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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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André Masson, Hommage à Jean Cassou, Print

André Masson

Hommage à Jean Cassou, 1978
15.2 x 22.2 x 0 inch


Stéphan Art, Ayumi 2, Print

Stéphan Art

Ayumi 2, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch


Ernesto Romano, In the Eye of the Beholder, Ernesto, Print

Ernesto Romano

In the Eye of the Beholder, Ernesto, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.6 inch


Brain Roy, Jimmy, Print

Brain Roy

Jimmy, 2021
31.5 x 23.6 x 2 inch


Alina Davidova, Hard Candy, Print

Alina Davidova

Hard Candy, 2021
29.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Bengt Olson, Sans titre, Print

Bengt Olson

Sans titre, 1997
27.2 x 35.8 x 0 inch


Zenoy, Estampe rehaussée, Print


Estampe rehaussée, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Man Ray, Une Cathédrale, Print

Man Ray

Une Cathédrale, 1968
14.8 x 11 x 0.2 inch


Stoul, Coffret Figure - Stoul, Print


Coffret Figure - Stoul, 2014
13.6 x 10.8 inch


Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Résurgence, Print

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Résurgence, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 inch


ARySQUE, Le chat, Print


Le chat, 2018
7.9 x 7.9 x 0 inch


Serge Poliakoff, Orange And Bordeaux Composition, Print

Serge Poliakoff

Orange And Bordeaux Composition, 1963
25.2 x 29.9 x 0 inch


Jean Pons, Réflexion, Print

Jean Pons

Réflexion, 1963
9.8 x 12.5 x 0.1 inch


Nicola Simbari, Red/Violet Landscape, Print

Nicola Simbari

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


Momies, Lignes abstraites, Print


Lignes abstraites, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Piero Dorazio, Kalithea, Print

Piero Dorazio

Kalithea, 1977
21.7 x 30.1 x 0 inch


Gilles Barbier, Banana Head, Print

Gilles Barbier

Banana Head, 2018
29.5 x 41.3 inch


Dadodu, Dark Composition, Print


Dark Composition, 2010
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch


Eugène Ionesco, Composition, Print

Eugène Ionesco

Composition, 1970
8.9 x 11 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


Chad Keveny, Latin x Mika I, Print

Chad Keveny

Latin x Mika I, 2019
19.9 x 14.4 inch


Pompeo Borra, Woman In Red, Print

Pompeo Borra

Woman In Red, 1973
13.1 x 9.4 x 0.1 inch


Salvatore Fiume, Salima, Print

Salvatore Fiume

Salima, 1980
14.4 x 22.4 x 0.1 inch


Jacques Joachim Jean Rigal (J.J.J. Rigal), Banc De Leautaud, Print

Jacques Joachim Jean Rigal (J.J.J. Rigal)

Banc De Leautaud, 1970
15.1 x 10.9 x 0.1 inch


Pietro Consagra, Milano, Print

Pietro Consagra

Milano, 1972
19.7 x 25.6 x 0 inch


Zeno Giglietti, The Lounge, Print

Zeno Giglietti

The Lounge, 1970
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Claudio Celli, Vulcan, Print

Claudio Celli

Vulcan, 1970
25.2 x 18.5 x 0 inch


Mel Ramos, Fantomas, Print

Mel Ramos

Fantomas, 2009
47 x 31.5 inch


Geneviève Claisse, Untitled II, Print

Geneviève Claisse

Untitled II, 1968
29 x 24 inch


Marabout, Luxury Raft N°2/9, Print


Luxury Raft N°2/9, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 inch


Osru, Skate / Poupée Russe, Print


Skate / Poupée Russe, 2019
37.4 x 13 inch


Soklak Elgato, LSDreams 01, Print

Soklak Elgato

LSDreams 01, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Hugh Turvey, Genus Alcia, Print

Hugh Turvey

Genus Alcia, 2018
16.1 x 12 x 0.4 inch


Zena Blackwell, Winging It, Print

Zena Blackwell

Winging It, 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch


Fritz Scholder, Flower at Giverney 1, Print

Fritz Scholder

Flower at Giverney 1, 1982
29.9 x 22 inch


Natalia Rak, Midnight, Print

Natalia Rak

Midnight, 2015
18.1 x 13 inch


Théo Lopez, D.I.M 3, Print

Théo Lopez

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


Ben Eine, Make Your Voice Heard, Print

Ben Eine

Make Your Voice Heard, 2019
29.5 x 29.5 inch


Lida Pshenichka, A woman with cigarette, Print

Lida Pshenichka

A woman with cigarette, 2021
43.3 x 34.6 inch

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Peggy-Lee Mensen, Love Butterflies, Print

Peggy-Lee Mensen

Love Butterflies, 2020
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Evelyne Huet, Is this Love 2, Print

Evelyne Huet

Is this Love 2, 2015
23.2 x 16.5 inch


Sarah Fosse, The Shard, Print

Sarah Fosse

The Shard, 2017
28.3 x 16.5 x 1.6 inch


Anthony Quinn, Flag Series, Print

Anthony Quinn

Flag Series, 1984
11 x 8.5 x 0.1 inch


John Kacere, Composition pour les JO, Print

John Kacere

Composition pour les JO, 1992
35.4 x 23.6 inch


Richard Bernstein, Saturday Night on Planet X, Print

Richard Bernstein

Saturday Night on Planet X, 1977
20 x 30 inch


Chris Kidd, Rain In My Mind, Print

Chris Kidd

Rain In My Mind, 2015
10 x 8 inch


Franck Bouroullec, Lithographie Gainsbourg, Print

Franck Bouroullec

Lithographie Gainsbourg, 2012
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 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


Benet Rossell, Sans titre, Print

Benet Rossell

Sans titre, 1988
22 x 29.9 inch


Antoni Muntadas, Fet a Barcelona, Print

Antoni Muntadas

Fet a Barcelona, 1977
29.9 x 22 x 0.4 inch


Devin Miles, Pablo, Print

Devin Miles

Pablo, 2019
39.4 x 59.1 x 2 inch


Ann Bridges, Heralds of Spring, Print

Ann Bridges

Heralds of Spring, 2019
16.5 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch


Léonard Costello, Horizontalité, Print

Léonard Costello

Horizontalité, 2017
24.8 x 31.5 x 0 inch


Panamarenko, Thermo photovoltaic energy convertor, Print


Thermo photovoltaic energy convertor, 2001
28.3 x 20.5 x 0 inch


Rebecca King, Tsim Sha Tsui, Print

Rebecca King

Tsim Sha Tsui, 2013
20.9 x 34.3 inch


Jean-Paul Cleren, Main heureuse, Print

Jean-Paul Cleren

Main heureuse, 1979
25.6 x 18.9 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


Theodora Varnay Jones, 0-4, Print

Theodora Varnay Jones

0-4, 2010
14 x 11 inch


Our recommendations Willy Ramos, La Memoria del Color, Print

Willy Ramos

La Memoria del Color, 2001
19.7 x 26 inch


Romane Joncoeur, Kate Cœur, Print

Romane Joncoeur

Kate Cœur, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Eric Vernhes, Berck-Plage 1, Print

Eric Vernhes

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


Jack Beal, Solzhenitsyn, Print

Jack Beal

Solzhenitsyn, 1971
30 x 20 inch


Marko Echeverria, Immigré #2, Print

Marko Echeverria

Immigré #2, 2017
12 x 9 x 2 inch


David L-K, Ventriloque, Print

David L-K

Ventriloque, 2019
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch


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