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Paper 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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Atsuko Ishii, There's Melody, Print

Atsuko Ishii

There's Melody, 2021
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.2 inch


Daru, Business Plan?, Print


Business Plan?, 2021
39.4 x 24 x 0 inch


Kaixin Lyu, Falling Tide - Reproduction digigraphie, Print

Kaixin Lyu

Falling Tide - Reproduction digigraphie, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Philippe Achermann, Back in the USSR, Print

Philippe Achermann

Back in the USSR, 2021
9.4 x 7.1 x 0.2 inch


Our recommendations Egon Schiele, Nu au Miroir / A Nude Model Before a Mirror - 1910, Print

Egon Schiele

Nu au Miroir / A Nude Model Before a Mirror - 1910, 2007
22.8 x 17.7 inch


Richard Orlinski, Raw ! Green, Print

Richard Orlinski

Raw ! Green, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Gustav Klimt, La Danseuse de Cabaret / Liegender Mädchenakt nach links / Reclining female nude facing left - 1914, Print

Gustav Klimt

La Danseuse de Cabaret / Liegender Mädchenakt nach links / Reclining female nude facing left - 1914, 2012
21.3 x 27.2 inch


Sébastien Mérieau, Octopus, Print

Sébastien Mérieau

Octopus, 2019
13 x 9.8 inch


Our recommendations Kasimir Malevitch, Réalité peinte d'un joueur de football / Painterly Realism of a Football Player - 1915, Print

Kasimir Malevitch

Réalité peinte d'un joueur de football / Painterly Realism of a Football Player - 1915, 2018
35.4 x 24.2 inch


Yrjö Edelmann, Under certain circumstances II, Print

Yrjö Edelmann

Under certain circumstances II, 2015
24 x 19.7 inch


Shaka, Etude L. Freud, Print


Etude L. Freud, 2011
9.4 x 14 x 0.4 inch


Eduardo Chillida, Esku XXVIII, Print

Eduardo Chillida

Esku XXVIII, 1992
11.4 x 8.5 inch


Alberto Magnelli, Composition, Print

Alberto Magnelli

Composition, 1960
19 x 13 inch


James Coignard, Perturbation en O , Print

James Coignard

Perturbation en O , 2004
31.5 x 47.2 inch


Antoni Clavé, Papier froisse, Print

Antoni Clavé

Papier froisse, 1979
26 x 19.7 inch


Berenika Korecka-Sowinska, A Notebook (Cycle-XVII), Print

Berenika Korecka-Sowinska

A Notebook (Cycle-XVII), 2016
19.3 x 27.2 inch


León Ferrari, A un lado por la izquierda, Print

León Ferrari

A un lado por la izquierda, 2009
22 x 15 inch


Pejac, Love Letter, Print


Love Letter, 2018
6.3 x 10.2 x 0 inch


Antoine Graff, Monade, Print

Antoine Graff

Monade, 2020
20.9 x 16.1 x 3 inch


Casey Waterman, Red Ball, From the Series “Why This Restlessness?”, Print

Casey Waterman

Red Ball, From the Series “Why This Restlessness?”, 2018
40 x 50 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations Hans Bellmer, Untitled, Print

Hans Bellmer

Untitled, 1972
26 x 20 inch


Cezary Poniatowski, Creature XXXIII, Print

Cezary Poniatowski

Creature XXXIII, 2008
23.2 x 35 inch


David Batchelor, Chromoscape 1-10, Print

David Batchelor

Chromoscape 1-10, 2018
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Larry Zox, Grey Sweep I, Print

Larry Zox

Grey Sweep I, 1979
41.5 x 30 inch


Michael Craig-Martin, The Catalan Suite I - Shirt, Print

Michael Craig-Martin

The Catalan Suite I - Shirt, 2013
17.7 x 17.7 inch


Richard Texier, La mer ce soir, Print

Richard Texier

La mer ce soir, 1999
31.5 x 24.4 inch


Paul Laster, The Paris Bit, Transparent Tape and Print Media on Paper, Print

Paul Laster

The Paris Bit, Transparent Tape and Print Media on Paper, 1989
5.5 x 4 x 0.1 inch


Cécile Jaunet, Enchanté de vous connaitre mon écho, Print

Cécile Jaunet

Enchanté de vous connaitre mon écho, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch


Carmen Garcia, El barco, Print

Carmen Garcia

El barco, 2000
29.9 x 22 inch


Stefan Brüggemann, Portfolio Untitled (Joke & definition), Print

Stefan Brüggemann

Portfolio Untitled (Joke & definition), 2011
33.9 x 39 inch


Felicita Frai, Gemelle fiorite, Print

Felicita Frai

Gemelle fiorite, 1990
22.4 x 29.9 x 0 inch


David Beauchard (David B.), Mon Grand-Père sur le Front, Print

David Beauchard (David B.)

