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Pattern 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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Malgorzata Jenta-Dmitruk, My labyrinths, Print

Malgorzata Jenta-Dmitruk

My labyrinths, 2009
6.5 x 9.6 inch


Victor Vasarely, Harlequin Sportif, Print

Victor Vasarely

Harlequin Sportif, 1988
38.5 x 28.5 inch


César Baldaccini, Portrait de compression de drapeaux Français, Print

César Baldaccini

Portrait de compression de drapeaux Français, 1989
29.9 x 23.2 inch


Zenoy, Estampe rehaussée, Print


Estampe rehaussée, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Liu Bolin, Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes, Print

Liu Bolin

Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes, 2017
5.9 x 6.7 inch


Aiiroh, Spiderwoman, Print


Spiderwoman, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Kumi Sugaï, 95, Print

Kumi Sugaï

95, 1995
30.7 x 22.4 x 0.4 inch


Franck Noto a.k.a. Zest, Toy, Print

Franck Noto a.k.a. Zest

Toy, 2017
30.3 x 30.7 inch


Kan, London, Print


London, 2015
27.2 x 18.9 inch


Our recommendations Add Fuel, Home Street Home, épreuve d'artiste AP, Print

Add Fuel

Home Street Home, épreuve d'artiste AP, 2015
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch

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Zena Blackwell, Winging It, Print

Zena Blackwell

Winging It, 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch


Christian Silvain, Vol de nuit, Print

Christian Silvain

Vol de nuit, 1998
39.4 x 28.7 inch


Jan Pamula, A subway, Print

Jan Pamula

A subway, 1970
16.3 x 19.5 inch


Cryptik, Rumi, Print


Rumi, 2021
29.9 x 22 inch


Krzysztof Skórczewski, Spring's Holiday, Print

Krzysztof Skórczewski

Spring's Holiday, 2008
9.8 x 13.4 inch


Our recommendations Gianni Motti, Moneybox, Print

Gianni Motti

Moneybox, 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Our recommendations Ernest Trova, Boomerang, Print

Ernest Trova

Boomerang, 1970
24 x 24 inch


Chryssa, Series 6, Print


Series 6, 1979
34 x 32 inch


Guillaume Azoulay, It take’s two, Print

Guillaume Azoulay

It take’s two, 2017
27.75 x 35 inch


Martina Merlini, Untitled, Print

Martina Merlini

Untitled, 2017
16.5 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch


Monk, Camo Polar Bear, Print


Camo Polar Bear, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Mothi Limbu, Bagarre, Print

Mothi Limbu

Bagarre, 2011
37.8 x 52 inch


Danuta Dabrowska-Siemaszkiewicz, B. B. (Brigitte Bardot), Print

Danuta Dabrowska-Siemaszkiewicz

B. B. (Brigitte Bardot), 2012
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Janusz Akermann, That's her, my beloved one, Print

Janusz Akermann

That's her, my beloved one, 1996
24.8 x 36.4 inch


Thomas  Canto, Still Life Of Space Time, Print

Thomas Canto

Still Life Of Space Time, 2015
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Nicholas Krushenick, Grill, Print

Nicholas Krushenick

Grill, 1980
40 x 34 inch


Andrew Schoultz, Eye of Life, Print

Andrew Schoultz

Eye of Life, 2017
33.7 x 25.2 inch


San Zi, Pure Heart, Print

San Zi

Pure Heart, 2013
4.3 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Dalek, Sans-titre, Print


