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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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Our recommendations Miss Tic, Dans nos jardins secrets le désir se crée, Print

Miss Tic

Dans nos jardins secrets le désir se crée, 2015
25.6 x 36.2 inch


Our recommendations Xavier Veilhan, Billet Moderniste, Print

Xavier Veilhan

Billet Moderniste, 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Taki 183, 50th Anniversary Print, Print

Taki 183

50th Anniversary Print, 2019
24 x 21.3 inch


Rero, Is your child a tagger, Print


Is your child a tagger, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Jim Dine, Wolfman (Wall), Print

Jim Dine

Wolfman (Wall), 1967
31 x 22 inch


Our recommendations Gianni Motti, Moneybox, Print

Gianni Motti

Moneybox, 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Our recommendations Larry Clark, Keep punching, Print

Larry Clark

Keep punching, 2017
23.6 x 31.5 inch


Our recommendations Waltercio Caldas, WC 56 7, Print

Waltercio Caldas

WC 56 7, 1946
31.1 x 23.6 inch


Charles Lapicque, Le blanc-bec, Print

Charles Lapicque

Le blanc-bec, 1967
15 x 11 inch


Our recommendations Vuk Vidor, French Art History (B), Print

Vuk Vidor

French Art History (B), 2016
39.4 x 27.6 inch


León Ferrari, A un lado por la izquierda, Print

León Ferrari

A un lado por la izquierda, 2009
22 x 15 inch


Berenika Korecka-Sowinska, A Notebook (Cycle-XVII), Print

Berenika Korecka-Sowinska

A Notebook (Cycle-XVII), 2016
19.3 x 27.2 inch


Conrad Marca-Relli, Ibiza II, Print

Conrad Marca-Relli

Ibiza II, 1968
20 x 25 inch


Gabriele de Santis, Manifesto 2017, Print

Gabriele de Santis

Manifesto 2017, 2017
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Our recommendations Liam Gillick, Agriculture, Dentistry, Anarchy..., Print

Liam Gillick

Agriculture, Dentistry, Anarchy..., 2011
25.6 x 31.9 inch


Our recommendations Luis Camnitzer, Portfolio Two parallel lines, Print

Luis Camnitzer

Portfolio Two parallel lines, 2014
11 x 16.9 inch


Our recommendations Ben, De qué tienes miedo?, Print


De qué tienes miedo?, 2006
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Chryssa, Series 6, Print


Series 6, 1979
34 x 32 inch


Christian Jaccard, Fils Noir Sur le Rouge, Print

Christian Jaccard

Fils Noir Sur le Rouge, 1980
24.5 x 19 inch


Allen D'Arcangelo, Smoke Dreams, Print

Allen D'Arcangelo

Smoke Dreams, 1980
26 x 36 inch


Pierre Collin, Titre Le Louvre salle 38 - Vermeer, Print

Pierre Collin

Titre Le Louvre salle 38 - Vermeer, 2012
19.7 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch


Chanoir, Degradation Militante, Print


Degradation Militante, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Carmen Garcia, El barco, Print

Carmen Garcia

El barco, 2000
29.9 x 22 inch


Marie Orensanz, Comunicar energía, Print

Marie Orensanz

Comunicar energía, 2017
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Keymi, Shit, Print


Shit, 2019
18.9 x 14.2 inch


Depose, Cactus pink, Print


Cactus pink, 2018
7.5 x 5.5 inch


Stefan Brüggemann, Portfolio Untitled (Joke & definition), Print

Stefan Brüggemann

Portfolio Untitled (Joke & definition), 2011
33.9 x 39 inch


Yuichi Yokoyama, Sans Titre, Print

Yuichi Yokoyama

Sans Titre, 2018
16.5 x 12.2 inch


Helen Frankenthaler, Un poco más, Print

Helen Frankenthaler

Un poco más, 1987
27.2 x 37 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


