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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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Flog, Flog - Homer, Print

Flog

Flog - Homer, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$114

Jean Marcel Bertrand, Mécanisme, Print

Jean Marcel Bertrand

Mécanisme, 1980
13.8 x 11.4 inch
Print

$215

Our recommendations Levalet, Figure "Grise mine", Print

Levalet

Figure "Grise mine", 2014
20.1 x 14.6 inch
Print

$190

Gregos, Figure Gregos, Print

Gregos

Figure Gregos, 2014
20.1 x 14.6 inch
Print

$126

Supocaos, Le Manège, Print

Supocaos

Le Manège, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$474

Guillaume Piot, Âne, Print

Guillaume Piot

Âne, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Print

$114

Vuk Vidor, French Art History (A), Print

Vuk Vidor

French Art History (A), 2016
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$455 $506

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

Alexei Lantsev

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

$120

René Botti, Figure "Double Face", Print

René Botti

Figure "Double Face", 2014
20.1 x 14.6 inch
Print

$152

Jean-Louis Mendrisse, Rendez vous à 20H, Print

Jean-Louis Mendrisse

Rendez vous à 20H, 2015
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$152

Tarek, City of Groove, Print

Tarek

City of Groove, 2016
11.7 x 7.9 x 0 inch
Print

$126

Chanoir, Chas Zoulous, Print

Chanoir

Chas Zoulous, 2019
23.4 x 16.5 inch
Print

$379

Karl Lagasse, Red Dollar, Print

Karl Lagasse

Red Dollar, 2020
16.7 x 12.2 x 0.1 inch
Print

$6,324

Roxane Borujerdi, Sans titre, Print

Roxane Borujerdi

Sans titre, 2012
12.6 x 8.3 x 0.8 inch
Print

$949

Sancko, Madone, Print

Sancko

Madone, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Print

$75

Bang Hai Ja, Danse de Lumière (sérigraphie), Print

Bang Hai Ja

Danse de Lumière (sérigraphie), 2015
24.6 x 24.6 x 0.2 inch
Print

$3,162

Hugh Turvey, Genus Alcia, Print

Hugh Turvey

Genus Alcia, 2018
16.1 x 12 x 0.4 inch
Print

$883

Théo Lopez, D.I.M 3, Print

Théo Lopez

D.I.M 3, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$190

Artiste Chezbelette, R E C Y C L É - ZB-110919, Print

Artiste Chezbelette

R E C Y C L É - ZB-110919, 2019
47.2 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$999

José Luis Cuevas, Pareja en el mar, Print

José Luis Cuevas

Pareja en el mar, 1981
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$759

Michel Gueranger, Peindre le Mont Blanc, Print

Michel Gueranger

Peindre le Mont Blanc, 2002
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Print

$304

Marie Doazan, Musée des arts forains, Print

Marie Doazan

Musée des arts forains, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Print

$76

Vicente Rojo, Barcelona, Print

Vicente Rojo

Barcelona, 1987
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$569

Jorge Castillo, Barcelona 3, Print

Jorge Castillo

Barcelona 3, 1976
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$379

Georges Laporte, Île de beauté, Print

Georges Laporte

Île de beauté, 1989
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$493

Nick Smith, American Gothic, Print

Nick Smith

American Gothic, 2020
32.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$3,500

Our recommendations Grisor, Solstice, Print

Grisor

Solstice, 1993
30.7 x 46.9 inch
Print

$443

Dong Oan, Batman, Print

Dong Oan

Batman, 2015
39.4 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Print

$3,794

Nadine Van Der Straeten, Jeanne Hébuterne - Planche 53, Print

Nadine Van Der Straeten

Jeanne Hébuterne - Planche 53, 2017
16.5 x 11.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$620

Brian Nissen, Digital Street Mexican Art, Print

Brian Nissen

Digital Street Mexican Art, 1981
27.6 x 106.3 inch
Print

$1,771

Manolo Acedo, Digital print, triptych, Print

Manolo Acedo

Digital print, triptych, 2017
10.2 x 7.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$247

