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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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Shepard Fairey (Obey), Kiss Me Deadly, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Kiss Me Deadly, 2021
24 x 18.1 inch


Alexander Calder, La Fleur (The Flower), Print

Alexander Calder

La Fleur (The Flower), 1975
22.88 x 30.5 inch


Miss Tic, L'homme est un loup pour l'homme, Print

Miss Tic

L'homme est un loup pour l'homme, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Onemizer, L'histoire du ballon, Print


L'histoire du ballon, 2021
19.7 x 27.6 inch


André Saraiva, Mr. A Street Sign Skate Deck, Print

André Saraiva

Mr. A Street Sign Skate Deck, 2020
31.5 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch


Shiko Munakata, Femme 6, Print

Shiko Munakata

Femme 6, 2007
10.2 x 8.3 x 0.4 inch


Diederik Van Apple, Porsche express, Print

Diederik Van Apple

Porsche express, 2020
39.4 x 59.1 x 1.6 inch


Karel Appel, Regard vers l'infini, Print

Karel Appel

Regard vers l'infini, 1963
22 x 29.9 x 0.1 inch


Ben Frost, Happy helmet, Print

Ben Frost

Happy helmet, 2021
3 x 3 inch


Angelo Pioppo, Metamorphosis, Print

Angelo Pioppo

Metamorphosis, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Insane 51, Rise Up, Print

Insane 51

Rise Up, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Seize Happywallmaker, Metamorphokromatik3, Print

Seize Happywallmaker

Metamorphokromatik3, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Mikhail Chemiakine, Grand carnaval de Saint Pétersbourg, Print

Mikhail Chemiakine

Grand carnaval de Saint Pétersbourg, 1982
29.9 x 21.3 x 0.1 inch


Jayboost, The Glory Mask, Print


The Glory Mask, 2021
15.7 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch


Taroe, Dancing shapes, Print


Dancing shapes, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch


Sara Pope, Kiss Red, Print

Sara Pope

Kiss Red, 2020
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch


Yvan Philmer, Mariage parisien, Print

Yvan Philmer

Mariage parisien, 2021
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


YeS, 21/02/2020 - 5 rue Verneil, 75007 Paris, Print


21/02/2020 - 5 rue Verneil, 75007 Paris, 2020
10.8 x 8.9 inch


Moise Kisling, Bouquet de Fleurs, Print

Moise Kisling

Bouquet de Fleurs, 1975
29.5 x 21.5 x 0.1 inch


Vision, Brandz, Print


Brandz, 2021
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Veronika Benoni, Dream City II, Print

Veronika Benoni

Dream City II, 2020
11.8 x 15.7 inch


FeiFei Ruan, Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté, Print

FeiFei Ruan

Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté, 2019
35.6 x 23.8 inch


Joan Miró, Lithograph III, Print

Joan Miró

Lithograph III, 1972
14 x 21 inch


Philippe Geluck, Auto-tamponneuse, Print

Philippe Geluck

Auto-tamponneuse, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Philippe Huart, Crack, Print

Philippe Huart

Crack, 2010
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch


Antoine Josse, La potomanie du Rouge, Print

Antoine Josse

La potomanie du Rouge, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Wifredo Lam, Orsa Maggiore, Print

Wifredo Lam

Orsa Maggiore, 1975
31.5 x 25.5 inch


Cleon Peterson, Burning the dead red, Print

Cleon Peterson

Burning the dead red, 2016
16.9 x 43.3 inch


Alfons Borrell, Espais 3, Print

Alfons Borrell

Espais 3, 1990
22 x 29.9 inch


Yaacov Agam, Two Stars (Small) - Red/Yellow, Print

Yaacov Agam

Two Stars (Small) - Red/Yellow, 1991
4.3 x 4.5 inch


Menashe Kadishman, Homage to Millet, Print

Menashe Kadishman

Homage to Millet, 2000
35 x 25.5 inch


Piotre, Miniature 2, Print


Miniature 2, 2020
5.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 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