Mon Grand-Père sur le Front, 2017
25.6 x 31.5 inch


Jacob Kassay, Untitled 2/7 (Le Monde), Print

Jacob Kassay

Untitled 2/7 (Le Monde), 2013
20.5 x 27 inch


Pablo Palazuelo, Lunariae VI, Print

Pablo Palazuelo

Lunariae VI, 1972
26 x 20.5 inch


Sandra Gamarra, Los nuevos oradores I, Print

Sandra Gamarra

Los nuevos oradores I, 2010
11.8 x 16.1 inch


José Ángel Vincench, Exile, Print

José Ángel Vincench

Exile, 2019
51.2 x 102.4 x 0.8 inch


Carlos Kusnir, Sans titre, Print

Carlos Kusnir

Sans titre, 2015
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Mary Pupet, Friends, Print

Mary Pupet

Friends, 2016
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Virginie Barré, Sans titre, Print

Virginie Barré

Sans titre, 2015
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Geneviève Asse, Notes sur thème 1, Print

Geneviève Asse

Notes sur thème 1, 2014
8.7 x 5.1 inch


Jean Fautrier, Construction, Print

Jean Fautrier

Construction, 1962
22.4 x 30.3 inch


Joseph Beuys, Zirkulationszeit: Kopf H.B. , Print

Joseph Beuys

Zirkulationszeit: Kopf H.B. , 1982
17.7 x 13 inch


Tsuyu Bridwell, Captivation III, Print

Tsuyu Bridwell

Captivation III, 2015
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations Ken Done, Lemons and Clouds, Print

Ken Done

Lemons and Clouds, 2010
34.3 x 26 inch


Eusebio Sempere, Se13, Print

Eusebio Sempere

Se13, 1974
25.6 x 15.7 inch


Eskos, Eskos cash I, Print


Eskos cash I, 2019
3 x 7.1 x 0.1 inch


Dorothea Tanning, Composition 7, Print

Dorothea Tanning

Composition 7, 1971
16.9 x 12.6 inch


Hans Richter, Untitled, Print

Hans Richter

Untitled, 1973
19.5 x 13.7 x 0.1 inch


Raoul Ubac, Sans titre, Print

Raoul Ubac

Sans titre, 1972
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Zoran Music, Paysage, Print

Zoran Music

Paysage, 1973
19.7 x 25.6 inch


Kenneth Noland, Grey, Print

Kenneth Noland

Grey, 1990
17.3 x 25.6 inch


Antonin Anzil, Volubilis, Print

Antonin Anzil

Volubilis, 2016
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Akané Kirimura, BIOS-G-III, Print

Akané Kirimura

BIOS-G-III, 2014
31.5 x 23.6 inch


Josep Riera i Arago, 30 abril 2002, Print

Josep Riera i Arago

30 abril 2002, 2002
15 x 21.3 inch


Fritz Scholder, Flower at Giverney 1, Print

Fritz Scholder

Flower at Giverney 1, 1982
29.9 x 22 inch


Richard Prince, The Greeting Card Jokes #1: The Fireman, Print

Richard Prince

The Greeting Card Jokes #1: The Fireman, 2011
6.25 x 8.5 inch


Theodore Stravinsky, Dancer, Print

Theodore Stravinsky

Dancer, 1932
17.7 x 12.6 x 0 inch


Paz Borquez, Le défaut, un éloge III, Print

Paz Borquez

Le défaut, un éloge III, 2018
13 x 9.8 x 0 inch


Reinhoud d'Haese, 17 pour, Print

Reinhoud d'Haese

17 pour, 1970
26 x 18.9 inch


Robert Barry, Composition pour les JO, Print

Robert Barry

Composition pour les JO, 1992
24.8 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch


Antonio Calderara, Green Stripes, Print

Antonio Calderara

Green Stripes, 1978
8.5 x 8.5 x 0.1 inch


Jacques Herold, Composition, Print

Jacques Herold

Composition, 1970
25.8 x 19.7 inch


Our recommendations Nuria Mora, Untitled, Print

Nuria Mora

Untitled, 2015
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Constantin Terechkovitch, Dancers, Print

Constantin Terechkovitch

Dancers, 1930
15 x 22.4 x 0 inch


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