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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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Hom Nguyen, Human, Print

Hom Nguyen

Human, 2020
48 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch

2,500 - $ 5,000

Victor Vasarely, Laika, Print

Victor Vasarely

Laika, 1970
21.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Jean Cocteau, Double Face, Print

Jean Cocteau

Double Face, 1960
22 x 30 inch


Marc Chagall, Cantique de David, Print

Marc Chagall

Cantique de David, 1960
28 x 25 inch


Louis Toffoli, Le pont, Print

Louis Toffoli

Le pont, 1907
29.9 x 22 x 0.1 inch


Blek Le Rat, L'anarchiste, Print

Blek Le Rat

L'anarchiste, 2020
9.1 x 12.2 inch


Our recommendations Jérôme Mesnager, Quel cirque !, Print

Jérôme Mesnager

Quel cirque !, 2015
25.6 x 36.2 inch


Wendy Chazin, Interior, Still Life, Print

Wendy Chazin

Interior, Still Life, 1975
31.75 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch


Aurèle, Néon, Print


Néon, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Claude Gaveau, Lithographie originale, Print

Claude Gaveau

Lithographie originale, 1940
28 x 22 x 0.1 inch


SAKTI BURMAN, Le pigeon, Print


Le pigeon, 1980
20.5 x 25.2 inch


Robert Combas, Le rhino, Print

Robert Combas

Le rhino, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Philippe Geluck, Le Chat déambule, Print

Philippe Geluck

Le Chat déambule, 2021
19.7 x 15.7 inch


Kaws, NVG Gone, Print


NVG Gone, 2019
16.9 x 13.4 inch


Our recommendations Egon Schiele, Portrait de Gerti / Portrait of Gerti Schiele (Gerti Schiele in a Plaid Garment) - 1909, Print

Egon Schiele

Portrait de Gerti / Portrait of Gerti Schiele (Gerti Schiele in a Plaid Garment) - 1909, 2013
35.4 x 17.7 inch


Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Etude de jeune fille, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude de jeune fille, 1998
23.6 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


Didier Lourenço, Rocas, Print

Didier Lourenço

Rocas, 2006
15.7 x 38.2 inch


Our recommendations Gustav Klimt, La Danseuse de Cabaret / Liegender Mädchenakt nach links / Reclining female nude facing left - 1914, Print

Gustav Klimt

La Danseuse de Cabaret / Liegender Mädchenakt nach links / Reclining female nude facing left - 1914, 2012
21.3 x 27.2 inch


Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Le Marin, Print

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Le Marin, 2021
23.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Francis Bacon, Triptych 1987, Print

Francis Bacon

Triptych 1987, 1989
37.2 x 26.8 x 0 inch


Alekos Fassianos, Rebetika III, Print

Alekos Fassianos

Rebetika III, 1991
12.6 x 9.6 inch


Julien Raynaud, Love, Print

Julien Raynaud

Love, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Vladimir Velickovic, 26ème Trophée Lancôme, Print

Vladimir Velickovic

26ème Trophée Lancôme, 1995
29.5 x 21.3 inch


Edvard Munch, La Madone / Madonna - 1895, Print

Edvard Munch

La Madone / Madonna - 1895, 2017
29.9 x 22.4 inch


Gottfried Honegger, Heraklit II, Print

Gottfried Honegger

Heraklit II, 1986
11 x 7.6 inch


Our recommendations Barthélémy Toguo, Pump Up Mind, Print

Barthélémy Toguo

Pump Up Mind, 2017
55.1 x 39.4 x 0 inch


César Baldaccini, Hommage à Picasso I, Print

César Baldaccini

Hommage à Picasso I, 1985
15.7 x 22 inch


Alice Ricard, Tendre Bestiaire - Jungle Éléphants, Print

Alice Ricard

Tendre Bestiaire - Jungle Éléphants, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Kasimir Malevitch, Réalité peinte d'un joueur de football / Painterly Realism of a Football Player - 1915, Print

Kasimir Malevitch

Réalité peinte d'un joueur de football / Painterly Realism of a Football Player - 1915, 2018
35.4 x 24.2 inch


Alexander Calder, Acier du constructeur, Print

Alexander Calder

Acier du constructeur, 1976
21.5 x 29.5 inch


Tony Soulié, New York 03, Print

Tony Soulié

New York 03, 2007
44 x 61.9 inch


Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Juego de signos, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Juego de signos, 1990
35.4 x 24.8 inch


