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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
Print

$734

Our recommendations Xavier Veilhan, Billet Moderniste, Print

Xavier Veilhan

Billet Moderniste, 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$426

Taki 183, 50th Anniversary Print, Print

Taki 183

50th Anniversary Print, 2019
24 x 21.3 inch
Print

$474

Rero, Is your child a tagger, Print

Rero

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

$1,184

Our recommendations Jim Dine, Wolfman (Wall), Print

Jim Dine

Wolfman (Wall), 1967
31 x 22 inch
Print

$2,500

Our recommendations Gianni Motti, Moneybox, Print

Gianni Motti

Moneybox, 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$426

Our recommendations Larry Clark, Keep punching, Print

Larry Clark

Keep punching, 2017
23.6 x 31.5 inch
Print

$1,421

Our recommendations Waltercio Caldas, WC 56 7, Print

Waltercio Caldas

WC 56 7, 1946
31.1 x 23.6 inch
Print

$2,132

Charles Lapicque, Le blanc-bec, Print

Charles Lapicque

Le blanc-bec, 1967
15 x 11 inch
Print

$118

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

Vuk Vidor

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

$474

León Ferrari, A un lado por la izquierda, Print

León Ferrari

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

$1,184

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

Berenika Korecka-Sowinska

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

$414

Conrad Marca-Relli, Ibiza II, Print

Conrad Marca-Relli

Ibiza II, 1968
20 x 25 inch
Print

$3,000

Gabriele de Santis, Manifesto 2017, Print

Gabriele de Santis

Manifesto 2017, 2017
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$2,369

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

Liam Gillick

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

$10,066

Our recommendations Luis Camnitzer, Portfolio Two parallel lines, Print

Luis Camnitzer

Portfolio Two parallel lines, 2014
11 x 16.9 inch
Print

$10,658

Our recommendations Ben, De qué tienes miedo?, Print

Ben

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

$2,132

Chryssa, Series 6, Print

Chryssa

Series 6, 1979
34 x 32 inch
Print

$1,800

Christian Jaccard, Fils Noir Sur le Rouge, Print

Christian Jaccard

Fils Noir Sur le Rouge, 1980
24.5 x 19 inch
Print

$1,500

Allen D'Arcangelo, Smoke Dreams, Print

Allen D'Arcangelo

Smoke Dreams, 1980
26 x 36 inch
Print

$1,800

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
Print

$497

Chanoir, Degradation Militante, Print

Chanoir

Degradation Militante, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$711

Carmen Garcia, El barco, Print

Carmen Garcia

El barco, 2000
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$423

Marie Orensanz, Comunicar energía, Print

Marie Orensanz

Comunicar energía, 2017
11.8 x 15.7 inch
Print

$1,184

Keymi, Shit, Print

Keymi

Shit, 2019
18.9 x 14.2 inch
Print

$237

Depose, Cactus pink, Print

Depose

Cactus pink, 2018
7.5 x 5.5 inch
Print

$94

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

Stefan Brüggemann

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

$2,369

Yuichi Yokoyama, Sans Titre, Print

Yuichi Yokoyama

Sans Titre, 2018
16.5 x 12.2 inch
Print

$296

Helen Frankenthaler, Un poco más, Print

Helen Frankenthaler

Un poco más, 1987
27.2 x 37 inch
Print

$7,106

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

Jean-Pierre Stholl

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

$3,316

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

Nagsoul

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

$142

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

Jacob Kassay

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

$6,513

Our recommendations Pierre Kroll, Météo, Print

Pierre Kroll

Météo, 2014
39.4 x 50 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,990

Massimo Agostinelli, Lonely Tylenol, Print

Massimo Agostinelli

Lonely Tylenol, 2014
49.25 x 63 inch
Print

$24,000

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

Berdaguer & Péjus

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

$533

Fernando Bryce, Portfolio INRA, Print

Fernando Bryce

Portfolio INRA, 2009
19.7 x 74.8 inch
Print

$3,553

Patrick Hamilton, Lanz project, Print

Patrick Hamilton

Lanz project, 2012
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$5,329

Our recommendations Unica Zurn, Oracles et spectacles 1, Print

Unica Zurn

Oracles et spectacles 1, 1967
12.6 x 9.4 inch
Print

$1,184

Our recommendations Aurèle, L'Original Bleu, Print

Aurèle

L'Original Bleu, 2015
19.7 x 18.1 inch
Print

$947

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
Print

$10,658

José Ángel Vincench, Exile, Print

José Ángel Vincench

Exile, 2019
51.2 x 102.4 x 0.8 inch
Print

$25,580

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

Adeshola Makinde

All Power to the people, 2020
20 x 16 inch
Print

$1,500

Maurice Estève, Grande noire, Print

Maurice Estève

Grande noire, 1965
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,369

Dugudus, Combattre L'ignorance, Print

Dugudus

Combattre L'ignorance, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$107

SupaKitch, My Playlist, Print

SupaKitch

My Playlist, 2007
24.8 x 17.3 x 0.1 inch
Print

$414

Our recommendations Robert Barry, Reflexions, Print

Robert Barry

Reflexions, 1991
35.8 x 24.8 x 0 inch
Print

$1,421

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

How & Nosm

Only Human (Handfinished), 2019
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,421

Marcel Gromaire, Les Jardiniers, Print

Marcel Gromaire

Les Jardiniers, 1961
12.6 x 9.4 x 0 inch
Print

$414

Agostino Bonalumi, Composizione, Print

Agostino Bonalumi

Composizione, 1970
31.5 x 27.2 inch
Print

$580

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
Print

$1,421

Dondi White, Iron Man Lives, Print

Dondi White

Iron Man Lives, 2016
20 x 16 inch
Print

$1,421

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
Print

$1,421

Haruhiko Sunagawa, Composition abstraite, Print

Haruhiko Sunagawa

Composition abstraite, 2001
26.8 x 19.3 inch
Print

$533

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

Jean-Claude Le Floc'h

Opus 382, 1985
19.7 x 13 inch
Print

$888

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

Josef Albers

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

$2,500

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

Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen

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

$414

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
Print

$1,361

Amelia Riera I Toyos, Tribut 2, Print

Amelia Riera I Toyos

Tribut 2, 1977
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$1,007

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
Print

$533

Victor Rodriguez, Cremat IXIC, Print

Victor Rodriguez

Cremat IXIC, 2006
22 x 14.2 x 0 inch
Print

$474

Laure Prouvost, It calms us both 2, Print

Laure Prouvost

It calms us both 2, 2014
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Print

$1,658

Giò Pomodoro, Fossil, Print

Giò Pomodoro

Fossil, 1955
11 x 15 x 0.1 inch
Print

$414

Soni Irawan, Untitled #1, Print

Soni Irawan

Untitled #1, 2019
11.4 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$592

Antoni Muntadas, Fet a Barcelona, Print

Antoni Muntadas

Fet a Barcelona, 1977
29.9 x 22 x 0.4 inch
Print

$829

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