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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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Antoine Josse, La potomanie du Rouge, Print

Antoine Josse

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


Enki Bilal, Transhumans 2, Print

Enki Bilal

Transhumans 2, 2021
29.9 x 22 inch


Françoise Pétrovitch, Fumeuse, Print

Françoise Pétrovitch

Fumeuse, 2021
26 x 21.7 inch


Raya Sorkine, La mariée aux roses rouges, Print

Raya Sorkine

La mariée aux roses rouges, 1990
7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inch


Max Ernst, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Max Ernst

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
14 x 10.2 inch


Zao Wou-Ki, Éclats, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Éclats, 1992
12.4 x 9.8 inch


Max Papart, Les chemins de la Lumière, Print

Max Papart

Les chemins de la Lumière, 1968
29.7 x 22 x 0.1 inch


Henry Moore, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Henry Moore

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
10.2 x 14 inch


Graham Sutherland, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Graham Sutherland

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
14 x 10.2 inch


Our recommendations Miss Tic, Dans nos jardins secrets le désir se crée, Print

Miss Tic

Dans nos jardins secrets le désir se crée, 2015
25.6 x 36.2 inch


Our recommendations Egon Schiele, La Mère et l'Enfant / The Mother & the Child (Edith Schiele and nephew / Edith Schiele und Neffe / Edith Schiele et son neveu) - 1915, Print

Egon Schiele

La Mère et l'Enfant / The Mother & the Child (Edith Schiele and nephew / Edith Schiele und Neffe / Edith Schiele et son neveu) - 1915, 2014
29.9 x 21.3 inch


Blek Le Rat, L'anarchiste, Print

Blek Le Rat

L'anarchiste, 2020
9.1 x 12.2 inch


Alekos Fassianos, Rebetika II, Print

Alekos Fassianos

Rebetika II, 1991
12.6 x 9.6 inch


Atsuko Ishii, What's real, Print

Atsuko Ishii

What's real, 2019
8.3 x 5.9 x 0.2 inch


Antoni Tapies, Untitled - Berlin Suite, Print

Antoni Tapies

Untitled - Berlin Suite, 1974
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch


Didier Lourenço, Rocas, Print

Didier Lourenço

Rocas, 2006
15.7 x 38.2 inch


Kaws, NVG Gone, Print


NVG Gone, 2019
16.9 x 13.4 inch


Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Les oeufs hors le nid, Print

Alexander Calder

Les oeufs hors le nid, 1976
19.3 x 26 inch


Hom Nguyen, Human, Print

Hom Nguyen

Human, 2020
48 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch


Christophe Charbonnel, La procession des guerriers, Print

Christophe Charbonnel

La procession des guerriers, 2016
11.7 x 8.3 inch


Claude Viallat, Sans-titre, Print

Claude Viallat

Sans-titre, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Olivier  Masmonteil, Paysage 2017 (Hawea. NZ), Print

Olivier Masmonteil

Paysage 2017 (Hawea. NZ), 2017
31.2 x 23.8 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Edvard Munch, Le Cri / The Scream / Geschrei - 1895, Print

Edvard Munch

Le Cri / The Scream / Geschrei - 1895, 2017
25.6 x 19.3 inch


Our recommendations Guy Denning, Paradis est ici, Print

Guy Denning

Paradis est ici, 2015
25.6 x 36.2 inch


Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Juego de signos, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Juego de signos, 1990
35.4 x 24.8 inch


Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), La Maternité, Print

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

La Maternité, 2021
23.6 x 19.7 x 0 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


Charles Lapicque, Le blanc-bec, Print

Charles Lapicque

Le blanc-bec, 1967
15 x 11 inch


Karel Appel, Can we dance a landscape, Print

Karel Appel

Can we dance a landscape, 1980
19.7 x 25.6 inch


A.R. Penck, Kontrolle, Print

A.R. Penck

Kontrolle, 1991
41.7 x 29.9 inch


Tony Soulié, New York 03, Print

Tony Soulié

New York 03, 2007
44 x 61.9 inch


Léon Spilliaert, Vertige, l'escalier magique 1908 / Vertigo, Magic Staircase 1908, Print

