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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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Pauline Di Valentin, Pink Smoke, Print

Pauline Di Valentin

Pink Smoke, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$87

TMM, James Bond Héritage, Print

TMM

James Bond Héritage, 2020
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$62

Maria Luisa Azzini, Wonderful panoramic view of London in a parallel dimension, Print

Maria Luisa Azzini

Wonderful panoramic view of London in a parallel dimension, 2017
5.7 x 7.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$115

Lesya Rozova, Woman lines, Print

Lesya Rozova

Woman lines, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Print

$186

DLGR, Sanike poster, Print

DLGR

Sanike poster, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$98

Masahito Hiranuma, Douze vues de Paris - Vue n° 1, Print

Masahito Hiranuma

Douze vues de Paris - Vue n° 1, 2019
18.9 x 13 x 0 inch
Print

$248

Kaldea, Nzola, Print

Kaldea

Nzola, 2020
16.5 x 11.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$137

Jean-Samuel Halifi, Homogénéisation, Print

Jean-Samuel Halifi

Homogénéisation, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Print

$621

Sylvie Arlaud, The Great Dictator, Print

Sylvie Arlaud

The Great Dictator, 2015
53.1 x 35.4 x 0 inch
Print

$149

Sane2, Resiste, Print

Sane2

Resiste, 2016
11.7 x 8.3 inch
Print

$61

Venessa Kaiser, Ancient, Print

Venessa Kaiser

Ancient, 2019
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.4 inch
Print

$358

Ohama Raaz, Distraction, Print

Ohama Raaz

Distraction, 2019
15.25 x 11.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$2,233

Our recommendations Benzadid Gani, Treasure, Print

Benzadid Gani

Treasure, 2019
17 x 12 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,433

Pracheta Ahana, Eye for an Eye, Print

Pracheta Ahana

Eye for an Eye, 2017
16.53 x 11.69 x 0.1 inch
Print

$2,149

Fabio Timpanaro, Missing, Print

Fabio Timpanaro

Missing, 2017
10.6 x 7.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$186

Takashi Murakami, MCRST 1962, Print

Takashi Murakami

MCRST 1962, 2011
28.9 x 23 inch
Print

$2,482

Takashi Murakami, !N-CHA!, Print

Takashi Murakami

!N-CHA!, 1999
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$3,351

Takashi Murakami, This World and the World Beyond, Print

Takashi Murakami

This World and the World Beyond, 2013
26.8 x 26.8 inch
Print

$3,227

Nicolas Barrome Forgues, 4ème techno, Print

Nicolas Barrome Forgues

4ème techno, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

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Takashi Murakami, We Are the Jocular Clan 10set, Print

Takashi Murakami

We Are the Jocular Clan 10set, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$14,893

Takashi Murakami, Awakening, Print

Takashi Murakami

Awakening, 2007
28 x 28 inch
Print

$3,972

Takashi Murakami, Time Bokan - Camouflage pink, Print

Takashi Murakami

Time Bokan - Camouflage pink, 2009
19.6 x 19.6 inch
Print

$2,482

Takashi Murakami, Pink time, Print

Takashi Murakami

Pink time, 2008
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,358

Takashi Murakami, Time Bokan, Print

Takashi Murakami

Time Bokan, 2006
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,358

Takashi Murakami, And Then x 6 (Ultramarine: Gunjo), Print

Takashi Murakami

And Then x 6 (Ultramarine: Gunjo), 2013
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,855

Takashi Murakami, Flowers have Bloomed, Print

Takashi Murakami

Flowers have Bloomed, 2000
31.5 x 23.6 inch
Print

$2,358

Takashi Murakami, Me and Mr. DOB, Print

Takashi Murakami

Me and Mr. DOB, 2009
26.8 x 26.8 inch
Print

$3,723

Takashi Murakami, Such Cute Flowers, Print

Takashi Murakami

Such Cute Flowers, 2010
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$3,723

Takashi Murakami, And Then x 6 (Lapis Lazuli: The Superflat Method), Print

Takashi Murakami

And Then x 6 (Lapis Lazuli: The Superflat Method), 2013
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,855

Takashi Murakami, Flower Ball - Sunflower, Print

Takashi Murakami

Flower Ball - Sunflower, 2007
28 x 28 inch
Print

$3,972

Takashi Murakami, Flower Ball - V, Print

Takashi Murakami

Flower Ball - V, 2007
28 x 28 inch
Print

$3,972

Takashi Murakami, Flower Ball - Cosmos, Print

Takashi Murakami

Flower Ball - Cosmos, 2008
28 x 28 inch
Print

$3,972

Takashi Murakami, We Are the Jocular Clan, Print

Takashi Murakami

We Are the Jocular Clan, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$1,862

