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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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Shepard Fairey (Obey), Chinese Soldiers, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Chinese Soldiers, 2006
24 x 18.1 inch


RNST, Resist, Print


Resist, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Valerio Adami, Lire, Print

Valerio Adami

Lire, 2009
9.1 x 5.5 inch


Paxal, Le baiser remix / Tribute to Klimt, Print


Le baiser remix / Tribute to Klimt, 2021
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Gavin Mitchell, Skatepark I (Small Format), Print

Gavin Mitchell

Skatepark I (Small Format), 2020
19.7 x 13.8 x 0 inch

$398 $443

Vincent Sabatier, Campbell, Print

Vincent Sabatier

Campbell, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Bisco Smith, As Above So Below, Print

Bisco Smith

As Above So Below, 2019
29.9 x 22.4 inch


Taki 183, I Heart NY: Red Edition, Print

Taki 183

I Heart NY: Red Edition, 2021
20.1 x 20.1 inch


Neno Ramos, Bal masqué 2020, Print

Neno Ramos

Bal masqué 2020, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Pierre Alechinsky, Galactic Flying Objects, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Galactic Flying Objects, 1978
25.5 x 18.5 inch


Cryptik, Rumi, Print


Rumi, 2021
29.9 x 22 inch


Sandra Chevrier, La Cage et le Pouvoir des Dieux, Print

Sandra Chevrier

La Cage et le Pouvoir des Dieux, 2017
30.7 x 24 inch


César Andrade, Linigrama 205, Print

César Andrade

Linigrama 205, 1986
20.5 x 16.5 inch


John Matos Crash, X-Men Suite: Wolverine; Storm; Magento; Cyclops (Four Artworks), Print

John Matos Crash

X-Men Suite: Wolverine; Storm; Magento; Cyclops (Four Artworks), 2000
24 x 18 inch


Hervé Di Rosa, Canton de Montpellier 3, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

Canton de Montpellier 3, 1995
21.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Bernard Buffet, Un Clown, Print

Bernard Buffet

Un Clown, 1968
28.5 x 20 inch


Dran, La Patineuse, Print


La Patineuse, 2018
16.5 x 11.7 inch


David Hockney, Lathe and Fire, Print

David Hockney

Lathe and Fire, 1969
6.3 x 6.7 inch


Françoise Pétrovitch, Petits dans un lit, Print

Françoise Pétrovitch

Petits dans un lit, 2011
18.3 x 24.4 x 0 inch


Seth, Pionnier, Print


Pionnier, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Jef Aérosol, This world is (y)our world, Print

Jef Aérosol

This world is (y)our world, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 inch


FAILE, Visions Victoire, Print


Visions Victoire, 2017
39.4 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Dface, Romance, Print


Romance, 2020
29.1 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Finbarr DAC, Selenaia, Print

Finbarr DAC

Selenaia, 2019
29.9 x 22 x 0.4 inch


Agent X, Butterfly 74, Print

Agent X

Butterfly 74, 2021
28.3 x 39.8 inch


C215, Yoda XL, Print


Yoda XL, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Donald Sultan, Big Red, Sept 14, 2014 (from Big Poppies), Print

Donald Sultan

Big Red, Sept 14, 2014 (from Big Poppies), 2014
60 x 60 inch


Johnathan Ball, King of the North, Print

Johnathan Ball

King of the North, 2019
20 x 16 inch


Romina Animor Lazzaro, Sunflower, Print

Romina Animor Lazzaro

Sunflower, 2020
7.2 x 5.1 inch


Sunny Jim, Alimata, Print

Sunny Jim

Alimata, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Jan Dobkowski, Pranskter, Print

