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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), Justice Woman Red, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Justice Woman Red, 2021
24 x 18.1 inch
Print

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Salvador Dali, Memories of Surrealism / Angel of Dada Surrealism, Print

Salvador Dali

Memories of Surrealism / Angel of Dada Surrealism, 1971
20.7 x 16.3 inch
Print

$2,893

Joan Miró, Lithographs II (M. 1042), Print

Joan Miró

Lithographs II (M. 1042), 1972
14.38 x 21.75 inch
Print

$6,000

Jordi Alcaraz, Parlar sol (II), Print

Jordi Alcaraz

Parlar sol (II), 2021
49.6 x 35.4 inch
Print

$7,232

Peter Klasen, Sans titre, Print

Peter Klasen

Sans titre, 1974
19.7 x 25.6 x 0 inch
Print

$663

Vitaliy Lishko, Landscape X3/Col, Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Landscape X3/Col, 2021
8.3 x 5.9 x 0 inch
Print

$127 $181

Ladislas Kijno, Composition bleue, Print

Ladislas Kijno

Composition bleue, 1980
31.9 x 24.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,326

Fernand Léger, Bonne pensée du matin, Print

Fernand Léger

Bonne pensée du matin, 1949
12.6 x 9.8 inch
Print

$2,893

Jean Arp, Soleil recerclé, Print

Jean Arp

Soleil recerclé, 1966
21.5 x 17.3 inch
Print

$3,013

Gustave Singier, Envol, Print

Gustave Singier

Envol, 1971
25.8 x 19.7 inch
Print

$783

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Induction Chromatique, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Induction Chromatique, 1973
13.4 x 13.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$4,821

Sol LeWitt, Forms Derived From a Cube, Print

Sol LeWitt

Forms Derived From a Cube, 1964
20.5 x 20.5 inch
Print

$7,955

André Masson, La Dame au labyrinthe, Print

André Masson

La Dame au labyrinthe, 1962
15 x 11 inch
Print

$723

Jeff Gillette, H Bomb, Print

Jeff Gillette

H Bomb, 2010
18.1 x 18.1 x 0 inch
Print

$849

Yaacov Agam, Dyptique rencontre, Print

Yaacov Agam

Dyptique rencontre, 2011
18.1 x 10.1 x 0.7 inch
Print

$6,509

David Shrigley, Untitled (Wine - Drink it Quickly), Print

David Shrigley

Untitled (Wine - Drink it Quickly), 2021
29.5 x 22 inch
Print

$8,821

Jim Dine, Wolfman (Wall), Print

Jim Dine

Wolfman (Wall), 1967
31 x 22 inch
Print

$2,500

Pedro Friedeberg, Teatro Microbiotico, Print

Pedro Friedeberg

Teatro Microbiotico, 1987
24 x 24 inch
Print

$1,200

Hunt Slonem, Anaconda II, Print

Hunt Slonem

Anaconda II, 1980
30 x 22 inch
Print

$750

Luiza Kasprzyk, XVII, Print

Luiza Kasprzyk

XVII, 2021
16.5 x 35.4 inch
Print

$482

Petr Strnad, Format #602, Print

Petr Strnad

Format #602, 2021
20 x 15 x 0 inch
Print

$96

António Canau, A possible portrait of the COVID-19 Virus, Print

António Canau

A possible portrait of the COVID-19 Virus, 2020
17.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$904

Ramos Sanchez, Bison with Aloe Plants, Print

Ramos Sanchez

Bison with Aloe Plants, 2015
10.5 x 14 inch
Print

$360

Eve Saint Jean, Anxiety, Print

Eve Saint Jean

Anxiety, 2021
8 x 8 inch
Print

$200

Sameer Tawde, Dialogues of an introver #7, Print

Sameer Tawde

Dialogues of an introver #7, 2018
30 x 40 inch
Print

$3,000

Alfred Manessier, L'enfant dans la cité des ombres, Print

Alfred Manessier

L'enfant dans la cité des ombres, 1978
15 x 11.2 inch
Print

$362

Jean-Michel Atlan, Sans Titre, Print

Jean-Michel Atlan

Sans Titre, 1959
21.9 x 17.5 inch
Print

$1,446

Emi, Transiency, Print

Emi

Transiency, 2020
16.5 x 11.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$249

