 19.7 inch
Print

$163

François Schuiten, Paris, Les Halles, Le jour, Print

François Schuiten

Paris, Les Halles, Le jour, 2012
31.5 x 19.7 inch
Print

$163

François Schuiten, De Brüsel à Lozan, Print

François Schuiten

De Brüsel à Lozan, 1993
25.2 x 16.5 inch
Print

$151

Takashi Murakami, !N-CHA!, Print

Takashi Murakami

!N-CHA!, 1999
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$3,391

Takashi Murakami, This World and the World Beyond, Print

Takashi Murakami

This World and the World Beyond, 2013
26.8 x 26.8 inch
Print

$3,266

Takashi Murakami, Treasure Island, Print

Takashi Murakami

Treasure Island, 2009
34.3 x 26.8 inch
Print

$3,140

Takashi Murakami, And then Ichimatsu Pattern, Print

Takashi Murakami

And then Ichimatsu Pattern, 2006
26.8 x 26.8 inch
Print

$3,517

Takashi Murakami, Kansei: Fresh Blood, Print

Takashi Murakami

Kansei: Fresh Blood, 2016
28 x 28 inch
Print

$3,950

Takashi Murakami, Murakami Offset Print - Dokuro Yellow, Print

Takashi Murakami

Murakami Offset Print - Dokuro Yellow, 2000
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$3,500

Takashi Murakami, We Are the Jocular Clan 10set, Print

Takashi Murakami

We Are the Jocular Clan 10set, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$15,073

Our recommendations Takashi Murakami, Infinity, Print

Takashi Murakami

Infinity, 2008
32.7 x 25.6 inch
Print

$3,140

Takashi Murakami, Genome No.107×2122, Print

Takashi Murakami

Genome No.107×2122, 2010
34.3 x 26.8 inch
Print

$2,763

Takashi Murakami, NGC2371-2, Print

Takashi Murakami

NGC2371-2, 2009
34.3 x 26.8 inch
Print

$2,763

Takashi Murakami, Korin: Superstring Theory, Print

Takashi Murakami

Korin: Superstring Theory, 2015
28 x 28 inch
Print

$3,950

Takashi Murakami, Time Bokan - Camouflage pink, Print

Takashi Murakami

Time Bokan - Camouflage pink, 2009
19.6 x 19.6 inch
Print

$2,512

Takashi Murakami, Pink time, Print

Takashi Murakami

Pink time, 2008
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,387

Takashi Murakami, Time Bokan, Print

Takashi Murakami

Time Bokan, 2006
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,387

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