Our recommendations Andy Warhol, Black Bean from Campbell’s Soup I (FS.II.44), Print

Andy Warhol

Black Bean from Campbell’s Soup I (FS.II.44), 1968
35 x 23 inch

50,000 - $ 100,000

Costa, Abbey road, Print


Abbey road, 2016
22.8 x 35.4 inch


MadC, Yin and Yang, Print


Yin and Yang, 2019
29.9 x 22 inch


Mimmo Rotella, Marilyn, Print

Mimmo Rotella

Marilyn, 1979
37 x 30 inch


Our recommendations Keith Haring, The Story of Red and Blue, Print

Keith Haring

The Story of Red and Blue, 1989
16.5 x 13.5 inch


Zhana Mitkova, A Trip to Greece, Print

Zhana Mitkova

A Trip to Greece, 2020
11.8 x 15.7 inch


A.R. Penck, Kontrolle, Print

A.R. Penck

Kontrolle, 1991
41.7 x 29.9 inch


Viviane Perez-Lorenzo, Paysage bassin, Print

Viviane Perez-Lorenzo

Paysage bassin, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Taki 183, I Heart NY: Red Edition, Print

Taki 183

I Heart NY: Red Edition, 2021
20.1 x 20.1 inch


Jesús-Rafael Soto, Ovalo Rojo, Print

Jesús-Rafael Soto

Ovalo Rojo, 1980
22 x 30 inch


Manolo Valdés, Mariana con Abanico, Print

Manolo Valdés

Mariana con Abanico, 1984
19.7 x 13.8 inch


Fabien Verschaere, Me versus me, Print

Fabien Verschaere

Me versus me, 2012
11.8 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch


Alain Vaissière, L'explorateur, Print

Alain Vaissière

L'explorateur, 2021
45.3 x 45.3 x 0.4 inch


Rafael Canogar, Sitial, Print

Rafael Canogar

Sitial, 2003
29.9 x 22 inch


Lowell Nesbitt, Iris, Print

Lowell Nesbitt

Iris, 1981
36 x 24.75 inch


Kelly Vincent, The Ruralist vs Mario, Print

Kelly Vincent

The Ruralist vs Mario, 2020
20.5 x 30.3 x 0.4 inch


Adrian Marden, Pills, Print

Adrian Marden

Pills, 2019
33.1 x 23.4 x 0.4 inch


Guillaume Azoulay, It take’s two, Print

Guillaume Azoulay

It take’s two, 2017
27.75 x 35 inch


Romare Bearden, Louisiana Serenade, Print

Romare Bearden

Louisiana Serenade, 1979
24.5 x 34.75 inch


Jowita Wallner, Agrotourism, Print

Jowita Wallner

Agrotourism, 2002
27.6 x 39.4 inch


André Verdet, Untitled, Print

André Verdet

Untitled, 1970
19.5 x 15 inch


Richard Anuszkiewicz, Summer Suite (Red with Gold IV), Print

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Summer Suite (Red with Gold IV), 1979
21.5 x 21.5 inch


Henri Goetz, Sans titre I, Print

Henri Goetz

Sans titre I, 1980
10.2 x 7.5 inch


Chamizo, Marilyn, Print


Marilyn, 1980
35.4 x 23.6 inch


Maria Qamar, Party, Print

Maria Qamar

Party, 2020
40 x 30 inch


Mothi Limbu, Bagarre, Print

Mothi Limbu

Bagarre, 2011
37.8 x 52 inch


Yanko Tihov, Europe 1920s, Print

Yanko Tihov

Europe 1920s, 2018
24 x 33 x 0.2 inch


Carl-Henning Pedersen, Le plus beau cadeau, Print

Carl-Henning Pedersen

Le plus beau cadeau, 1994
25.2 x 18.1 inch


Frédéric de Torcy, Dino, Print

Frédéric de Torcy

Dino, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Itzchak Tarkay, Sisters, Print

Itzchak Tarkay

Sisters, 2000
11.25 x 11.75 inch


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