Joël Ducorroy, Poster d'une oeuvre célèbre, Print

Joël Ducorroy

Poster d'une oeuvre célèbre, 1999
29.9 x 22 x 0.2 inch
Print

$434

Nissan Engel, Carnaval, Print

Nissan Engel

Carnaval, 1931
31.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$422

Michèle Battut, Venise, Print

Michèle Battut

Venise, 1946
28.9 x 35.4 inch
Print

$217

Static, Lani LDT, Print

Static

Lani LDT, 2019
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$904

Jean-Michel Noquet, Sur la côte Normande, Print

Jean-Michel Noquet

Sur la côte Normande, 1950
23.8 x 31.9 inch
Print

$145

Gaëlle Wagner, Diagonales Lavande et Rose, Print

Gaëlle Wagner

Diagonales Lavande et Rose, 2018
12.2 x 12.2 x 0.4 inch
Print

$115

Osanne Nègre, Bocage aux limosas, Print

Osanne Nègre

Bocage aux limosas, 1934
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$181

Sylvie Riclet, Bouquet de lys, Print

Sylvie Riclet

Bouquet de lys, 1959
25.6 x 18.9 inch
Print

$121

Michel Bez, Voiliers, Print

Michel Bez

Voiliers, 1951
21.3 x 29.9 inch
Print

$229

George Braque, "Lettera Amorosa" : Le rapace, Print

George Braque

"Lettera Amorosa" : Le rapace, 1963
15 x 11 inch
Print

$4,580

Jacques Lipchitz, Hommage à Picasso, Print

Jacques Lipchitz

Hommage à Picasso, 1973
30.9 x 22.6 inch
Print

$422

Takashi Murakami, We Are The Jocular Clan (7), Print

Takashi Murakami

We Are The Jocular Clan (7), 2018
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$1,302

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

JR

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

$1,341

Victor Vasarely, Mixed Blue Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Mixed Blue Composition, 1989
27.6 x 22.4 x 0 inch
Print

$1,567

Valerio Adami, The Flageolet, Print

Valerio Adami

The Flageolet, 1990
27.6 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$699

William Sweetlove, Olympic Stars Between Rabbits, Print

William Sweetlove

Olympic Stars Between Rabbits, 2008
37 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$542

Liu Bolin, Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes, Print

Liu Bolin

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

$603

Pierre Alechinsky, Ophtalmologue, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Ophtalmologue, 1972
29.1 x 21.3 x 0.1 inch
Print

$2,652

Jérôme Mesnager, La ronde des coeurs, Print

Jérôme Mesnager

La ronde des coeurs, 2016
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$603

Arman, Violons bleus, Print

Arman

Violons bleus, 2000
29.7 x 23.2 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,687

Corneille, La venue de l’oiseau, Print

Corneille

La venue de l’oiseau, 1999
20.5 x 26 inch
Print

$783

L'Atlas, Just another seal, Print

L'Atlas

Just another seal, 2020
22 x 22 inch
Print

$386

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
Print

$11,450

Erró, Avoir un moyen, Print

Erró

Avoir un moyen, 1996
26.8 x 19.3 inch
Print

$603

Man Ray, Une Cathédrale, Print

Man Ray

Une Cathédrale, 1968
14.8 x 11 x 0.2 inch
Print

$2,652

Hervé Di Rosa, Boucherie, triperie, volaille, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

Boucherie, triperie, volaille, 2009
23.4 x 16.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$844

Nora Ampova, Trump Ostrich, Print

Nora Ampova

Trump Ostrich, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$470

Le Corbusier, Untitled, Print

Le Corbusier

Untitled, 1953
22.4 x 17.7 x 0 inch
Print

$6,629

César Baldaccini, Portrait de compression de drapeaux Français, Print

César Baldaccini

Portrait de compression de drapeaux Français, 1989
29.9 x 23.2 inch
Print

$904

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
Print

$6,750

Jo Di Bona, Space Monkey, Print

Jo Di Bona

Space Monkey, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

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Our recommendations Gottfried Salzmann, Lehmann Brothers, Print

Gottfried Salzmann

Lehmann Brothers, 2010
19.7 x 29.5 inch
Print

$796

Our recommendations Jean Miotte, Élegie, Print

Jean Miotte

Élegie, 1992
49.6 x 34.6 inch
Print

$1,145

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

Rero

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

$1,500

Louis Toffoli, Jérusalem, Print

Louis Toffoli

Jérusalem, 1996
24.8 x 35.4 inch
Print

$904

Our recommendations Joanne Freeman, Covers 3 Ultramarine, Print

Joanne Freeman

Covers 3 Ultramarine, 2017
28 x 26 inch
Print

$1,623

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