Takashi Murakami, Time Bokan-Red-Time, Print

Takashi Murakami

Time Bokan-Red-Time, 2009
19.6 x 19.6 inch
Print

$2,482

Takashi Murakami, We Are the Square Jocular Clan 10set, Print

Takashi Murakami

We Are the Square Jocular Clan 10set, 2018
18.7 x 18.7 inch
Print

$14,893

Takashi Murakami, And then and then and then and then and then (Blue), Print

Takashi Murakami

And then and then and then and then and then (Blue), 1999
26.8 x 26.8 inch
Print

$3,723

Takashi Murakami, And then and then and then and then and then (Yellow), Print

Takashi Murakami

And then and then and then and then and then (Yellow), 1999
26.8 x 26.8 inch
Print

$3,723

Takashi Murakami, And then and then and then and then and then (Red), Print

Takashi Murakami

And then and then and then and then and then (Red), 1999
26.8 x 26.8 inch
Print

$3,723

Takashi Murakami, And then and then and then and then and then (Aqua Blue), Print

Takashi Murakami

And then and then and then and then and then (Aqua Blue), 1999
26.8 x 26.8 inch
Print

$3,723

Pauline Di Valentin, Pink Waterfall, Print

Pauline Di Valentin

Pink Waterfall, 2020
23.4 x 16.5 inch
Print

$62

tizlu, Audrey With Butterflies, Print

tizlu

Audrey With Butterflies, 2020
23.4 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$160

Alessandra Bisi, Leaves, Print

Alessandra Bisi

Leaves, 2018
17.7 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$348

Michèle Sylvander, Sans titre, Print

Michèle Sylvander

Sans titre, 2015
45.3 x 31.5 inch
Print

$621

TMM, Batman vs Joker, Print

TMM

Batman vs Joker, 2020
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$62

TMM, Steve Drives Porsche, Print

TMM

Steve Drives Porsche, 2020
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$62

TMM, Tarantino, Print

TMM

Tarantino, 2020
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$62

TMM, Steve 24H, Print

TMM

Steve 24H, 2020
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$62

TMM, Pulp Fiction, Print

TMM

Pulp Fiction, 2020
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$62

TMM, Steve Le Mans, Print

TMM

Steve Le Mans, 2020
9.4 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$62

TMM, Marvel, Print

TMM

Marvel, 2020
9.4 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$62

TMM, Michael Jackson, Print

TMM

Michael Jackson, 2020
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$62

TMM, Jazz & Rock, Print

TMM

Jazz & Rock, 2020
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$62

TMM, Back to the Future, Print

TMM

Back to the Future, 2020
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$62

TMM, Star Wars Dark Side, Print

TMM

Star Wars Dark Side, 2020
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$62

TMM, NBA Legend, Print

TMM

NBA Legend, 2020
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$62

TMM, Clint Eastwood, Print

TMM

Clint Eastwood, 2020
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$62

Maria Luisa Azzini, Futuristic Tokio, Print

Maria Luisa Azzini

Futuristic Tokio, 2017
5.7 x 7.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$115

Maria Luisa Azzini, A view from the Power Station, Print

Maria Luisa Azzini

A view from the Power Station, 2017
5.7 x 7.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$115

Maria Luisa Azzini, The Lost City in Space, Print

Maria Luisa Azzini

The Lost City in Space, 2017
5.7 x 7.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$115

Maria Luisa Azzini, Street Wall City, Print

Maria Luisa Azzini

Street Wall City, 2017
5.7 x 7.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$115

Maria Luisa Azzini, Futuristic Battersea Power Station, Print

Maria Luisa Azzini

Futuristic Battersea Power Station, 2017
5.7 x 7.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$99

Maria Luisa Azzini, Illusion of London, Print

Maria Luisa Azzini

Illusion of London, 2017
5.7 x 7.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$115

Studio Abawé, No Futur, Print

Studio Abawé

No Futur, 2018
8.3 x 11.8 inch
Print

$50

Jacques Monory, Monig Canal91000, Print

Jacques Monory

Monig Canal91000, 1980
29.9 x 21.3 x 0.4 inch
Print

$484

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