Valentine Burlan, Éléphant, Print

Valentine Burlan

Éléphant, 2018
12.2 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$100

Fabian Marcaccio, Sans titre 1, Print

Fabian Marcaccio

Sans titre 1, 2007
28 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,529

Cham Lavant, Bal 1, Print

Cham Lavant

Bal 1, 2020
15 x 21.3 x 0 inch
Print

$354

Maurice d'Anty, Clown ivrogne, Print

Maurice d'Anty

Clown ivrogne, 1985
29.9 x 21.7 inch
Print

$481

Depose, Cactus pink, Print

Depose

Cactus pink, 2018
7.5 x 5.5 inch
Print

$100

Bob Marchant, Exotic Mystique, Print

Bob Marchant

Exotic Mystique, 2019
30.7 x 30.3 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,100

Edgardo Mannucci, Verde viola, Print

Edgardo Mannucci

Verde viola, 1975
25.2 x 20.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$316

Prunelle, L'été indien, Print

Prunelle

L'été indien, 2017
15.7 x 11.7 inch
Print

$285

Veenom, Sans titre, Print

Veenom

Sans titre, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$190

Matthieu Dagorn, Ivory, Print

Matthieu Dagorn

Ivory, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$190

Sylvia Elharar-Lemberg, Les coquelicots, Print

Sylvia Elharar-Lemberg

Les coquelicots, 2020
19.7 x 9.8 x 0.2 inch
Print

$379

Lorys, Octopuss-kitsune, Print

Lorys

Octopuss-kitsune, 2018
12.2 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$100

Baron Wolman, Woodstock 1969 Tour Espana, Print

Baron Wolman

Woodstock 1969 Tour Espana, 2012
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$443

Jeykill, Solar Flare, Print

Jeykill

Solar Flare, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$190

Felicita Frai, Gemelle fiorite, Print

Felicita Frai

Gemelle fiorite, 1990
22.4 x 29.9 x 0 inch
Print

$481

Flog, Astérix, Print

Flog

Astérix, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$114

Flog, Popeye, Print

Flog

Popeye, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$114

Jef Aérosol, Amy Winehouse, Print

Jef Aérosol

Amy Winehouse, 2016
18.9 x 13 inch
Print

$506

Onemizer, Love, Print

Onemizer

Love, 2020
27.6 x 31.1 x 0.4 inch
Print

$759

Our recommendations Hervé Di Rosa, Figure bleue, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

Figure bleue, 2014
20.1 x 14.6 inch
Print

$354

Gottfried Salzmann, Silver Building, Print

Gottfried Salzmann

Silver Building, 2010
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$569

C215, Basquiat, Print

C215

Basquiat, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$759

Our recommendations Vuk Vidor, French Art History (B), Print

Vuk Vidor

French Art History (B), 2016
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$455 $506

Philippe Geluck, Le Chat s'expose portfolio, Print

Philippe Geluck

Le Chat s'expose portfolio, 2003
31.5 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Print

$3,162

Vuk Vidor, French Art History (C), Print

Vuk Vidor

French Art History (C), 2016
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$455 $506

Alexei Lantsev, Pêcheurs à Cascais. Portugal, Print

Alexei Lantsev

Pêcheurs à Cascais. Portugal, 2017
11.8 x 16.7 inch
Print

$183

M.Chat, Chat Boat, Print

M.Chat

Chat Boat, 2019
3.9 x 8.1 x 0.4 inch
Print

$588

Guillaume Piot, Elephant, Print

Guillaume Piot

Elephant, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Print

$114

Guillaume Piot, Renard, Print

Guillaume Piot

Renard, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Print

$114

Guillaume Piot, Loup, Print

Guillaume Piot

Loup, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Print

$114

Guillaume Piot, Gorille, Print

Guillaume Piot

Gorille, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Print

$114

Guillaume Piot, Girafe, Print

Guillaume Piot

Girafe, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Print

$114

Guillaume Piot, Cochon, Print

Guillaume Piot

Cochon, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Print

$114

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