Nagsoul, Et ce n'est pas un faux, Print


Et ce n'est pas un faux, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch


Jacob Kassay, Untitled 2/7 (Le Monde), Print

Jacob Kassay

Untitled 2/7 (Le Monde), 2013
20.5 x 27 inch


Our recommendations Pierre Kroll, Météo, Print

Pierre Kroll

Météo, 2014
39.4 x 50 x 1.2 inch


Massimo Agostinelli, Lonely Tylenol, Print

Massimo Agostinelli

Lonely Tylenol, 2014
49.25 x 63 inch


Berdaguer & Péjus, Test d’acuité visuelle martien, Print

Berdaguer & Péjus

Test d’acuité visuelle martien, 2013
29.5 x 19.7 inch


Fernando Bryce, Portfolio INRA, Print

Fernando Bryce

Portfolio INRA, 2009
19.7 x 74.8 inch


Patrick Hamilton, Lanz project, Print

Patrick Hamilton

Lanz project, 2012
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Our recommendations Unica Zurn, Oracles et spectacles 1, Print

Unica Zurn

Oracles et spectacles 1, 1967
12.6 x 9.4 inch


Our recommendations Aurèle, L'Original Bleu, Print


L'Original Bleu, 2015
19.7 x 18.1 inch


Vassily Kandinsky, Composition 2 pour Cahiers d'Art, Print

Vassily Kandinsky

Composition 2 pour Cahiers d'Art, 1932
15.7 x 12.4 x 0.1 inch


José Ángel Vincench, Exile, Print

José Ángel Vincench

Exile, 2019
51.2 x 102.4 x 0.8 inch


Our recommendations Adeshola Makinde, All Power to the people, Print

Adeshola Makinde

All Power to the people, 2020
20 x 16 inch


Maurice Estève, Grande noire, Print

Maurice Estève

Grande noire, 1965
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Dugudus, Combattre L'ignorance, Print


Combattre L'ignorance, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch


SupaKitch, My Playlist, Print


My Playlist, 2007
24.8 x 17.3 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations Robert Barry, Reflexions, Print

Robert Barry

Reflexions, 1991
35.8 x 24.8 x 0 inch


Our recommendations How & Nosm, Only Human (Handfinished), Print

How & Nosm

Only Human (Handfinished), 2019
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Marcel Gromaire, Les Jardiniers, Print

Marcel Gromaire

Les Jardiniers, 1961
12.6 x 9.4 x 0 inch


Agostino Bonalumi, Composizione, Print

Agostino Bonalumi

Composizione, 1970
31.5 x 27.2 inch


Wolfgang Tillmans, Wie wahrscheinlich ist es, dass nur ich recht habe in dieser Sache?, Print

Wolfgang Tillmans

Wie wahrscheinlich ist es, dass nur ich recht habe in dieser Sache?, 2018
11.6 x 8.3 inch


Dondi White, Iron Man Lives, Print

Dondi White

Iron Man Lives, 2016
20 x 16 inch


Eduardo Kac, Lagoglyphs - The Bunny Variations 1, Print

Eduardo Kac

Lagoglyphs - The Bunny Variations 1, 2007
21.3 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Haruhiko Sunagawa, Composition abstraite, Print

Haruhiko Sunagawa

Composition abstraite, 2001
26.8 x 19.3 inch


Our recommendations Jean-Claude Le Floc'h, Opus 382, Print

Jean-Claude Le Floc'h

Opus 382, 1985
19.7 x 13 inch


Our recommendations Josef Albers, The 10th New York Film Festival, Print

Josef Albers

The 10th New York Film Festival, 1972
50 x 26 inch


Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, On ne s'en fout pas, Print

Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen

On ne s'en fout pas, 1916
22 x 15 inch


David Carson, The end of print II, Print

David Carson

The end of print II, 2002
41.3 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch


Amelia Riera I Toyos, Tribut 2, Print

Amelia Riera I Toyos

Tribut 2, 1977
29.9 x 22 inch


Jean-Emile Laboureur, Voeux et souhaits pour le nouvel an, Print

Jean-Emile Laboureur

Voeux et souhaits pour le nouvel an, 1927
5.5 x 3.9 inch


Victor Rodriguez, Cremat IXIC, Print

Victor Rodriguez

Cremat IXIC, 2006
22 x 14.2 x 0 inch


Laure Prouvost, It calms us both 2, Print

Laure Prouvost

It calms us both 2, 2014
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Giò Pomodoro, Fossil, Print

Giò Pomodoro

Fossil, 1955
11 x 15 x 0.1 inch


Soni Irawan, Untitled #1, Print

Soni Irawan

Untitled #1, 2019
11.4 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Antoni Muntadas, Fet a Barcelona, Print

Antoni Muntadas

Fet a Barcelona, 1977
29.9 x 22 x 0.4 inch


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