Sans-titre, 2017
18.1 x 24 x 0 inch


Sumit Mehndiratta, Occupy, Print

Sumit Mehndiratta

Occupy, 2018
32.7 x 50 x 0.8 inch


Anita Molinero, Le jour où le ciel a pissé des boues rouges, Print

Anita Molinero

Le jour où le ciel a pissé des boues rouges, 2018
14.8 x 43.3 x 0.8 inch


Aris, Aris, Print


Aris, 2017
16.5 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch


Sayed Haider Raza, Prakriti Bindu, Print

Sayed Haider Raza

Prakriti Bindu, 2008
43.3 x 21.7 x 0.4 inch


Stéphane Blanquet, Régulateur Altéré, Print

Stéphane Blanquet

Régulateur Altéré, 2016
24.8 x 37.2 inch


Stephen Maine, Pitched Planes 131, Print

Stephen Maine

Pitched Planes 131, 2004
24 x 18.9 inch


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

Stefan Brüggemann

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


Max Bill, Combillation, Print

Max Bill

Combillation, 1970
23.5 x 47 x 1.25 inch


Tellas, Lago, Print


Lago, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Kai and Sunny, Lots of Bits of Star / Série 2, Print

Kai and Sunny

Lots of Bits of Star / Série 2, 2014
16.5 x 11.8 inch


Our recommendations Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu, Banc de tournesols, Print

Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu

Banc de tournesols, 2021
22.3 x 33.5 x 0 inch


Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova, Poppies - digital still life, Print

Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova

Poppies - digital still life, 2004
53.1 x 118.1 x 0.1 inch


Lotario, Estro (a), Print


Estro (a), 2019
23.6 x 16.9 x 0 inch


Mark Fontaine, Fashion show@4, Print

Mark Fontaine

Fashion show@4, 2019
16.5 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Conrad Botes, Landscape I, Print

Conrad Botes

Landscape I, 2014
22.4 x 30.3 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


Sara Cao, Dung Beetles, Print

Sara Cao

Dung Beetles, 2013
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Kuru Art Project, Qauqaua, Print

Kuru Art Project

Qauqaua, 1996
11.4 x 10.6 x 1.2 inch


Camilla Falsini, Papillon, Print

Camilla Falsini

Papillon, 2019
18.1 x 14.6 inch


Our recommendations Damien Poulain, Love / Bois, Print

Damien Poulain

Love / Bois, 2019
12.6 x 9.4 inch


Pablo Palazuelo, Lunariae VI, Print

Pablo Palazuelo

Lunariae VI, 1972
26 x 20.5 inch


Man Ray, Untitled - 2, Print

Man Ray

Untitled - 2, 1975
19.3 x 13.6 inch


Kim Westcott, Blackboard, Print

Kim Westcott

Blackboard, 2000
35.4 x 28.3 inch


Massimo Agostinelli, Lonely Tylenol, Print

Massimo Agostinelli

Lonely Tylenol, 2014
49.25 x 63 inch


Our recommendations Emilio Pérez, After Genji, Print

Emilio Pérez

After Genji, 2017
27.6 x 118.1 inch


Tania Mouraud, WCYS ?, Print

Tania Mouraud

WCYS ?, 2015
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch


Valentina Ratto, Ratla, Print

Valentina Ratto

Ratla, 2019
31.1 x 23.2 inch


Socrate, Wild Style, Print


Wild Style, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Tsuyu Bridwell, Captivation III, Print

Tsuyu Bridwell

Captivation III, 2015
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Jackson Pollock, Untitled, CR1095 (after painting Number 22, CR344), Print

Jackson Pollock

Untitled, CR1095 (after painting Number 22, CR344), 1951
28.9 x 23 x 0 inch


Samuel Favarica, Chakras, Print

Samuel Favarica

Chakras, 2015
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch


Julien Colombier, Golden Flowers 2, Print

Julien Colombier

Golden Flowers 2, 2017
51.2 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch


Lottas, Viscera torácica, Print


Viscera torácica, 2014
23.6 x 15.7 inch


The Dotmaster, Indigo Gets Up, Print

The Dotmaster

Indigo Gets Up, 2021
35.4 x 13.8 inch


Our recommendations Hyo Myoung Kim, Portrait of Suits: Nicolas Sarkozy, Print

Hyo Myoung Kim

Portrait of Suits: Nicolas Sarkozy, 2011
39.4 x 26.4 inch


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