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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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Diederik Van Apple, Mona Li$a, Print

Diederik Van Apple

Mona Li$a, 2020
29.5 x 70.9 x 1.6 inch


Tehos, Bonnie and Clyde Soup, Print


Bonnie and Clyde Soup, 2020
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Eric Liot, Campbell's, Print

Eric Liot

Campbell's, 2019
15.7 x 12.6 x 1 inch


Paul Kostabi & Giuseppe Fortunato, KF0220, Print

Paul Kostabi & Giuseppe Fortunato

KF0220, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch


Fernand Greco, Danse - Hommage à Matisse, Print

Fernand Greco

Danse - Hommage à Matisse, 2021
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch


Sebastian Hoyos, Nice, sur la promenade des Anglais, Print

Sebastian Hoyos

Nice, sur la promenade des Anglais, 2021
19 x 13 x 0.4 inch


BASM, Dirty canvas, Print


Dirty canvas, 2020
33.1 x 23.2 x 0.4 inch


Bilos, Rêve Lucide, Print


Rêve Lucide, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch


Speedy Graphito, Love Therapy, Print

Speedy Graphito

Love Therapy, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Atsuko Ishii, On a sunday, Print

Atsuko Ishii

On a sunday, 2020
8.3 x 5.9 x 0.2 inch


Aiiroh, Troopers, Print


Troopers, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Sarah B., Pink Lips, Print

Sarah B.

Pink Lips, 2020
27.6 x 27.6 x 1 inch


Georges Braque, Si Je Mourais là-bas: one plate, Print

Georges Braque

Si Je Mourais là-bas: one plate, 1962
28.7 x 18.5 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Stoz, Tkv 300, Print


Tkv 300, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Shelby, Steve McQueen, Print


Steve McQueen, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Jeff Gillette, Goofy Slums, Print

Jeff Gillette

Goofy Slums, 2020
12 x 16 inch


Pablito Zago, The Seaty, Print

Pablito Zago

The Seaty, 2015
19.7 x 25.6 inch


Philippe Hérard, Cent regards 1, Print

Philippe Hérard

Cent regards 1, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 inch


Antoni Clavé, Abstract Composition, Print

Antoni Clavé

Abstract Composition, 1970
22 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch


André Cervera, Bacchus Angel, Print

André Cervera

Bacchus Angel, 2019
26 x 19.7 inch


Maxime Lhermet, Maxell, Print

Maxime Lhermet

Maxell, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Mister Pee, Crise d'arborescence, Print

Mister Pee

Crise d'arborescence, 2019
18.5 x 14.6 inch


Marcel Ceuppens, La Colombe, Print

Marcel Ceuppens

La Colombe, 2020
13 x 18.9 inch


Moolinex, Inculte futur, Print


Inculte futur, 2020
6.9 x 6.9 x 1.2 inch


Thibault Laget-Ro, Renaissance, Print

Thibault Laget-Ro

Renaissance, 2009
36.2 x 24.8 x 0.4 inch


Mario Radice, The Death of Lovers, Print

Mario Radice

The Death of Lovers, 1964
17.3 x 13 x 0.1 inch


Dadodu, Colored Composition, Print


Colored Composition, 2010
31.5 x 26 x 0.1 inch


Mario Padovan, Optical Composition, Print

Mario Padovan

Optical Composition, 1973
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Enrico Baj, Dame fleur, Print

Enrico Baj

Dame fleur, 1977
26.2 x 20.9 x 0.1 inch


Rafael Canogar, Pilón, Print

Rafael Canogar

Pilón, 2005
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Ennio Morlotti, Natural Landscape, Print

Ennio Morlotti

Natural Landscape, 1980
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Alexei Lantsev, L'île de Bréhat. Bretagne, Print

Alexei Lantsev

L'île de Bréhat. Bretagne, 2018
7.9 x 11 inch


Gianpistone, Abstract Colored Composition, Print


Abstract Colored Composition, 1970
27.8 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Joan Brossa, Rellotge de sol, Print

