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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
Print

$885

Stéphan Art, Ayumi 2, Print

Stéphan Art

Ayumi 2, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,062

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
Print

$721

Brain Roy, Jimmy, Print

Brain Roy

Jimmy, 2021
31.5 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Print

$2,529

Alina Davidova, Hard Candy, Print

Alina Davidova

Hard Candy, 2021
29.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Print

$300

Bengt Olson, Sans titre, Print

Bengt Olson

Sans titre, 1997
27.2 x 35.8 x 0 inch
Print

$1,518

Zenoy, Estampe rehaussée, Print

Zenoy

Estampe rehaussée, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Print

$873

Man Ray, Une Cathédrale, Print

Man Ray

Une Cathédrale, 1968
14.8 x 11 x 0.2 inch
Print

$2,782

Stoul, Coffret Figure - Stoul, Print

Stoul

Coffret Figure - Stoul, 2014
13.6 x 10.8 inch
Print

$2,024

Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Résurgence, Print

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Résurgence, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,366

ARySQUE, Le chat, Print

ARySQUE

Le chat, 2018
7.9 x 7.9 x 0 inch
Print

$145

Serge Poliakoff, Orange And Bordeaux Composition, Print

Serge Poliakoff

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

$12,015

Jean Pons, Réflexion, Print

Jean Pons

Réflexion, 1963
9.8 x 12.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$379

Nicola Simbari, Red/Violet Landscape, Print

Nicola Simbari

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

$582

Momies, Lignes abstraites, Print

Momies

Lignes abstraites, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$202

Piero Dorazio, Kalithea, Print

Piero Dorazio

Kalithea, 1977
21.7 x 30.1 x 0 inch
Print

$860

Gilles Barbier, Banana Head, Print

Gilles Barbier

Banana Head, 2018
29.5 x 41.3 inch
Print

$1,897

Dadodu, Dark Composition, Print

Dadodu

Dark Composition, 2010
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$569

Eugène Ionesco, Composition, Print

Eugène Ionesco

Composition, 1970
8.9 x 11 x 0 inch
Print

$885

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
Print

$1,012

Chad Keveny, Latin x Mika I, Print

Chad Keveny

Latin x Mika I, 2019
19.9 x 14.4 inch
Print

$152

Pompeo Borra, Woman In Red, Print

Pompeo Borra

Woman In Red, 1973
13.1 x 9.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$291

Salvatore Fiume, Salima, Print

Salvatore Fiume

Salima, 1980
14.4 x 22.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$822

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
Print

$316

Pietro Consagra, Milano, Print

Pietro Consagra

Milano, 1972
19.7 x 25.6 x 0 inch
Print

$487

Zeno Giglietti, The Lounge, Print

Zeno Giglietti

The Lounge, 1970
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$582

Claudio Celli, Vulcan, Print

Claudio Celli

Vulcan, 1970
25.2 x 18.5 x 0 inch
Print

$417

Mel Ramos, Fantomas, Print

Mel Ramos

Fantomas, 2009
47 x 31.5 inch
Print

$3,950

Geneviève Claisse, Untitled II, Print

Geneviève Claisse

Untitled II, 1968
29 x 24 inch
Print

$950

Marabout, Luxury Raft N°2/9, Print

Marabout

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

$3,668

Osru, Skate / Poupée Russe, Print

Osru

Skate / Poupée Russe, 2019
37.4 x 13 inch
Print

$89

Soklak Elgato, LSDreams 01, Print

Soklak Elgato

LSDreams 01, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$379

Hugh Turvey, Genus Alcia, Print

Hugh Turvey

Genus Alcia, 2018
16.1 x 12 x 0.4 inch
Print

$883

Zena Blackwell, Winging It, Print

Zena Blackwell

Winging It, 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$81

Fritz Scholder, Flower at Giverney 1, Print

Fritz Scholder

Flower at Giverney 1, 1982
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$696

Natalia Rak, Midnight, Print

Natalia Rak

Midnight, 2015
18.1 x 13 inch
Print

$253

Théo Lopez, D.I.M 3, Print

Théo Lopez

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

$190

Ben Eine, Make Your Voice Heard, Print

Ben Eine

Make Your Voice Heard, 2019
29.5 x 29.5 inch
Print

$736

Lida Pshenichka, A woman with cigarette, Print

Lida Pshenichka

A woman with cigarette, 2021
43.3 x 34.6 inch
Print

$455 $506

Peggy-Lee Mensen, Love Butterflies, Print

Peggy-Lee Mensen

Love Butterflies, 2020
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Print

$1,581

Evelyne Huet, Is this Love 2, Print

Evelyne Huet

Is this Love 2, 2015
23.2 x 16.5 inch
Print

$4,300

Sarah Fosse, The Shard, Print

Sarah Fosse

The Shard, 2017
28.3 x 16.5 x 1.6 inch
Print

$876

Anthony Quinn, Flag Series, Print

Anthony Quinn

Flag Series, 1984
11 x 8.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,250

John Kacere, Composition pour les JO, Print

John Kacere

Composition pour les JO, 1992
35.4 x 23.6 inch
Print

$379

Richard Bernstein, Saturday Night on Planet X, Print

Richard Bernstein

Saturday Night on Planet X, 1977
20 x 30 inch
Print

$2,250

Chris Kidd, Rain In My Mind, Print

Chris Kidd

Rain In My Mind, 2015
10 x 8 inch
Print

$150

Franck Bouroullec, Lithographie Gainsbourg, Print

Franck Bouroullec

Lithographie Gainsbourg, 2012
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$316

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
Print

$379

Benet Rossell, Sans titre, Print

Benet Rossell

Sans titre, 1988
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$379

Antoni Muntadas, Fet a Barcelona, Print

Antoni Muntadas

Fet a Barcelona, 1977
29.9 x 22 x 0.4 inch
Print

$885

Devin Miles, Pablo, Print

Devin Miles

Pablo, 2019
39.4 x 59.1 x 2 inch
Print

$6,260

Ann Bridges, Heralds of Spring, Print

Ann Bridges

Heralds of Spring, 2019
16.5 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$920

Léonard Costello, Horizontalité, Print

Léonard Costello

Horizontalité, 2017
24.8 x 31.5 x 0 inch
Print

$3,668

Panamarenko, Thermo photovoltaic energy convertor, Print

Panamarenko

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

$3,668

Rebecca King, Tsim Sha Tsui, Print

Rebecca King

Tsim Sha Tsui, 2013
20.9 x 34.3 inch
Print

$515

Jean-Paul Cleren, Main heureuse, Print

Jean-Paul Cleren

Main heureuse, 1979
25.6 x 18.9 inch
Print

$164

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
Print

$1,100

Theodora Varnay Jones, 0-4, Print

Theodora Varnay Jones

0-4, 2010
14 x 11 inch
Print

$253

Our recommendations Willy Ramos, La Memoria del Color, Print

Willy Ramos

La Memoria del Color, 2001
19.7 x 26 inch
Print

$658

Romane Joncoeur, Kate Cœur, Print

Romane Joncoeur

Kate Cœur, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,518

Eric Vernhes, Berck-Plage 1, Print

Eric Vernhes

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

$1,391

Jack Beal, Solzhenitsyn, Print

Jack Beal

Solzhenitsyn, 1971
30 x 20 inch
Print

$700

Marko Echeverria, Immigré #2, Print

Marko Echeverria

Immigré #2, 2017
12 x 9 x 2 inch
Print

$6,324

David L-K, Ventriloque, Print

David L-K

Ventriloque, 2019
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Print

$1,265

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