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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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Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Le Marin, Print

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Le Marin, 2021
23.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Steven Parrino, Black Flag, Print

Steven Parrino

Black Flag, 2003
16.5 x 47.2 x 2 inch


Pablo Picasso, Nature Morte au Pot de Grès, Print

Pablo Picasso

Nature Morte au Pot de Grès, 1947
19.7 x 25.6 x 0 inch


Atsuko Ishii, On a sunday, Print

Atsuko Ishii

On a sunday, 2020
8.3 x 5.9 x 0.2 inch


Our recommendations 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


Francis Bacon, Triptych 1987, Print

Francis Bacon

Triptych 1987, 1989
37.2 x 26.8 x 0 inch


Antonio Segui, Le bruit, les  sarcasmes, les sourires / Livre d'artiste / 6 gravures, Print

Antonio Segui

Le bruit, les sarcasmes, les sourires / Livre d'artiste / 6 gravures, 2014
15.7 x 14.8 inch


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, Repetitive sensations of Yves Klein Blue II., Print

Yrjö Edelmann

Repetitive sensations of Yves Klein Blue II., 2016
24 x 20.1 inch


Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Juego de signos, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Juego de signos, 1990
35.4 x 24.8 inch


Pejac, Love Letter, Print


Love Letter, 2018
6.3 x 10.2 x 0 inch


Luis Feito, Octubre IV, Print

Luis Feito

Octubre IV, 1989
41.3 x 29.5 inch


Jesús Perea, M420, Print

Jesús Perea

M420, 2018
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Lucio Fontana, White Incision, Print

Lucio Fontana

White Incision, 1967
25.2 x 18.9 x 0 inch


León Ferrari, A un lado por la izquierda, Print

León Ferrari

A un lado por la izquierda, 2009
22 x 15 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


Alberto Burri, Bianchi e Neri I (Acetates) - Plate C, Print

Alberto Burri

Bianchi e Neri I (Acetates) - Plate C, 1969
18.9 x 25.2 x 0 inch


Hans Richter, Untitled, Print

Hans Richter

Untitled, 1973
19.3 x 13.6 x 0.1 inch


Joe Tilson, Avebury, Sirius, Fire, Print

Joe Tilson

Avebury, Sirius, Fire, 1976
19.7 x 13.8 x 0.1 inch


Pierre Dmitrienko, Saisons II, Print

Pierre Dmitrienko

Saisons II, 1957
12 x 9.8 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


Nunzio Gulino, Il Colloquio (The Talk), Print

Nunzio Gulino

Il Colloquio (The Talk), 1967
20.5 x 17.3 x 0.1 inch


Francesco Barilli, American Canyon, Print

Francesco Barilli

American Canyon, 1980
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Theodore Stravinsky, Dancer, Print

Theodore Stravinsky

Dancer, 1932
17.7 x 12.6 x 0 inch


Marco Maggi, Turner Catalog: Complete Coverage on Eisenman (Wexner Center), Print

Marco Maggi

Turner Catalog: Complete Coverage on Eisenman (Wexner Center), 2011
11.7 x 8.3 inch


