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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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Brusk (DMV), Bullet In Your Mouth, Print

Brusk (DMV)

Bullet In Your Mouth, 2019
38.6 x 29.9 inch


Zevs, Euro liquidated, Print


Euro liquidated, 2016
42.1 x 26 inch


Toctoc, Février 2104, Print


Février 2104, 2020
35.4 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Corneille, Bleu, Print


Bleu, 2008
13.8 x 10.6 x 0.4 inch


Troy Henriksen, Paysage urbain - FRAMED, Print

Troy Henriksen

Paysage urbain - FRAMED, 2012
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Tanc, Sea Scape, Print


Sea Scape, 2019
39.4 x 30.7 inch


Jacques Monory, Meurtre n°5, Print

Jacques Monory

Meurtre n°5, 2014
35.2 x 23.6 inch


Our recommendations Alexandre Monteiro (Hopare), Comportement Ultra, Print

Alexandre Monteiro (Hopare)

Comportement Ultra, 2019
28.7 x 20.9 x 0.4 inch


Luke Newton, Crayons not colts, Print

Luke Newton

Crayons not colts, 2015
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Eduardo Arroyo, Enterrement du Mexique, Print

Eduardo Arroyo

Enterrement du Mexique, 2016
6.1 x 8.5 inch


Alekos Fassianos, Andromaque I, Print

Alekos Fassianos

Andromaque I, 2008
8.7 x 6.7 inch


Stoul, Coffret Figure - Stoul, Print


Coffret Figure - Stoul, 2014
13.6 x 10.8 inch


Faith XLVII, Liberté Egalité Fraternité I, Print


Liberté Egalité Fraternité I, 2019
32.7 x 23.6 inch


Le CyKlop, Irène, Print

Le CyKlop

Irène, 2019
18.5 x 14.6 inch


Lee Bae, Sans titre n°10, Print

Lee Bae

Sans titre n°10, 2018
27.6 x 20.5 inch


François Avril, L'Aube, Print

François Avril

L'Aube, 2017
25.4 x 35.6 inch


Pichi & Avo, The birth of a new myth, Print

Pichi & Avo

The birth of a new myth, 2018
23.6 x 26.8 inch


Philippe Cognée, Casablanca II, Print

Philippe Cognée

Casablanca II, 2003
9.8 x 12.8 inch


Alain Séchas, Trottinette, Print

Alain Séchas

Trottinette, 2018
47.2 x 31.5 inch


Jessica Das, Felix Maximus 1, Print

Jessica Das

Felix Maximus 1, 2014
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Léonard Foujita, Anniversaire / Anniversary, Print

Léonard Foujita

Anniversaire / Anniversary, 2015
28.3 x 24 inch


Luis Feito, Octubre IV, Print

Luis Feito

Octubre IV, 1989
41.3 x 29.5 inch


Mister Pee, Crise d'arborescence, Print

Mister Pee

Crise d'arborescence, 2019
18.5 x 14.6 inch


Paul Jenkins, Sans titre, Print

Paul Jenkins

Sans titre, 1991
8.3 x 5.9 inch


Antonio Saura, Melanchton I, Print

Antonio Saura

Melanchton I, 1996
25.6 x 19.7 inch


ZES, Lasting (Blue Edition), Print


Lasting (Blue Edition), 2019
35.4 x 30.3 inch


Ludovic Debeurme, Fils Masque, Print

Ludovic Debeurme

Fils Masque, 2016
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch


Jacques Loustal, Route Côtière, Print

Jacques Loustal

Route Côtière, 2017
31.9 x 24.6 inch


Thomas Ott, Der Kaiser, Print

Thomas Ott

Der Kaiser, 2018
16.1 x 13.8 inch


Camilla Falsini, Dragon, Print

Camilla Falsini

Dragon, 2019
18.1 x 14.6 inch


Dondi White, Iron Man Lives, Print

Dondi White

Iron Man Lives, 2016
20 x 16 inch


Niels Meulman (Shoe), Unambidextrous Shoe (Blue & Metallic Brown Edition), Print

Niels Meulman (Shoe)