Jan Dobkowski

Pranskter, 2020
11.8 x 8.7 inch


Alevtyna Ziuban, 2020, Print

Alevtyna Ziuban

2020, 2020
22 x 27.6 inch


Ole Ahlberg, Tintin au pays des nuages, Print

Ole Ahlberg

Tintin au pays des nuages, 2018
26 x 22 inch


Dan McCarthy, Paris, Texas / Sunrise, Print

Dan McCarthy

Paris, Texas / Sunrise, 2019
23.5 x 35 inch


Enzo Maiolino, Composizione concreta, Print

Enzo Maiolino

Composizione concreta, 1997
22.5 x 22.5 x 0 inch


Laurent Durieux, Bureau des Légendes - Saison 5, Print

Laurent Durieux

Bureau des Légendes - Saison 5, 2020
36 x 24 inch


Our recommendations François Schuiten, Ralentir, Print

François Schuiten

Ralentir, 2021
31.5 x 23.6 inch


Speedy Graphito, Love Therapy, Print

Speedy Graphito

Love Therapy, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 inch

$569 $759

Gomor, Above the sky, Print


Above the sky, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Okuda, Rainbow Rider, Print


Rainbow Rider, 2019
24 x 34.3 inch


Sophie Petetin, PRINTEMPS FOU, Print

Sophie Petetin

15.7 x 15.7 x 0.2 inch


Franck Noto a.k.a. Zest, Toy, Print

Franck Noto a.k.a. Zest

Toy, 2017
30.3 x 30.7 inch


Ron English, Star Skull, Print

Ron English

Star Skull, 2019
24 x 24 x 0 inch


Romero Britto, The Pink Elephant, Print

Romero Britto

The Pink Elephant, 2017
35.4 x 28.3 inch


Our recommendations Jean-Charles De Castelbajac, Un monde riant, Print

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

Un monde riant, 2017
35 x 23.8 inch


Valérie Betoulaud, Salutation au soleil - rose jaune, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Salutation au soleil - rose jaune, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Nicolas Barrome Forgues, Mostera, Print

Nicolas Barrome Forgues

Mostera, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Felipe Pantone, Integration System P01 FP377YYF, Print

Felipe Pantone

Integration System P01 FP377YYF, 2019
25.2 x 25.2 inch


Kan, London, Print


London, 2015
27.2 x 18.9 inch


Pola 4.0, Andy Warhol et Basquiat  #1900056 n°15/50, Print

Pola 4.0

Andy Warhol et Basquiat #1900056 n°15/50, 2019
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.2 inch


Logan Hicks, Two boats, Print

Logan Hicks

Two boats, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Hush, Faces 1 & 2, Print


Faces 1 & 2, 2019
11.8 x 18.1 inch


Le CyKlop, Anatomik Eye Ball, Print

Le CyKlop

Anatomik Eye Ball, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Aiiroh, Troopers, Print


Troopers, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations Add Fuel, Home Street Home, épreuve d'artiste AP, Print

Add Fuel

Home Street Home, épreuve d'artiste AP, 2015
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Miguel Ángel Belinchón Bujes Belin, Natalia, Print

Miguel Ángel Belinchón Bujes Belin

Natalia, 2017
46.1 x 30.7 inch


Severine Dietrich, Eclipse #1, Print

Severine Dietrich

Eclipse #1, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Tristan Eaton, Frankenstein 3D, Print

Tristan Eaton

Frankenstein 3D, 2020
23.6 x 24.8 x 0.4 inch


Jeff Gillette, Goofy Slums, Print

Jeff Gillette

Goofy Slums, 2020
12 x 16 inch


Our recommendations Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Le Pont Neuf, Print

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Le Pont Neuf, 2020
9.8 x 7.5 inch


Ludo, 344, Print


344, 2014
21.7 x 23.6 inch


Sonia Alins, Hacia el Fondo del Mar, Print

Sonia Alins

Hacia el Fondo del Mar, 2020
19.5 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch

$285 $316

Zoran Mishe, Pleasure II – Silver edition, Print

Zoran Mishe

Pleasure II – Silver edition, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Icy & Sot, Break Free, Print

Icy & Sot

Break Free, 2020
25 x 19 x 0 inch


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