Pietro Carabellese, Catherine Wheel, Print

Pietro Carabellese

Catherine Wheel, 1970
25.4 x 18.3 x 0 inch


Massimo Bartolini, 145 hours, Print

Massimo Bartolini

145 hours, 2014
29.9 x 45.3 inch


Giuseppe Zigaina, Untitled, Print

Giuseppe Zigaina

Untitled, 1970
9.4 x 13 x 0.1 inch


Constantin Terechkovitch, Dancers, Print

Constantin Terechkovitch

Dancers, 1930
15 x 22.4 x 0 inch


David Batchelor, Chromoscape 1-10, Print

David Batchelor

Chromoscape 1-10, 2018
19.7 x 27.6 inch


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

Stefan Brüggemann

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


Mauro Reggiani, Composition, Print

Mauro Reggiani

Composition, 1972
18.1 x 18.1 x 0 inch


Renato Livi, Perspective III, Print

Renato Livi

Perspective III, 1971
25.2 x 18.9 x 0 inch


Jochen Gerner, Spreekwoorden, Print

Jochen Gerner

Spreekwoorden, 2017
17.3 x 19.8 inch


Virginie Barré, Sans titre, Print

Virginie Barré

Sans titre, 2015
27.6 x 19.7 inch


José Ángel Vincench, Exile, Print

José Ángel Vincench

Exile, 2019
51.2 x 102.4 x 0.8 inch


Philippe Achermann, Lion Chinois Imari, Print

Philippe Achermann

Lion Chinois Imari, 2020
9.4 x 7.1 inch


Mary Pupet, Friends, Print

Mary Pupet

Friends, 2016
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Carmen Garcia, El barco, Print

Carmen Garcia

El barco, 2000
29.9 x 22 inch


Pablo Palazuelo, Lunariae VI, Print

Pablo Palazuelo

Lunariae VI, 1972
26 x 20.5 inch


Carlos Kusnir, Sans titre, Print

Carlos Kusnir

Sans titre, 2015
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Eskos, Eskos cash I, Print


Eskos cash I, 2019
3 x 7.1 x 0.1 inch


Ken Done, Nasturtium, Print

Ken Done

Nasturtium, 2010
35.4 x 26 inch


Tsuyu Bridwell, Captivation III, Print

Tsuyu Bridwell

Captivation III, 2015
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Robert Rauschenberg, Features from Currents, #57, Print

Robert Rauschenberg

Features from Currents, #57, 1970
40 x 40 inch


So Youn Lee, Espririt, Print

So Youn Lee

Espririt, 2020
17.1 x 14 inch


Lorenzo Eroticolor, Lorenzo Eroticolor – Erotik, Venus in Furs, Print

Lorenzo Eroticolor

Lorenzo Eroticolor – Erotik, Venus in Furs, 2017
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Roberto Fonfria, Room Temperature- One of a kind Mixed Media on paper Framed, Print

Roberto Fonfria

Room Temperature- One of a kind Mixed Media on paper Framed, 2016
20 x 16 x 1 inch


Pedro Friedeberg, Day and Night, Print

Pedro Friedeberg

Day and Night, 1970
23 x 23 inch


André Hambourg, Composition, Print

André Hambourg

Composition, 1960
15 x 21.3 inch


Our recommendations Nuria Mora, Untitled, Print

Nuria Mora

Untitled, 2015
19.7 x 19.7 inch


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

Casey Waterman

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


Alberto Porta (Zush), Arte Para Curarte Sascape, Print

Alberto Porta (Zush)

Arte Para Curarte Sascape, 1994
16.9 x 12.6 inch


Dorothea Tanning, Composition 7, Print

Dorothea Tanning

Composition 7, 1971
16.9 x 12.6 inch


Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Flor, Print

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

Flor, 1996
29.9 x 22 inch


Faith Ringgold, Tar Beach #2, Print

Faith Ringgold

Tar Beach #2, 2003
39 x 37 x 1 inch


Leonor Fini, Le Concile d'Amour 8, Print

Leonor Fini

Le Concile d'Amour 8, 1972
25.8 x 20.1 inch


Floe, Sans titre, Print


Sans titre, 2018
19.3 x 11.7 x 0 inch


Larry Zox, Grey Sweep I, Print

Larry Zox

Grey Sweep I, 1979
41.5 x 30 inch


Kim Tschang-Yeul, Untitled, Print

Kim Tschang-Yeul

Untitled, 1996
29.1 x 21.3 inch


Yves Brayer, Chevaux en campagne, Print

Yves Brayer

Chevaux en campagne, 1972
25 x 21.3 inch


Kenneth Noland, Grey, Print

Kenneth Noland

Grey, 1990
17.3 x 25.6 inch


Julius Baltazar, Sans titre, Print

Julius Baltazar

Sans titre, 1994
17.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch


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