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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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Margaret Keane, Complicated Lady, Print

Margaret Keane

Complicated Lady, 1995
36 x 24 inch


Carrie Graber, An Affair With Flair, Print

Carrie Graber

An Affair With Flair, 2018
43 x 29 inch


Amy Nelder, After the Black and White Ball, Print

Amy Nelder

After the Black and White Ball, 2012
30 x 60 inch


Alina Davidova, Hard Candy, Print

Alina Davidova

Hard Candy, 2021
29.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Valérie-Anne Bertin, Barque à Ploumanach, Print

Valérie-Anne Bertin

Barque à Ploumanach, 2020
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Rabee Baghshani, Stamp II, Print

Rabee Baghshani

Stamp II, 2017
40.6 x 31.5 inch


Philippe Huart, Crack, Print

Philippe Huart

Crack, 2010
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch


Piotre, Karl Lagerfeld - Piotre X Overside, Print


Karl Lagerfeld - Piotre X Overside, 2020
51.2 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Aurélie Lafourcade, Mono Paysage, Print

Aurélie Lafourcade

Mono Paysage, 2019
24.4 x 18.1 inch


Maria De Campos, Basquiat x OVERSIDE, Print

Maria De Campos

Basquiat x OVERSIDE, 2020
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Stoz, Stay in Sobriety, Print


Stay in Sobriety, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


OverSide, Audrey Hepburn - Inédit, Print


Audrey Hepburn - Inédit, 2020
51.2 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch


Mimmo Rotella, Le luci della citta, Print

Mimmo Rotella

Le luci della citta, 2005
48.8 x 33.9 x 1 inch


Mehdi Mirbagheri, Chivas Regal, Print

Mehdi Mirbagheri

Chivas Regal, 2016
19.7 x 15.7 inch


Yasen Zgurovski, Flowerman, Print

Yasen Zgurovski

Flowerman, 2013
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Cécile Jaunet, Enchanté de vous connaitre mon écho, Print

Cécile Jaunet

Enchanté de vous connaitre mon écho, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch


Laetitia B., Oh! là ! là, Print

Laetitia B.

Oh! là ! là, 2021
29.1 x 22.8 x 2.4 inch


Bill Kane, EM-117 Asanga 6, Print

Bill Kane

EM-117 Asanga 6, 2020
84 x 24 x 1.5 inch


Our recommendations Aloyzas Smilingis, Intuition, Print

Aloyzas Smilingis

Intuition, 1974
35.4 x 43.3 x 0.8 inch


Josep Guinovart Bertrán, Pájaeo y Tierra, Print

Josep Guinovart Bertrán

Pájaeo y Tierra, 1997
23.6 x 30.7 x 0.1 inch


Sergio Cecchi, La place du Molard animée, Print

Sergio Cecchi

La place du Molard animée, 1953
31.9 x 23.8 x 0.8 inch


Philippe De Lestrange, Le Port d'Honfleur, Print

Philippe De Lestrange

Le Port d'Honfleur, 1998
18.1 x 21.7 x 0.8 inch


Clément Dezelus, The pool, Print

Clément Dezelus

The pool, 2016
27.6 x 47.2 x 2 inch


Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova, Poppies - digital still life, Print

Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova

Poppies - digital still life, 2004
53.1 x 118.1 x 0.1 inch


José Ángel Vincench, Exile, Print

José Ángel Vincench

Exile, 2019
51.2 x 102.4 x 0.8 inch


Sumit Mehndiratta, Amore, Print

Sumit Mehndiratta

Amore, 2018
48 x 48 x 1.2 inch


Noah Borger, Gattica, Print

Noah Borger

Gattica, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Angu Walters, The Drummer, Print

Angu Walters

The Drummer, 2007
22.8 x 20.9 x 0.4 inch


Marabout, Luxury Raft N°2/9, Print


Luxury Raft N°2/9, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 inch


Philippe Matine, Feels good, Print

Philippe Matine

Feels good, 2020
27.6 x 55.1 x 2 inch


Jean-Baptiste Delarue, Tu Me Manques, Print

Jean-Baptiste Delarue

Tu Me Manques, 2012
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Akiza, Disarticulated Doll, Print