Joan Brossa

Rellotge de sol, 1989
24.4 x 19.7 inch


Domenico Cantatore, Sitting Woman, Print

Domenico Cantatore

Sitting Woman, 1980
23.4 x 17.5 x 0.1 inch


Léon Gischia, Abstract Composition, Print

Léon Gischia

Abstract Composition, 1970
13.6 x 9.8 x 0 inch


Skye Weinglass, Distance of Existence, Print

Skye Weinglass

Distance of Existence, 2018
9.4 x 6.3 x 0.1 inch


Trendafila Trendafilova, Romantic plants 1, Print

Trendafila Trendafilova

Romantic plants 1, 2019
11.8 x 16.5 x 0.1 inch


Tommaso Cascella, Waterpolo, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Tommaso Cascella

Waterpolo, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Toma Jankowski, Katma, Print

Toma Jankowski

Katma, 2013
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Clément Dezelus, The pool, Print

Clément Dezelus

The pool, 2016
27.6 x 47.2 x 2 inch


José Guerrero, Sin titulo I, Print

José Guerrero

Sin titulo I, 1990
24.4 x 17.7 inch


Pesh, Sans titre, Print


Sans titre, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Édouard Pignon, Sans titre, Print

Édouard Pignon

Sans titre, 1970
22.4 x 17.7 inch


Mariana Laín, Botas rojas, Print

Mariana Laín

Botas rojas, 2001
18.3 x 12.8 inch


Bosquetro Bosquetro, Danza y Poder / Dance and Power, Print

Bosquetro Bosquetro

Danza y Poder / Dance and Power, 2018
23.4 x 16.5 inch


Noah Borger, Gattica, Print

Noah Borger

Gattica, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Joseph Klibansky, Skies of Tomorrow, Print

Joseph Klibansky

Skies of Tomorrow, 2015
33.5 x 57.5 x 1.2 inch


Ibrahim Kodra, Robot, Print

Ibrahim Kodra

Robot, 1975
13 x 9.3 x 0.1 inch


Piero Pizzi Cannella, Little world map Rome Peking, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Piero Pizzi Cannella

Little world map Rome Peking, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch

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Osvaldo Peruzzi, Maritime Palio, Print

Osvaldo Peruzzi

Maritime Palio, 1989
29.5 x 22 x 0.1 inch


Maurilio Catalano, Gondola, Print

Maurilio Catalano

Gondola, 1970
18.9 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Priscilla Beccari, Femme porte-voix, Print

Priscilla Beccari

Femme porte-voix, 2018
13.4 x 10.2 inch


Ugo Nespolo, Deep Sea, Print

Ugo Nespolo

Deep Sea, 2008
13.8 x 13.8 x 0.1 inch


Bettino Craxi, The World, Print

Bettino Craxi

The World, 1994
16 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch


Luigi Gheno, Light Blue Composition, Print

Luigi Gheno

Light Blue Composition, 1972
19.8 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Mario Russo, The Actress, Print

Mario Russo

The Actress, 1988
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Antonio Scordia, Abstract Composition, Print

Antonio Scordia

Abstract Composition, 1980
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Sabine Finkenauer, Cube, Print

Sabine Finkenauer

Cube, 2016
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Benjamin SPaRK, Print on Paper hand signed by the artist limited on 20 pieces., Print

Benjamin SPaRK

Print on Paper hand signed by the artist limited on 20 pieces., 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch


Alain Ducros, Juggler, Print

Alain Ducros

Juggler, 1954
15 x 12.6 x 0.1 inch


Marcello Pirro, Birds, Print

Marcello Pirro

Birds, 1980
19.7 x 13.6 x 0.1 inch


Stéphane Pencréac’h, Le Rivage II, Print

Stéphane Pencréac’h

Le Rivage II, 2015
27.6 x 22.8 inch


René Mendes France, Flower Vase, Print

René Mendes France

Flower Vase, 1950
19.8 x 15 x 0.1 inch


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