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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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Hush, Halo (Blue), Print


Halo (Blue), 2016
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Matías Sánchez, Matias Sanchez, Print

Matías Sánchez

Matias Sanchez, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Amy Smith, Carrie Fisher, Print

Amy Smith

Carrie Fisher, 2021
24 x 18 inch


Evelyn Morgan, I'm Just Right Here, Print

Evelyn Morgan

I'm Just Right Here, 2021
26.4 x 21.7 x 0 inch


Gwen Keraval, Applesnakes, Print

Gwen Keraval

Applesnakes, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


JonOne, My World, Print


My World, 2019
24 x 20.1 x 0.4 inch


Nick Walker, Vandal vs Louvre édition, Print

Nick Walker

Vandal vs Louvre édition, 2019
22 x 29.9 x 0.2 inch


Our recommendations Paola Pivi, One cup of cappuccino then I go, Print

Paola Pivi

One cup of cappuccino then I go, 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Our recommendations Sophie Calle, Des journées entières sous le signe du B, du C, du W En, Print

Sophie Calle

Des journées entières sous le signe du B, du C, du W En, 2013
27.6 x 19.7 inch


FAILE, Kool Living, Print


Kool Living, 2020
29.9 x 24 inch


Xavier Veilhan, Billet Moderniste, Print

Xavier Veilhan

Billet Moderniste, 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Bernard Frize, Extension 2, Print

Bernard Frize

Extension 2, 2013
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Lady Pink, Team Work, Print

Lady Pink

Team Work, 2018
21 x 24 inch


Sandrot, Lith-Pr 1, Print


Lith-Pr 1, 2020
45.7 x 30.7 x 0.4 inch


Lee Quinones, Lions Den, Print

Lee Quinones

Lions Den, 2014
18 x 14 inch


Nef, Dual Road, Print


Dual Road, 2018
8.2 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Marta Zawadzka, Frida, Print

Marta Zawadzka

Frida, 2021
24 x 20.1 x 0 inch


Kosta Kulundzic, Coffret de luxe - The fall of Waimea, Print

Kosta Kulundzic

Coffret de luxe - The fall of Waimea, 2020
9.8 x 9.8 x 2 inch


Jacques Grison, En VII, Print

Jacques Grison

En VII, 2018
19.7 x 25 x 0 inch


Gianni Motti, Moneybox, Print

Gianni Motti

Moneybox, 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Farhad Moshiri, Indian Boy in the Spot Light, Print

Farhad Moshiri

Indian Boy in the Spot Light, 2013
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Hernan Bas, The Signalmen, Print

Hernan Bas

The Signalmen, 2013
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Yves Brayer, La tour Eiffel, Print

Yves Brayer

La tour Eiffel, 1985
18.9 x 26 inch


Zena Blackwell, Winging It, Print

Zena Blackwell

Winging It, 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch


Richard Levine, Mickey Lichtenstein, Print

Richard Levine

Mickey Lichtenstein, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


David Gerstein, Euphoria - Paper Cut, Print

David Gerstein

Euphoria - Paper Cut, 2009
31.5 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch


Antonio Mora, Reminiscence, Print

Antonio Mora

Reminiscence, 2018
59.1 x 39.4 inch


Josep Moscardó, Nice, Print

Josep Moscardó

Nice, 2008
17.7 x 55.1 x 0 inch


The Dotmaster, Smile Print set (Astrid, Edgar and Indigo), Print

The Dotmaster

Smile Print set (Astrid, Edgar and Indigo), 2020
35.4 x 41.3 inch


Plastic Jesus, Graffiti is a Crime – Blue Acrylic Screen Print on Paper, Print

Plastic Jesus

Graffiti is a Crime – Blue Acrylic Screen Print on Paper, 2016
24 x 18 inch


Elias Moubarak, Untitled 5, Print

Elias Moubarak

Untitled 5, 2018
9.4 x 13.8 inch


Louis Lambert (3ttman), Déséquilibre Fragile, Print

Louis Lambert (3ttman)

Déséquilibre Fragile, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Giorgiko, Where Are We Now?, Print


