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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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Benjamin II Vautier, Nature morte et parchemin rouge, Print

Benjamin II Vautier

Nature morte et parchemin rouge, 1926
16.1 x 12.9 x 0.2 inch
Print

$514

Aurélie Lafourcade, Mono Paysage, Print

Aurélie Lafourcade

Mono Paysage, 2019
24.4 x 18.1 inch
Print

$879

Sergio Cecchi, La place du Molard animée, Print

Sergio Cecchi

La place du Molard animée, 1953
31.9 x 23.8 x 0.8 inch
Print

$1,028

Jeremy Price, They Don't Serve 50 In Space, Print

Jeremy Price

They Don't Serve 50 In Space, 2019
20.1 x 16.1 x 0 inch
Print

$188

Rafael Barón, Besame mucho, Print

Rafael Barón

Besame mucho, 2020
9.8 x 9.8 x 0 inch
Print

$400

Emile Bressler, Nature morte aux roses dans un vase en verre, Print

Emile Bressler

Nature morte aux roses dans un vase en verre, 1940
15.9 x 13 x 0.8 inch
Print

$457

Andrew Cotton, The Basquiat, Print

Andrew Cotton

The Basquiat, 2018
60 x 50 x 1 inch
Print

$7,500

Ann Bridges, Heralds of Spring, Print

Ann Bridges

Heralds of Spring, 2019
16.5 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$905

Frédéric Dufaux, Campagne Genevoise, Print

Frédéric Dufaux

Campagne Genevoise, 1942
10.2 x 13.8 x 0.2 inch
Print

$2,114

OverSide, Audrey Hepburn - OverSide X Pierrick Allemand, Print

OverSide

Audrey Hepburn - OverSide X Pierrick Allemand, 2020
51.2 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Print

$5,024

Vitaliy Lishko, Grass (monotype), Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Grass (monotype), 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$314

Vitaliy Lishko, Shark (monotype), Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Shark (monotype), 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$314

Vitaliy Lishko, Grass (monotype), Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Grass (monotype), 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$314

Vitaliy Lishko, Portrait (monotype), Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Portrait (monotype), 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$314

Vitaliy Lishko, Crocodile (monotype), Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Crocodile (monotype), 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$314

Vitaliy Lishko, Crocodile (monotype), Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Crocodile (monotype), 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$314

Vitaliy Lishko, Portrait (monotype), Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Portrait (monotype), 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$251

Vitaliy Lishko, Black Sea, Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Black Sea, 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$251

Sanuj Birla, Fashion Victim Frida, Print

Sanuj Birla

Fashion Victim Frida, 2019
37 x 30 x 0.1 inch
Print

$500

Angu Walters, Welcome, Print

Angu Walters

Welcome, 2008
39.4 x 33.1 x 0.4 inch
Print

$200

Sanuj Birla, Fashion Victim Monroe, Print

Sanuj Birla

Fashion Victim Monroe, 2019
37 x 30 x 0.1 inch
Print

$500

Sanuj Birla, Fashion Victim Pablo, Print

Sanuj Birla

Fashion Victim Pablo, 2019
37 x 30 x 0.1 inch
Print

$500

Melinda Matyas, Hare in the flower garden - Linocut print, Print

Melinda Matyas

Hare in the flower garden - Linocut print, 2021
14.6 x 14.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$377

Melinda Matyas, The tree of life - Linocut print, Print

Melinda Matyas

The tree of life - Linocut print, 2021
11.6 x 8.9 x 0.1 inch
Print

$251

Our recommendations Javier Montesol, Horse Racing at Meydan, Print

Javier Montesol

Horse Racing at Meydan, 2020
24 x 24 x 0.1 inch
Print

$502

Rafael Barón, Macondo Social Club #2, Print

Rafael Barón

Macondo Social Club #2, 2020
9.8 x 9.8 x 0 inch
Print

$400

Javier Montesol, Toro y Torero en las Ventas, Print

Javier Montesol

Toro y Torero en las Ventas, 2020
24 x 34.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$502

Max Papeschi, Stalin - Eau de Parfum, Print

Max Papeschi

Stalin - Eau de Parfum, 2013
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Print

$2,512

Andrew Cotton, The Biggie, Print

Andrew Cotton

The Biggie, 2019
60 x 50 x 1 inch
Print

$7,500

Gernot Kissel, Sitting Halfnude, Print

Gernot Kissel

Sitting Halfnude, 2004
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$927

Gernot Kissel, Sitting woman in floral Dress, Print

Gernot Kissel

Sitting woman in floral Dress, 2004
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$869

Laurent Schkolnyk, Grenades, Print

Laurent Schkolnyk

Grenades, 2003
11 x 15 inch
Print

$314

Gernot Kissel, Black Stockings, Print

Gernot Kissel

Black Stockings, 2005
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$999

Andrew Cotton, The Haring, Print

Andrew Cotton

The Haring, 2018
60 x 50 x 1 inch
Print

$7,500

Ann Bridges, Princess and the Pea (Orange Circles), Print

Ann Bridges

Princess and the Pea (Orange Circles), 2019
20.5 x 20.5 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,086

Ann Bridges, Three Butterfly cakes, Print

Ann Bridges

Three Butterfly cakes, 2019
20.3 x 20.3 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,086

Ann Bridges, Ocean View, Print

Ann Bridges

Ocean View, 2019
20.9 x 28 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,810

Ann Bridges, Plenty More Fish in the Sea, Print

Ann Bridges

Plenty More Fish in the Sea, 2019
13.4 x 13.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$833

Ann Bridges, Lotus Pond No. One, Print

Ann Bridges

Lotus Pond No. One, 2019
30.7 x 40.6 x 1.2 inch
Print

$3,186

Ann Bridges, Buttons No. Two, Print

Ann Bridges

Buttons No. Two, 2019
20.5 x 20.5 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,086

Krzysztof Wieczorek, Nocturn or travelling by night, Print

Krzysztof Wieczorek

Nocturn or travelling by night, 2013
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$1,130

OverSide, Frida Kahlo - OverSide X Pierrick Allemand, Print

OverSide

Frida Kahlo - OverSide X Pierrick Allemand, 2020
51.2 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Print

$5,024

Aurélie Lafourcade, Mono songe, Print

Aurélie Lafourcade

Mono songe, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Print

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Vitaliy Lishko, Alligator (monotype), Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Alligator (monotype), 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

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Vitaliy Lishko, Shark (monotype), Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Shark (monotype), 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

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Thomas Godin, Dor al loar #Ruz, Print

Thomas Godin

Dor al loar #Ruz, 2020
29.5 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

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Marco Battaglini, Where the hell am I?, Print

Marco Battaglini

Where the hell am I?, 2017
43.3 x 72.8 inch
Print

$37,682

Krastyo Todorov–Ketza, Legend, Print

Krastyo Todorov–Ketza

Legend, 2020
31.5 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Print

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