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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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Corneille, Le seigneur de la savane, Print


Le seigneur de la savane, 1997
18.9 x 14.2 inch


Takashi Murakami, Homage to IKB 1957 E Yellow, Print

Takashi Murakami

Homage to IKB 1957 E Yellow, 2020
27.2 x 20.9 inch


Salvador Dali, Fruits Strawberries, Print

Salvador Dali

Fruits Strawberries, 1970
22 x 15 inch


Mr. Brainwash, Ali American Hero, Print

Mr. Brainwash

Ali American Hero, 2019
55 x 43 inch


Emily Berger, Rubato #10, Print

Emily Berger

Rubato #10, 2019
25.7 x 19.8 inch


Max Ernst, Lieux Commun - Portfolio, Print

Max Ernst

Lieux Commun - Portfolio, 1971
20.5 x 14.6 x 0.8 inch


Jean Arp, Soleil recerclé, Print

Jean Arp

Soleil recerclé, 1966
18.3 x 14.4 inch


Romain Duris, Ring bouche, Print

Romain Duris

Ring bouche, 2017
9.4 x 12.6 inch


Antoni Tapies, Glissement, Print

Antoni Tapies

Glissement, 1981
31.5 x 47.6 inch


Sol LeWitt, A form driven from a rectangular solid (juventudes musicales portfolio), Print

Sol LeWitt

A form driven from a rectangular solid (juventudes musicales portfolio), 1992
29.5 x 21.7 x 0.1 inch

$9,106 $10,118

Mark Kostabi, Merger and Acquisitions, Print

Mark Kostabi

Merger and Acquisitions, 1988
39 x 27.5 x 0.3 inch


Plastic Jesus, Envy 2020, Print

Plastic Jesus

Envy 2020, 2020
24 x 18 inch


Jürg Kreienbühl, La roulotte détruite, Print

Jürg Kreienbühl

La roulotte détruite, 1977
15.6 x 24.2 inch


Guillaume Cornet, Coliseum, Ice, Print

Guillaume Cornet

Coliseum, Ice, 2015
29.9 x 44.1 x 0 inch


Arman, Violons bleus, Print


Violons bleus, 2000
29.7 x 23.2 x 0.1 inch


Marisol Escobar, Blackbird Love, Print

Marisol Escobar

Blackbird Love, 1980
30.25 x 20.5 x 0.1 inch


Hoi Lebadang, Two Horses and Flowers, Print

Hoi Lebadang

Two Horses and Flowers, 1970
42 x 57 x 1 inch


Andrès Nagel, Sans Titre 3, Print

Andrès Nagel

Sans Titre 3, 1991
38.6 x 31.1 x 0 inch


Romina Arcaute, Ona, Print

Romina Arcaute

Ona, 2017
30 x 39 x 2 inch


Marc Desgrandchamps, La Bacchante, Print

Marc Desgrandchamps

La Bacchante, 2005
59.8 x 43.3 inch


JR, Giants, Miguel, Casa Amarela, Morro da Providência, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2018,, Print


Giants, Miguel, Casa Amarela, Morro da Providência, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2018,, 2019
18.1 x 14.2 inch


Bengt Olson, Sans titre, Print

Bengt Olson

Sans titre, 1997
27.2 x 35.8 x 0 inch


Jean-Marie Guiny, Zetun, Print

Jean-Marie Guiny

Zetun, 1954
21.3 x 25.6 x 0.1 inch


Erró, De la série ”A travers…1”, Print


De la série ”A travers…1”, 1994
12.2 x 9.1 inch


Pablo Picasso, Nature Morte au Pot de Grès, Print

Pablo Picasso

Nature Morte au Pot de Grès, 1947
19.7 x 25.6 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Vhils, Mist, Print


Mist, 2021
16.5 x 11.7 inch


Jo Di Bona, Alone 80, Print

Jo Di Bona

Alone 80, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 inch


Atsuko Ishii, On a sunday, Print

Atsuko Ishii

On a sunday, 2020
8.3 x 5.9 x 0.2 inch


Philippe Pasqua, Sans Titre, Print

Philippe Pasqua

Sans Titre, 2010
15.7 x 11.8 inch


CharlElie Couture, Silhouette parisienne, Print

CharlElie Couture

Silhouette parisienne, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Artiste Ouvrier, Eglise Saint-Pierre de Caen - Printemps, Print