Léon Spilliaert

Vertige, l'escalier magique 1908 / Vertigo, Magic Staircase 1908, 2018
29.9 x 22.8 inch


Our recommendations Alice Ricard, Tendre Bestiaire - Renards bleus, Print

Alice Ricard

Tendre Bestiaire - Renards bleus, 2017
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Ghislaine Ferreira, Loup 7, Print

Ghislaine Ferreira

Loup 7, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 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


Bernard Louédin, Poissons, Print

Bernard Louédin

Poissons, 1999
11 x 7.9 x 0 inch


Vladimir Velickovic, 26ème Trophée Lancôme, Print

Vladimir Velickovic

26ème Trophée Lancôme, 1995
29.5 x 21.3 inch


Barthélémy Toguo, Blowing Headache, Print

Barthélémy Toguo

Blowing Headache, 2017
27.6 x 33.5 inch


Yann Kebbi, Sans Titre, Print

Yann Kebbi

Sans Titre, 2018
28.3 x 35.8 x 0 inch


Fernando Bellver, Hans Arp, Print

Fernando Bellver

Hans Arp, 1994
25.2 x 18.9 inch


Pejac, Love Letter, Print


Love Letter, 2018
6.3 x 10.2 x 0 inch


Fabrice Hyber, Pépins, Print

Fabrice Hyber

Pépins, 2019
31.5 x 47.2 inch


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

Damien Deroubaix

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


Claude Lévêque, Golden World, Print

Claude Lévêque

Golden World, 2018
29.5 x 41.3 inch


Myriam Baudin, Ménagère light, Print

Myriam Baudin

Ménagère light, 2009
41.3 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Winshluss, Over the Rainbow, Print


Over the Rainbow, 2018
47.2 x 31.5 inch


Hervé Télémaque, Roland Garros, Print

Hervé Télémaque

Roland Garros, 2000
41.3 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch


Michael Bastow, Nu Féminin / Female Nude - 2, Print

Michael Bastow

Nu Féminin / Female Nude - 2, 1993
25.6 x 36.2 inch


Philippe Hérard, Cent-Titres, Print

Philippe Hérard

Cent-Titres, 2017
31.5 x 23.6 inch


Georges Seurat, Nu Assis / Seated Nude, 1883, Print

Georges Seurat

Nu Assis / Seated Nude, 1883, 2019
25.6 x 19.7 inch


James Rielly, No Home, Print

James Rielly

No Home, 2017
35.4 x 25.5 inch


Federico Fellini, I Vitelloni, Print

Federico Fellini

I Vitelloni, 1977
18.5 x 25.2 inch


Marianne Ratier, Lapin, Print

Marianne Ratier

Lapin, 2015
25.6 x 19.7 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


Our recommendations Jean Messagier, Sans titre, Print

Jean Messagier

Sans titre, 1990
13 x 9.4 inch


Pablo Palazuelo, Lunariae VI, Print

Pablo Palazuelo

Lunariae VI, 1972
26 x 20.5 inch


Songlin Ji, Une belle époque, Print

Songlin Ji

Une belle époque, 2016
19.3 x 24.8 x 0.4 inch


Brigitte Touvron, Gravue 4, Print

Brigitte Touvron

Gravue 4, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Art Spiegelman, Silent Six, Print

Art Spiegelman

Silent Six, 2018
31.1 x 39.4 inch


Christophe Blain, Aline, Print

Christophe Blain

Aline, 2018
63 x 47.2 inch


José Guerrero, Sin titulo I, Print

José Guerrero

Sin titulo I, 1990
24.4 x 17.7 inch


Odilon Redon, Pégase Captif 1889 / Captive Pegasus 1889, Print

Odilon Redon

Pégase Captif 1889 / Captive Pegasus 1889, 2018
26.2 x 22.4 inch


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

Raphaël Zarka

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


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