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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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Alain Vaissière, Double Face, Print

Alain Vaissière

Double Face, 2021
45.3 x 45.3 x 0.4 inch


Juan Cordero, Back to black  Patriotic mess 1, Print

Juan Cordero

Back to black Patriotic mess 1, 2019
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch


Alain Mimouni, Brooklyn, Print

Alain Mimouni

Brooklyn, 2020
31.5 x 47.2 x 3.9 inch


Peter Klasen, Iron Couple, Print

Peter Klasen

Iron Couple, 2003
24 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch


Bze Bzeland, Amazonia, Print

Bze Bzeland

Amazonia, 2019
11.8 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Bruno Mallart, A pavane dorée, ramage dansant, Print

Bruno Mallart

A pavane dorée, ramage dansant, 2018
59.1 x 29.5 inch


Aaron, Stamp Steve McQueen, Print


Stamp Steve McQueen, 2018
23.6 x 21.7 x 0.4 inch


Yaniv Edery, Rolex Bart, Print

Yaniv Edery

Rolex Bart, 2021
31.9 x 24 x 1.4 inch


Katre, Porto perspectives, Print


Porto perspectives, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Hans Richter, Untitled, Print

Hans Richter

Untitled, 1971
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Philippe  Frisée, Lille, Print

Philippe Frisée

Lille, 2017
35.4 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch


Michelangelo Pistoletto, Olympic Balloons – Sarajevo 1984, Print

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Olympic Balloons – Sarajevo 1984, 1984
33.5 x 24.4 x 0 inch


Fabien Novarino, Pop BB, Print

Fabien Novarino

Pop BB, 2020
31.5 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch


Valentina Ratto, Ratla, Print

Valentina Ratto

Ratla, 2019
31.1 x 23.2 inch


Fernando Bryce, Portfolio INRA, Print

Fernando Bryce

Portfolio INRA, 2009
19.7 x 74.8 inch


Carole Chaix, La grande parade, Print

Carole Chaix

La grande parade, 2018
23.6 x 19.7 inch


Diederik Van Apple, The Nightwatch, Print

Diederik Van Apple

The Nightwatch, 2019
63 x 70.9 x 1.6 inch


Damien Hirst, Fruitful large, Print

Damien Hirst

Fruitful large, 2020
30.7 x 30.7 x 0.2 inch


Françoise Nielly, Bianca, Print

Françoise Nielly

Bianca, 2020
35.4 x 35.4 inch


Gerhard Richter, Cage P19-1, Print

Gerhard Richter

Cage P19-1, 2020
39.4 x 39.4 inch


Rose-Agathe Steiner, Twin Towers, Print

Rose-Agathe Steiner

Twin Towers, 2018
16.1 x 12.2 x 0.2 inch


Viviane Perez-Lorenzo, Paysage bassin, Print

Viviane Perez-Lorenzo

Paysage bassin, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Matteo Mauro, Air, Print

Matteo Mauro

Air, 2019
55.1 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch


Snik, We Are All Falling, Print


We Are All Falling, 2014
15 x 31 inch


François Benoit-Lison, Abstract 14, Print

François Benoit-Lison

Abstract 14, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Sara Zaher, Emoji Dose, Print

Sara Zaher

Emoji Dose, 2017
26 x 26 x 2 inch


Fabrice Ginero, Fuck legend, Print

Fabrice Ginero

Fuck legend, 2020
46.5 x 41.7 x 0.1 inch


Roman Koenig, Urbanisme en Fusion 1, Print

Roman Koenig

Urbanisme en Fusion 1, 2017
35.4 x 23.6 x 2 inch


Chuchin Gutierrez, Face #1, Print

Chuchin Gutierrez

Face #1, 2017
14.2 x 18.1 x 0.4 inch


Hervé  Perdriel, Indies, Print

Hervé Perdriel

Indies, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Richard Haas, Guggenheim Bilbao, Print

Richard Haas

Guggenheim Bilbao, 2000
22.5 x 15.5 inch


Sarah Fosse, The Shard, Print

Sarah Fosse

The Shard, 2017
28.3 x 16.5 x 1.6 inch


Our recommendations Ettore Sottsass, L'Altare, Print

Ettore Sottsass

L'Altare, 1974
29.5 x 21.7 inch


Benny Arte, Donald Duck, Print

Benny Arte

Donald Duck, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Kate Styler, Family N°1, Print

