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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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Patrick Rubinstein, Pop Mona, Print

Patrick Rubinstein

Pop Mona, 2019
27.2 x 27.2 x 1.2 inch
Print

$7,399

Benjamin II Vautier, Nature morte et parchemin rouge, Print

Benjamin II Vautier

Nature morte et parchemin rouge, 1926
16.1 x 12.9 x 0.2 inch
Print

$521

Valer, Sans-titre, Print

Valer

Sans-titre, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Print

$190

ErriC, Another Dimension, Print

ErriC

Another Dimension, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$240

Charles Fazzino, There's Traffic 9 to 5, 24/7, Print

Charles Fazzino

There's Traffic 9 to 5, 24/7, 2014
25.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$6,015

Maria Stelmaszczyk, Room with a red arch, Print

Maria Stelmaszczyk

Room with a red arch, 2007
4.7 x 3.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$215

Nissan Engel, Series Beethoven #2, Print

Nissan Engel

Series Beethoven #2, 1983
21 x 29 inch
Print

$1,500

Chantal Derderian-Christol, Soleil en fusion, Print

Chantal Derderian-Christol

Soleil en fusion, 2019
13 x 16.1 x 0 inch
Print

$101

Ghislaine Lejard, Canticum misericordiam 4, Print

Ghislaine Lejard

Canticum misericordiam 4, 2017
5.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$430

Derek Sullivan, Illustrations for (and/or from) a book that is (and/or will be) titled "On Filling In", Print

Derek Sullivan

Illustrations for (and/or from) a book that is (and/or will be) titled "On Filling In", 2016
18.1 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch
Print

$3,162

Grow Up, Nike air Jordan, Print

Grow Up

Nike air Jordan, 2020
16.5 x 23.2 x 0.4 inch
Print

$443

Courty, This is the Life, Print

Courty

This is the Life, 2016
18.1 x 33.1 x 0.2 inch
Print

$729

David L-K, Ventriloque, Print

David L-K

Ventriloque, 2019
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Print

$1,265

Janusz Przybylski, Screamers, Print

Janusz Przybylski

Screamers, 1986
9.4 x 13 inch
Print

$822

Erich Buchholz, Composition - 1920, Print

Erich Buchholz

Composition - 1920, 1971
24.4 x 16.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$506

Rita Marhaug, Horizon, Print

Rita Marhaug

Horizon, 2012
30.3 x 22 inch
Print

$1,480 $2,277

Claude Viallat, Sans Titre, Print

Claude Viallat

Sans Titre, 2015
24.4 x 18.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,201

Patrick Rubinstein, People and brand Ray, Print

Patrick Rubinstein

People and brand Ray, 2020
14.2 x 14.2 x 1.2 inch
Print

$2,340

Patrick Rubinstein, People and brand Marilyn, Print

Patrick Rubinstein

People and brand Marilyn, 2020
14.2 x 14.2 x 1.2 inch
Print

$2,340

Patrick Rubinstein, People and brand Picasso, Print

Patrick Rubinstein

People and brand Picasso, 2020
14.2 x 14.2 x 1.2 inch
Print

$2,340

Patrick Rubinstein, People and brand Frida, Print

Patrick Rubinstein

People and brand Frida, 2020
14.2 x 14.2 x 1.2 inch
Print

$2,340

Patrick Rubinstein, Pop Lennon, Print

Patrick Rubinstein

Pop Lennon, 2019
27.2 x 27.2 x 1.2 inch
Print

$7,399

Patrick Rubinstein, People and brand Lennon, Print

Patrick Rubinstein

People and brand Lennon, 2020
14.2 x 14.2 x 1.2 inch
Print

$2,340

Patrick Rubinstein, Pop Panda, Print

Patrick Rubinstein

Pop Panda, 2019
27.2 x 27.2 x 1.2 inch
Print

$7,399

Victor Vasarely, Optical Cube, Print

Victor Vasarely

Optical Cube, 1975
18.1 x 18.1 x 1.2 inch
Print

$5,000

Piero Dorazio, Composizione A Colori, Print

Piero Dorazio

Composizione A Colori, 1976
22.2 x 30.3 x 0 inch
Print

$734

Arman, Empreintes de violon bleu, Print

Arman

Empreintes de violon bleu, 2004
59.4 x 39.8 x 2 inch
Print

$10,118

Arman, Empreintes de violon orange, Print

Arman

Empreintes de violon orange, 2004
59.4 x 39.8 x 2 inch
Print

$10,118

Eugenia Jaeger, Swan against brown background, Print

Eugenia Jaeger

Swan against brown background, 2021
16.1 x 11.4 inch
Print

$506

Ugo Rambaldi, Girl, Print

Ugo Rambaldi

Girl, 1970
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$379

Valer, Sans-titre, Print

Valer

Sans-titre, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Print

$190

Valer, Sans-titre, Print

Valer

Sans-titre, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Print

$190

Valer, Sans-titre, Print

Valer

Sans-titre, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Print

$190

Blandine Galtier, Nature morte v1 (livre d'artiste), Print

Blandine Galtier

Nature morte v1 (livre d'artiste), 2014
8.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$354