Unambidextrous Shoe (Blue & Metallic Brown Edition), 2019
43.7 x 30.3 inch


Yuichi Yokoyama, Sans Titre, Print

Yuichi Yokoyama

Sans Titre, 2018
16.5 x 12.2 inch


Jean Hélion, Force de la mer I, Print

Jean Hélion

Force de la mer I, 1965
15 x 20.9 inch


Kashink, "La" Grand-Père, Print


"La" Grand-Père, 2019
18.5 x 14.6 inch


Éric Lambé, 19m2, Print

Éric Lambé

19m2, 2017
17.1 x 16.1 inch


Damien Poulain, Nose Long, Print

Damien Poulain

Nose Long, 2019
18.1 x 14.6 inch


Clémence Thienpont, I'm a biche, Print

Clémence Thienpont

I'm a biche, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Rafael Canogar, Pilón, Print

Rafael Canogar

Pilón, 2005
27.6 x 19.7 inch


John Wentz, A Northern Sign, Print

John Wentz

A Northern Sign, 2020
38.2 x 29.1 inch


Myriam Mechita, J’ai absorbé tes rêves comme des nuages noirs, Print

Myriam Mechita

J’ai absorbé tes rêves comme des nuages noirs, 2020
19.7 x 14.6 inch


Pascal Rabaté, Paysage dans le Désordre, Print

Pascal Rabaté

Paysage dans le Désordre, 2018
20.1 x 14.4 inch


Damien Deroubaix, Control, Print

Damien Deroubaix

Control, 2017
27.6 x 33.5 inch


Gilles Barbier, Banana Head, Print

Gilles Barbier

Banana Head, 2018
29.5 x 41.3 inch


Lorenzo Mattotti, Tiepolo 1 (La Danse), Print

Lorenzo Mattotti

Tiepolo 1 (La Danse), 2016
29.7 x 41.7 inch


Michael Vasquez, Block Watch - Tone, Print

Michael Vasquez

Block Watch - Tone, 2019
29.5 x 19.3 inch


Adele Renault, Paris Metro, Print

Adele Renault

Paris Metro, 2020
33.5 x 25.6 inch


Devin Troy Strother, Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Afro, Print

Devin Troy Strother

Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Afro, 2019
27.8 x 35.6 inch


Djamel Tatah, Sans Titre, Print

Djamel Tatah

Sans Titre, 2018
19.3 x 19.3 inch


FKDL, Coffret Figure - FKDL, Print


Coffret Figure - FKDL, 2014
13.6 x 10.8 inch


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Le Moulin Rouge : La Goulue & Valentin le désossé, 1891, Print

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Le Moulin Rouge : La Goulue & Valentin le désossé, 1891, 2020
29.1 x 21.3 inch


Stickymonger, Libération, Print


Libération, 2019
39 x 27.8 inch


Patrice Killoffer, Première Pierre, Print

Patrice Killoffer

Première Pierre, 2017
28 x 34.3 inch


André Verdet, Sans-Titre, Print

André Verdet

Sans-Titre, 2004
19.5 x 15.7 inch


Bernard Pagès, Sans-Titre, Print

Bernard Pagès

Sans-Titre, 2005
19.5 x 15.7 inch


Frédéric Di Martino, Superman, Print

Frédéric Di Martino

Superman, 2004
15.7 x 25.6 x 0.1 inch


Hugues Micol, La Pandilla, Print

Hugues Micol

La Pandilla, 2018
19.8 x 21.7 inch


David Beauchard (David B.), Mon Grand-Père sur le Front, Print

David Beauchard (David B.)

Mon Grand-Père sur le Front, 2017
25.6 x 31.5 inch


Iván Araujo, Serie Bodegón XII, Print

Iván Araujo

Serie Bodegón XII, 2005
11 x 15 inch


Frederic Amat, Depósito, Print

Frederic Amat

Depósito, 1990
29.5 x 41.3 inch


Frédéric Poincelet, Chaussette, Print

Frédéric Poincelet

Chaussette, 2017
23.7 x 30.9 inch


Jochen Gerner, Spreekwoorden, Print

Jochen Gerner

Spreekwoorden, 2017
17.3 x 19.8 inch


Manolo Valdés, Mariana con Abanico, Print

Manolo Valdés

Mariana con Abanico, 1984
19.7 x 13.8 inch


Jean-Pierre Stholl, Hommage à Gustave Doré (coffret), Print

Jean-Pierre Stholl

Hommage à Gustave Doré (coffret), 2013
13.4 x 9.8 inch


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