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Purple 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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Grzegorz Lerka, Meet, Print

Grzegorz Lerka

Meet, 2019
15 x 20.1 inch


Vitaliy Lishko, Portrait, Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Portrait, 2021
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch


Walasse Ting, Jardin exotique, Print

Walasse Ting

Jardin exotique, 1986
47.2 x 63 x 0.1 inch


D.Largo, Tango, Print


Tango, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Vision, Brandz, Print


Brandz, 2021
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Richard Orlinski, Raw ! Green, Print

Richard Orlinski

Raw ! Green, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Hugh Turvey, Genus Alcia, Print

Hugh Turvey

Genus Alcia, 2018
16.1 x 12 x 0.4 inch


Yrjö Edelmann, Under certain circumstances II, Print

Yrjö Edelmann

Under certain circumstances II, 2015
24 x 19.7 inch


Zena Blackwell, Winging It, Print

Zena Blackwell

Winging It, 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch


Larry Rivers, Diane Raised II, Print

Larry Rivers

Diane Raised II, 1970
20.5 x 29 x 0.1 inch


Charles Lapicque, Le blanc-bec, Print

Charles Lapicque

Le blanc-bec, 1967
15 x 11 inch


Ann Bridges, Heralds of Spring, Print

Ann Bridges

Heralds of Spring, 2019
16.5 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch


Anthony Quinn, Flag Series, Print

Anthony Quinn

Flag Series, 1984
11 x 8.5 x 0.1 inch


Richard Bernstein, Saturday Night on Planet X, Print

Richard Bernstein

Saturday Night on Planet X, 1977
20 x 30 inch


Jiang Tie-Feng, Four Songs of Spring (Four Artworks), Print

Jiang Tie-Feng

Four Songs of Spring (Four Artworks), 1999
47 x 48 inch


Gilles Barbier, Banana Head, Print

Gilles Barbier

Banana Head, 2018
29.5 x 41.3 inch


ARySQUE, Le chat, Print


Le chat, 2018
7.9 x 7.9 x 0 inch


Peter Chinovsky, Every Time They Tasted Something, Print

Peter Chinovsky

Every Time They Tasted Something, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Aldo Villa, Bouquet, Print

Aldo Villa

Bouquet, 1983
22.4 x 21.3 inch


Stephanie Rivet, Wonder, Print

Stephanie Rivet

Wonder, 2019
14.2 x 11 inch


Jean-Paul Cleren, Main heureuse, Print

Jean-Paul Cleren

Main heureuse, 1979
25.6 x 18.9 inch


Nicola Simbari, Red/Violet Landscape, Print

Nicola Simbari

Red/Violet Landscape, 1976
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Peggy-Lee Mensen, Love Butterflies, Print

Peggy-Lee Mensen

Love Butterflies, 2020
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Pahnl, Epiphany, Print


Epiphany, 2020
25.6 x 25.6 inch


Giulio Turcato, Globe, Print

Giulio Turcato

Globe, 1970
19.5 x 25.2 x 0.1 inch


Ben Eine, I am so happy very very happy, Print

Ben Eine

I am so happy very very happy, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Joy Austin, Tribute to Basquiat, Vassily Kandinsky, Matisse, Salvador Dalí, Obey, Banksy, Picasso, Print

Joy Austin

Tribute to Basquiat, Vassily Kandinsky, Matisse, Salvador Dalí, Obey, Banksy, Picasso, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Fritz Scholder, Flower at Giverney 1, Print

Fritz Scholder

Flower at Giverney 1, 1982
29.9 x 22 inch


Théo Lopez, D.I.M 3, Print

Théo Lopez

D.I.M 3, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 inch


Dadodu, After Michelangelo, Print


After Michelangelo, 2008
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Eugène Ionesco, Composition, Print

Eugène Ionesco

Composition, 1970
8.9 x 11 x 0 inch


Victor Debach, Purple Composition, Print

Victor Debach

Purple Composition, 1970
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Ernesto Romano, Royal Pink, Print

Ernesto Romano

Royal Pink, 2019
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.3 inch


Carybé (Héctor Julio Páride Bernabó), Composition pour les JO, Print

Carybé (Héctor Julio Páride Bernabó)