Robert Indiana, Anne, Print

Robert Indiana

Anne, 1977
24 x 20.1 x 0.4 inch


Philippe Grimaud, Don't Break It, Print

Philippe Grimaud

Don't Break It, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 0 inch


Gérard Garouste, Anagramme, Print

Gérard Garouste

Anagramme, 2020
47.2 x 31.5 inch


André Cervera, Bacchus Angel, Print

André Cervera

Bacchus Angel, 2019
26 x 19.7 inch


Noémie Cédille, La cabane dans la jungle, Print

Noémie Cédille

La cabane dans la jungle, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Pejac, Love Letter, Print


Love Letter, 2018
6.3 x 10.2 x 0 inch


Hervé Télémaque, Roland Garros, Print

Hervé Télémaque

Roland Garros, 2000
41.3 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch


Allison M. Low, Journey to Paradise, Print

Allison M. Low

Journey to Paradise, 2020
16.5 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Ziegler T, Anachrist, Print

Ziegler T

Anachrist, 2013
22 x 15 inch


Raphaël Zarka, Sculpture Gnomonique (Lavaur Bodegon 1), Print

Raphaël Zarka

Sculpture Gnomonique (Lavaur Bodegon 1), 2019
29.9 x 22 inch


Mohamed Lekleti, Des-équilibre, Print

Mohamed Lekleti

Des-équilibre, 2016
31.1 x 22.8 inch


Bernard Louédin, Poissons, Print

Bernard Louédin

Poissons, 1999
11 x 7.9 x 0 inch


Michael Bastow, Nu Féminin / Female Nude, Print

Michael Bastow

Nu Féminin / Female Nude, 1989
25.6 x 18.9 inch


A.R. Penck, Kontrolle, Print

A.R. Penck

Kontrolle, 1991
41.7 x 29.9 inch


André Franquin, Gaston Lagaffe secouant un livre, Print

André Franquin

Gaston Lagaffe secouant un livre, 1987
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Thibault Laget-Ro, Renaissance, Print

Thibault Laget-Ro

Renaissance, 2009
36.2 x 24.8 x 0.4 inch


Damien Deroubaix, The Rat Race (noir et rouge), Print

Damien Deroubaix

The Rat Race (noir et rouge), 2017
47.2 x 63 inch


Karel Appel, Can we dance a landscape, Print

Karel Appel

Can we dance a landscape, 1980
19.7 x 25.6 inch


Ghislaine Ferreira, Loup 7, Print

Ghislaine Ferreira

Loup 7, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


Myriam Baudin, Miss Earth, Print

Myriam Baudin

Miss Earth, 2009
36.2 x 24.8 x 0.4 inch


Ingela P Arrhenius, On the Go !, Print

Ingela P Arrhenius

On the Go !, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Raymond Poulet, Toluca, Print

Raymond Poulet

Toluca, 2017
18.9 x 22 x 0 inch


Yann Kebbi, Sans Titre, Print

Yann Kebbi

Sans Titre, 2018
28.3 x 35.8 x 0 inch


Yaya Herman Dune, Garberg, Print

Yaya Herman Dune

Garberg, 2010
22.4 x 28 x 0.4 inch


Fabrice Hyber, Pépins, Print

Fabrice Hyber

Pépins, 2019
31.5 x 47.2 inch


Brigitte Touvron, Sans titre III, Print

Brigitte Touvron

Sans titre III, 2019
5.5 x 4.3 x 0.4 inch


Claude Lévêque, Golden World, Print

Claude Lévêque

Golden World, 2018
29.5 x 41.3 inch


Pat Andrea, Sans titre, Print

Pat Andrea

Sans titre, 2018
26.8 x 35.4 inch


Dominique Sosolic, Déluge, Print

Dominique Sosolic

Déluge, 1988
12.2 x 9.4 inch


Winshluss, Over the Rainbow, Print


Over the Rainbow, 2018
47.2 x 31.5 inch


James Rielly, French Ghosts, Print

James Rielly

French Ghosts, 2017
45.7 x 63 inch


Christophe Blain, Aline, Print

Christophe Blain

Aline, 2018
63 x 47.2 inch


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