John Matos Crash, X-men Cyclope, Print

John Matos Crash

X-men Cyclope, 2000
24 x 18.1 inch
Print

$885

John Matos Crash, X-men Magneto, Print

John Matos Crash

X-men Magneto, 2000
18.1 x 24 inch
Print

$885

John Matos Crash, X-men Tornade - Storm, Print

John Matos Crash

X-men Tornade - Storm, 2000
24 x 18.1 inch
Print

$885

Sonia Delaunay, Cathedrale, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Cathedrale, 1971
23.7 x 17.3 inch
Print

$13,000

Our recommendations Carlos Cruz-Diez, Serie Semana - Viernes	, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Serie Semana - Viernes , 2013
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

$7,588

Our recommendations Carlos Cruz-Diez, Serie Semana - Martes	, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Serie Semana - Martes , 2013
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

$7,588

Le Corbusier, Atelier 35 Sevres, Print

Le Corbusier

Atelier 35 Sevres, 1954
16.5 x 13.8 x 0.2 inch
Print

$6,071

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Serie Semana - Sábado	, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Serie Semana - Sábado , 2013
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

$7,588

Our recommendations Sol LeWitt, Untitled, Print

Sol LeWitt

Untitled, 1992
22.8 x 22.8 inch
Print

$7,588

Charles Fazzino, Midnight in Manhattan, Print

Charles Fazzino

Midnight in Manhattan, 2016
33.5 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$8,098

Our recommendations François Morellet, 2 trames de tirets-négatif, Print

François Morellet

2 trames de tirets-négatif, 1960
24.4 x 24.4 inch
Print

$1,897

Our recommendations Jean Tinguely, Mémoire de la Liberté, Print

Jean Tinguely

Mémoire de la Liberté, 1991
26 x 34.6 x 0.2 inch
Print

$6,956

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Barcelona fontain, Print

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Wrapped Barcelona fontain, 2009
22 x 28 inch
Print

$11,383

Imi Knoebel, Rot Gelb Weiss Blau, Print

Imi Knoebel

Rot Gelb Weiss Blau, 1995
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,771

Maria Stelmaszczyk, A pink cloud, Print

Maria Stelmaszczyk

A pink cloud, 2009
4.7 x 3.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$215

Chu Teh-Chun, Encre orageuse, Print

Chu Teh-Chun

Encre orageuse, 2008
17.7 x 13.8 x 0.8 inch
Print

$8,000

Agnès Dubart, Bailleur 4, Print

Agnès Dubart

Bailleur 4, 2009
10.6 x 7.9 x 0 inch
Print

$417

Alirio Palacios, Caballo en el paisaje, Print

Alirio Palacios

Caballo en el paisaje, 2012
59.1 x 53.1 inch
Print

$22,000

Alirio Palacios, Caballo y caballero medieval, Print

Alirio Palacios

Caballo y caballero medieval, 2011
63.8 x 35.4 inch
Print

$20,000

Chantal Derderian-Christol, Rouille, Print

Chantal Derderian-Christol

Rouille, 2017
16.1 x 13 x 0 inch
Print

$114

Maria Stelmaszczyk, Jellyfish, Print

Maria Stelmaszczyk

Jellyfish, 2012
5.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inch
Print

$215

Maria Stelmaszczyk, A fig, Print

Maria Stelmaszczyk

A fig, 2007
3.3 x 4.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$215

Maria Stelmaszczyk, A black interior, Print

Maria Stelmaszczyk

A black interior, 2007
3.1 x 5.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$215

Maria Stelmaszczyk, An interior, Print

Maria Stelmaszczyk

An interior, 2007
3.9 x 5.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$215

Maria Stelmaszczyk, Room with a view, Print

Maria Stelmaszczyk

Room with a view, 2010
3.5 x 3.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$215

Maria Stelmaszczyk, Striped room, Print

Maria Stelmaszczyk

Striped room, 2007
3.9 x 4.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$215

Maria Stelmaszczyk, Orange labirynth, Print

Maria Stelmaszczyk

Orange labirynth, 2009
5.5 x 3.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$215

Maria Stelmaszczyk, Sea fox, Print

Maria Stelmaszczyk

Sea fox, 2012
5.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inch
Print

$215

Maria Stelmaszczyk, Dream Book. Fire, Print

Maria Stelmaszczyk

Dream Book. Fire, 2013
3.5 x 3.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$240

Maria Stelmaszczyk, Constellation, Print

Maria Stelmaszczyk

Constellation, 2009
5.5 x 3.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$215

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