Composition pour les JO, 1992
35.4 x 24.8 inch


The Connor Brothers, The Honeymoon is Over, Print

The Connor Brothers

The Honeymoon is Over, 2017
18.9 x 13 inch


Salvatore Fiume, Salima, Print

Salvatore Fiume

Salima, 1980
14.4 x 22.4 x 0.1 inch


Pablo Serrano, Dialogue, Print

Pablo Serrano

Dialogue, 1986
22 x 29.9 inch


Elzo Durt, Pakito, Print

Elzo Durt

Pakito, 2015
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Tony Oursler, Ear-Worm, Print

Tony Oursler

Ear-Worm, 1976
24 x 18 inch


Pietro Consagra, Milano, Print

Pietro Consagra

Milano, 1972
19.7 x 25.6 x 0 inch


Antoni Muntadas, Fet a Barcelona, Print

Antoni Muntadas

Fet a Barcelona, 1977
29.9 x 22 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Willy Ramos, La Memoria del Color, Print

Willy Ramos

La Memoria del Color, 2001
19.7 x 26 inch


John Kacere, Composition pour les JO, Print

John Kacere

Composition pour les JO, 1992
35.4 x 23.6 inch


Eric Vernhes, Berck-Plage 1, Print

Eric Vernhes

Berck-Plage 1, 2013
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Zeno Giglietti, The Lounge, Print

Zeno Giglietti

The Lounge, 1970
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Alfredo Sosabravo, Athleticism, Original Lithograph by Alfredo Sosabravo, Print

Alfredo Sosabravo

Athleticism, Original Lithograph by Alfredo Sosabravo, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Sarah Fosse, The Shard, Print

Sarah Fosse

The Shard, 2017
28.3 x 16.5 x 1.6 inch


Gianluca Gambino (Tenia), Coniunctio Oppositorum, Print

Gianluca Gambino (Tenia)

Coniunctio Oppositorum, 2018
15.7 x 22 x 0.2 inch


Jean Pons, Réflexion, Print

Jean Pons

Réflexion, 1963
9.8 x 12.5 x 0.1 inch


Rebecca King, Tsim Sha Tsui, Print

Rebecca King

Tsim Sha Tsui, 2013
20.9 x 34.3 inch


Anatole Krasnyansky, Pierro with Doll, Print

Anatole Krasnyansky

Pierro with Doll, 1997
31.5 x 46 inch


Bengt Olson, Sans titre, Print

Bengt Olson

Sans titre, 1997
27.2 x 35.8 x 0 inch


Dadamaino, Untitled, Print


Untitled, 1973
25 x 23.6 x 0 inch


François Lork, Abstrait sans titre I, Print

François Lork

Abstrait sans titre I, 2018
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.4 inch


Evelyne Huet, Is this Love 1, Print

Evelyne Huet

Is this Love 1, 2015
23.2 x 16.5 x 1.6 inch


Batik, Cherry Kate, Print


Cherry Kate, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Alfred Jensen, 150 Years of Growth Great Neck Public Schools, Print

Alfred Jensen

150 Years of Growth Great Neck Public Schools, 1965
40 x 29 inch


Rafael Bogarin, Jupiter 4, Print

Rafael Bogarin

Jupiter 4, 1981
22.8 x 28.7 inch


Gaëlle Wagner, Diagonales Lavande et Rose, Print

Gaëlle Wagner

Diagonales Lavande et Rose, 2018
12.2 x 12.2 x 0.4 inch


Gerard Sala, Série 90. S.T. 2, Print

Gerard Sala

Série 90. S.T. 2, 1990
24.8 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch


Jack Beal, Solzhenitsyn, Print

Jack Beal

Solzhenitsyn, 1971
30 x 20 inch


Intemporal, Beyoncé & Jay-Z, Print


Beyoncé & Jay-Z, 2018
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.2 inch


Erich Brauer, From Vyngt Recits Hassidiques III, Print

Erich Brauer

From Vyngt Recits Hassidiques III, 1972
8.5 x 10 x 0.01 inch


Chad Keveny, Latin x Mika I, Print

Chad Keveny

Latin x Mika I, 2019
19.9 x 14.4 inch


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