Artiste Ouvrier

Eglise Saint-Pierre de Caen - Printemps, 2020
30.1 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


René Magritte, La Leçon de Musique, Son de Cloche, Print

René Magritte

La Leçon de Musique, Son de Cloche, 1968
10.8 x 8.7 x 0 inch


Guy Denning, Edition Die Markte, Print

Guy Denning

Edition Die Markte, 2014
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Zenoy, Estampe rehaussée, Print


Estampe rehaussée, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Our recommendations Jean Miotte, Élegie, Print

Jean Miotte

Élegie, 1992
49.6 x 34.6 inch


Cleon Peterson, This Is Darkness II Gold, Print

Cleon Peterson

This Is Darkness II Gold, 2017
28 x 28 inch


Lionel Borla, Crique Graphique, Print

Lionel Borla

Crique Graphique, 2020
19.7 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch


Peter Klasen, SE 7 fond jaune, Print

Peter Klasen

SE 7 fond jaune, 1991
39.4 x 29.9 inch


Goddog, Sans Titre, Print


Sans Titre, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Nasty, Sous les bombes 19, Print


Sous les bombes 19, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Our recommendations Olivier  Masmonteil, White Pine Nightscape #6, Print

Olivier Masmonteil

White Pine Nightscape #6, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Henri Matisse, Nu assis dans un fauteuil, une jambe repliée, Print

Henri Matisse

Nu assis dans un fauteuil, une jambe repliée, 1922
15.3 x 10.1 x 0 inch


Liu Bolin, Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes, Print

Liu Bolin

Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes, 2017
5.9 x 6.7 inch


Yaacov Agam, Message of peace, Print

Yaacov Agam

Message of peace, 1988
39.8 x 30.7 inch


Shaka, Trame, Print


Trame, 2020
27.2 x 19.3 inch


Man Ray, Une Cathédrale, Print

Man Ray

Une Cathédrale, 1968
14.8 x 11 x 0.2 inch


Our recommendations Ardif, Japanese Peacock Mechanimal, Print


Japanese Peacock Mechanimal, 2019
29.1 x 20.9 x 0.4 inch


Sonia Delaunay, Automne, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Automne, 1965
35.9 x 25.9 x 0.1 inch


Denial, Hermès, Print


Hermès, 2019
24 x 18.1 inch


Jean-Michel Folon, Dream, Print

Jean-Michel Folon

Dream, 1970
11 x 14 x 0.1 inch


Zao Wou-Ki, Sans titre, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Sans titre, 1987
22 x 29.9 x 0 inch


Regina Gimenez, Sin título 1, Print

Regina Gimenez

Sin título 1, 2018
56.3 x 40.6 inch


Death NYC, Queen Dog Snoop, Print

Death NYC

Queen Dog Snoop, 2015
12.6 x 17.7 x 0 inch


Jean-Paul Agosti, Canopée, Print

Jean-Paul Agosti

Canopée, 2002
13.4 x 10.6 inch


MadC, Yin and Yang, Print


Yin and Yang, 2019
29.9 x 22 inch


Georges Braque, Si Je Mourais là-bas: one plate, Print

Georges Braque

Si Je Mourais là-bas: one plate, 1962
28.7 x 18.5 x 0 inch


Fabien Verschaere, New fairy tales, Print

Fabien Verschaere

New fairy tales, 2018
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch


Gum, Teletubbies, Print


Teletubbies, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Fernand Léger, Nature morte à la Coupe de Fruit, Print

Fernand Léger

Nature morte à la Coupe de Fruit, 1950
21.7 x 29.7 x 0.1 inch


Lidia Masllorens, Untitled, Print

Lidia Masllorens

Untitled, 2019
57.5 x 59.1 x 0.4 inch


Romain Froquet, Fertile 2, Print

Romain Froquet

Fertile 2, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Rero, Untitled (Don't Tell Me The Truth...), Print


Untitled (Don't Tell Me The Truth...), 2013
30 x 22 inch


Carlos Cruz-Diez, Color Aditivo Cantarrana 2, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Color Aditivo Cantarrana 2, 2016
27.6 x 39.4 inch


Mr Cenz, IN MY SYSTEM, Print

Mr Cenz

15.7 x 23.6 inch


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