Disarticulated Doll, 2008
24 x 15 x 0.8 inch


Ryca, Acid Smiley Mona Lisa Red (Hand Finished), Print


Acid Smiley Mona Lisa Red (Hand Finished), 2017
11.8 x 9.8 x 0.8 inch


Marcello Quarta, Cat'z 3, Print

Marcello Quarta

Cat'z 3, 2020
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch


Thomas Dellert, Sophia Cocktail Girl, Print

Thomas Dellert

Sophia Cocktail Girl, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 x 2.8 inch


Véronique Lecoq, L'hiver, Print

Véronique Lecoq

L'hiver, 2019
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch


Agnès Robin, Think out of the box, Print

Agnès Robin

Think out of the box, 2020
32 x 24 x 0.1 inch


Dominik Jasinski, Chineese Whispers, Print

Dominik Jasinski

Chineese Whispers, 2016
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Horst P. Horst, Untitled #1, Print

Horst P. Horst

Untitled #1, 1966
55.1 x 55.1 x 0.1 inch


Lida Pshenichka, A woman with cigarette, Print

Lida Pshenichka

A woman with cigarette, 2021
43.3 x 34.6 inch

$455 $506

Jean-Michel Rousvoal, Le Ver est dans le Fruit..., Print

Jean-Michel Rousvoal

Le Ver est dans le Fruit..., 2017
38.2 x 51.2 x 0 inch


Joanna Sierko-Filipowska, Frida Kahlo, Print

Joanna Sierko-Filipowska

Frida Kahlo, 2013
26.8 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Aysha Taysumova, About us, Print

Aysha Taysumova

About us, 2020
19.7 x 13.8 x 0 inch

$387 $430

Nagsoul, Et ce n'est pas un faux, Print


Et ce n'est pas un faux, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch


Remi Bertoche, US ambiance, Print

Remi Bertoche

US ambiance, 2012
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch


Ernest Trova, Boomerang, Print

Ernest Trova

Boomerang, 1970
24 x 24 inch


Richie, Enter The Dragon / A Psychedelic World, Print


Enter The Dragon / A Psychedelic World, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch


Karin Monschauer, Tiefe, Print

Karin Monschauer

Tiefe, 2017
35.4 x 35.4 inch


Paul Kostabi & Giuseppe Fortunato, KF1520, Print

Paul Kostabi & Giuseppe Fortunato

KF1520, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch


Olivier Attar (Attoli), RockyrÔse, Print

Olivier Attar (Attoli)

RockyrÔse, 2013
33.5 x 49.2 x 0 inch


Emile Bressler, Nature morte aux roses dans un vase en verre, Print

Emile Bressler

Nature morte aux roses dans un vase en verre, 1940
15.9 x 13 x 0.8 inch


Jane Ward, From the Ice-Gulfs, Print

Jane Ward

From the Ice-Gulfs, 2018
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch


Pere Moles, Optical black #3, Print

Pere Moles

Optical black #3, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Franck Bouroullec, Lithographie Gainsbourg, Print

Franck Bouroullec

Lithographie Gainsbourg, 2012
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Bernard Rancillac, Billie Holiday, Print

Bernard Rancillac

Billie Holiday, 2008
28.7 x 23.6 x 2 inch


Aleksandra Honko, Pool no. 4, Print

Aleksandra Honko

Pool no. 4, 2019
25.8 x 18.9 x 1.2 inch


Filippo Imbrighi, Breakfast at Tiffany's with Audrey - XL, Print

Filippo Imbrighi

Breakfast at Tiffany's with Audrey - XL, 2019
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Marco Innocenti (Brivido Pop), Qualcuno volò, Print

Marco Innocenti (Brivido Pop)

Qualcuno volò, 2020
43.3 x 68.9 x 0.8 inch


Sofia Maria Paz, Scream-a-bang-bang, Print

Sofia Maria Paz

Scream-a-bang-bang, 2019
32 x 28 x 1 inch


Pal Design, Super Play, Print

Pal Design

Super Play, 2014
51.2 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Caroline St-Pierre, Marcus, Print

Caroline St-Pierre

Marcus, 2018
48 x 36 x 0.1 inch


Aziz Anzabi, Nostalgia, Print

Aziz Anzabi

Nostalgia, 2021
40.2 x 26 x 0.4 inch


Dganit Blechner, Amélie Mauresmo, Print

Dganit Blechner

Amélie Mauresmo, 2011
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch


Laura Jordan, Barcelona, Print

Laura Jordan

Barcelona, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 x 2 inch

$1,973 $3,035

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