Kate Styler

Family N°1, 2018
28.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Warren Saré, Autoportrait, Print

Warren Saré

Autoportrait, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Renato Manzoni, My Tree, Print

Renato Manzoni

My Tree, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch

$3,288 $5,059

Cosmicg, Lolita Brune, Print


Lolita Brune, 2019
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch


Robin Austin, Blind passion, Print

Robin Austin

Blind passion, 2016
40.2 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch


Tran$parent, Golden Cheddar, Print


Golden Cheddar, 2019
24 x 58 x 1 inch


Desirée Patterson, Birch Trees, Print

Desirée Patterson

Birch Trees, 2020
36 x 68 x 2 inch

5,000 - $ 10,000

Joshua Jensen Nagle, Swimmers of Rio I, Print

Joshua Jensen Nagle

Swimmers of Rio I, 2019
55.1 x 58.3 x 2 inch


Jens-Christian Wittig, 'Framed Color Face More and More' Digital Painting, Female Face, Vibrant Colors, Print

Jens-Christian Wittig

'Framed Color Face More and More' Digital Painting, Female Face, Vibrant Colors, 2019
60 x 60 x 1 inch


ODN, Angelina Jolie, Print


Angelina Jolie, 2020
53.1 x 43.3 x 0.8 inch


Quayola, Iconographies #29 : Judith & Holofernes d'après Artemisia Gentileschi, Print


Iconographies #29 : Judith & Holofernes d'après Artemisia Gentileschi, 2015
22.8 x 16.5 x 0.2 inch


Jay Kelly, Built for Today, Print

Jay Kelly

Built for Today, 2019
50 x 40 x 2 inch

5,000 - $ 10,000

Karim Rashid, Blobular 3, Print

Karim Rashid

Blobular 3, 2010
30 x 42 inch


Duncan Wade, Battersea Bright Face, Print

Duncan Wade

Battersea Bright Face, 2020
33.1 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Devin Miles, Pablo, Print

Devin Miles

Pablo, 2019
39.4 x 59.1 x 2 inch


GK Austin II, Liquid Sky, Print

GK Austin II

Liquid Sky, 2018
60 x 40 x 1 inch


Eduardo Recife, A thousand times I searched for love, Print

Eduardo Recife

A thousand times I searched for love, 2018
44.1 x 29.9 x 1.6 inch


Peeta, Cotton Candie, Print


Cotton Candie, 2019
23.6 x 43.3 inch


Martin-Fréville, Série limitée rétro - Bugatti bleue, Print


Série limitée rétro - Bugatti bleue, 2017
27.6 x 28 x 0.8 inch


Shelley Dyer Gibbins, Oh My!, Print

Shelley Dyer Gibbins

Oh My!, 2019
23.6 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Richard Hambleton, Purple Shadow Heads, Print

Richard Hambleton

Purple Shadow Heads, 2014
19.7 x 50 x 0.1 inch


Michel Dewilde, Regard, Print

Michel Dewilde

Regard, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 2 inch


Daniela White, A View of the City from South Bank, Print

Daniela White

A View of the City from South Bank, 2017
23.6 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch


Alexandra Carr, Binary Glare, Print

Alexandra Carr

Binary Glare, 2017
16.5 x 23.4 x 1.2 inch


Alka, Crazy Stereo LV Noir Bleu Louis Vuitton, Print


Crazy Stereo LV Noir Bleu Louis Vuitton, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Olivier Lamboray, Cosmonaute Girl, Print

Olivier Lamboray

Cosmonaute Girl, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Carles Prat-Placis, Cherries III, Print

Carles Prat-Placis

Cherries III, 2018
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch


Zixidi, Paysage hivernal, Print


Paysage hivernal, 2020
27.6 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Corvengi, First love is like an aquarium, Print


First love is like an aquarium, 2020
43.3 x 53.1 inch


Arthur Coulon ( TonK ), Le roi du bonheur, Print

Arthur Coulon ( TonK )

Le roi du bonheur, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


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