Where Are We Now?, 2019
15 x 15 inch


Birgitte Hansen, Memphis 2, Print

Birgitte Hansen

Memphis 2, 2017
22 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Dréa, Le voyage, Print


Le voyage, 2020
28 x 20 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations James Vaulkhard, Bowie, Print

James Vaulkhard

Bowie, 2017
23.5 x 31 x 0.5 inch


Pixelpancho, Horse, Print


Horse, 2016
21 x 33 inch


Ivar Nordhagen, Owl, Print

Ivar Nordhagen

Owl, 2016
24.8 x 21.3 inch


Delia Ruiz Malo, My Jungle, Print

Delia Ruiz Malo

My Jungle, 2020
39.4 x 29.5 x 0 inch


Ramon Moscardó, Café de Paris, Print

Ramon Moscardó

Café de Paris, 2008
18.9 x 27.2 x 0 inch


Kobra & Walsh, Si Dios hubiera piantado el peras en el Eden en lugar del manzano no habria tal inferno, Print

Kobra & Walsh

Si Dios hubiera piantado el peras en el Eden en lugar del manzano no habria tal inferno, 2020
23.6 x 16.9 x 0.4 inch


Marina Núñez, Naturaleza (Isla), Print

Marina Núñez

Naturaleza (Isla), 2019
27.6 x 17.7 inch


Joan Josep Tharrats, Untitled, Print

Joan Josep Tharrats

Untitled, 1960
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Lotario, Estro (a), Print


Estro (a), 2019
23.6 x 16.9 x 0 inch


Rafael Barón, Besame mucho, Print

Rafael Barón

Besame mucho, 2020
9.8 x 9.8 x 0 inch


Decycle, Medusa (serpent), Print


Medusa (serpent), 2017
22.8 x 30.7 inch


Marino Rosa, Marilyn, Print

Marino Rosa

Marilyn, 2019
16.9 x 16.9 x 0 inch


Mark Fontaine, Fashion show@4, Print

Mark Fontaine

Fashion show@4, 2019
16.5 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Danny O'Connor, Reflections of Klimt, Print

Danny O'Connor

Reflections of Klimt, 2019
23.2 x 23.2 x 0.1 inch


Cathy Bélanger, Faucons du soir III, Print

Cathy Bélanger

Faucons du soir III, 2021
14 x 11 x 0.1 inch


Kotcha Kotte, Le Capitaine, Print

Kotcha Kotte

Le Capitaine, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Matali Crasset, La cathédrale dans l’étable, suite, Print

Matali Crasset

La cathédrale dans l’étable, suite, 2017
16.5 x 11.7 x 0.4 inch


Luisa Richter, El Mar del Mundo, Print

Luisa Richter

El Mar del Mundo, 2006
16.8 x 19.7 inch


Yves Noblet, Falaise, Print

Yves Noblet

Falaise, 2019
19.3 x 13 x 0 inch


Dodo, Minnie, Print


Minnie, 2019
19.7 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch


Léa Dedieu, Pavot Édition, Print

Léa Dedieu

Pavot Édition, 2020
16.5 x 11.7 x 0 inch


Milena Ferreira, Reflexões sobre o material, Print

Milena Ferreira

Reflexões sobre o material, 2019
4.1 x 3.1 inch


Tanguy laurent, L'Esseulé, Print

Tanguy laurent

L'Esseulé, 2018
59.1 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch


Yoskay Yamamoto, Carry me away, Print

Yoskay Yamamoto

Carry me away, 2017
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Cyrcle, Sometimes You're an Indian, Print


Sometimes You're an Indian, 2013
20 x 20 inch


Manoel Verdiel, Façades, Print

Manoel Verdiel

Façades, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Jeanne Vaillant, We rose up Slowly, Print

Jeanne Vaillant

We rose up Slowly, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Pierre François, Espace Brassens, Print

Pierre François

Espace Brassens, 1992
22.4 x 18.1 x 0.1 inch


Teresa Margolles, Pista de baile del club 'Centro Lagunero' (Dance floor of the club 'Centro Lagunero'), Print

Teresa Margolles

Pista de baile del club 'Centro Lagunero' (Dance floor of the club 'Centro Lagunero'), 2016
15.7 x 23.6 inch


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