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Textile Print

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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Menashe Kadishman, Homage to Millet, Print

Menashe Kadishman

Homage to Millet, 2000
35 x 25.5 inch


Didier Lourenço, Pillows, Print

Didier Lourenço

Pillows, 2015
23.6 x 33.9 inch


Troy Henriksen, Paysage urbain - FRAMED, Print

Troy Henriksen

Paysage urbain - FRAMED, 2012
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Kan, London, Print


London, 2015
27.2 x 18.9 inch


Our recommendations Sam Francis, Sulfur Water (SF-86), Print

Sam Francis

Sulfur Water (SF-86), 1967
28 x 19.1 inch


Our recommendations Léonard Foujita, Anniversaire / Anniversary, Print

Léonard Foujita

Anniversaire / Anniversary, 2015
28.3 x 24 inch


Sandro Chia, Il Trovatore, Print

Sandro Chia

Il Trovatore, 1983
30 x 22 inch


Jan Kanty Pawluskiewicz, Wandering around the Read Sea is finished, Print

Jan Kanty Pawluskiewicz

Wandering around the Read Sea is finished, 2017
15 x 21.7 inch


Monk, Camo Polar Bear, Print


Camo Polar Bear, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Mothi Limbu, Bagarre, Print

Mothi Limbu

Bagarre, 2011
37.8 x 52 inch


Janusz Akermann, That's her, my beloved one, Print

Janusz Akermann

That's her, my beloved one, 1996
24.8 x 36.4 inch


Gilles Barbier, Sans titre, Print

Gilles Barbier

Sans titre, 2017
32.3 x 24.4 inch


Anita Molinero, Le jour où le ciel a pissé des boues rouges, Print

Anita Molinero

Le jour où le ciel a pissé des boues rouges, 2018
14.8 x 43.3 x 0.8 inch


Eugénie Fauny, Genius, Print

Eugénie Fauny

Genius, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.3 inch


Jonas Wood, Clipping, Print

Jonas Wood

Clipping, 2017
51 x 51 inch


James Jean, The Editor Night Mode, Print

James Jean

The Editor Night Mode, 2020
27.8 x 21.5 x 0 inch


Stephen Maine, Pitched Planes 131, Print

Stephen Maine

Pitched Planes 131, 2004
24 x 18.9 inch


Our recommendations G.W. Bot, The Keeper, Print

G.W. Bot

The Keeper, 2006
36.2 x 20.5 inch


Helen Frankenthaler, Un poco más, Print

Helen Frankenthaler

Un poco más, 1987
27.2 x 37 inch


Tellas, Lago, Print


Lago, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Luuk De Haan, Straec 26, Print

Luuk De Haan

Straec 26, 2016
39.4 x 28.5 inch


François Morellet, 3 simples trames, Print

François Morellet

3 simples trames, 1959
24.4 x 24.4 inch


Mehryl Levisse, La lignée totémique, Print

Mehryl Levisse

La lignée totémique, 2017
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Samuel Favarica, Chakras, Print

Samuel Favarica

Chakras, 2015
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch


Pierre Boncompain, Fruits d'été, Print

Pierre Boncompain

Fruits d'été, 1990
40.2 x 45.7 x 0.4 inch


Camille Bryen, OPNI, Print

Camille Bryen

OPNI, 1975
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Victoria Horkan, The Knights And Kings, Print

Victoria Horkan

The Knights And Kings, 2019
29.9 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch


Francesco Barilli, American Canyon, Print

Francesco Barilli

American Canyon, 1980
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Ed Moses, Shago 6, Print

Ed Moses

Shago 6, 1989
29.9 x 22 inch


Nathalie Faintuch, NYC, Print

Nathalie Faintuch

NYC, 2018
15.4 x 21.7 inch


Gilles Invernizzi, Sydney (Australie), Print

Gilles Invernizzi

Sydney (Australie), 2019
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Carla Accardi, Abstract, Print

Carla Accardi

Abstract, 1970
18.9 x 25.2 x 0 inch


Ana Mercedes Hoyos, Nudo ma vestido di Mahanasita 4, Print

Ana Mercedes Hoyos

Nudo ma vestido di Mahanasita 4, 2005
29.9 x 22 inch


Manuel Avellaneda, Marina, Print

Manuel Avellaneda

Marina, 2003
22 x 29.9 inch


Wolfgang Gäfgen, Sans titre, Print

Wolfgang Gäfgen

Sans titre, 1970
29.9 x 22 inch


Júlio Pomar, Composition pour les JO, Print

Júlio Pomar

Composition pour les JO, 1992
35.4 x 24.8 inch


Laur Meyrieux, Froissé en lumière, Print

Laur Meyrieux

Froissé en lumière, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Kent Wahlbeck, Figures and Bowl, Print

Kent Wahlbeck

Figures and Bowl, 2015
21.7 x 26.2 x 0 inch

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Guillaume Goutal, Plan de Tours (détail), Print

Guillaume Goutal

Plan de Tours (détail), 2016
29.5 x 25.6 inch


Denis Jutzeler, Composition 3929b, Print

Denis Jutzeler

Composition 3929b, 2017
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Jean Jacques Beaumé, Collage Bleu 1, Print

Jean Jacques Beaumé

Collage Bleu 1, 2018
26 x 41.7 x 0.1 inch


Carlito Dodici, Ak, Print

Carlito Dodici

Ak, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Milton Becerra, Arcturus, Print

Milton Becerra

Arcturus, 2019
23.6 x 17.7 x 0.8 inch


Sojuac, Around the world Limited Edition, Print


Around the world Limited Edition, 2016
23.6 x 29.5 x 1.2 inch


Luigi Gheno, Light Blue Composition, Print

Luigi Gheno

Light Blue Composition, 1972
19.8 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Vincenzo Monti, Orange Langscape, Print

Vincenzo Monti

Orange Langscape, 1970
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Roland Oudot, Still Life with Blue Sky, Print

Roland Oudot

Still Life with Blue Sky, 1960
22 x 14.6 x 0 inch


Tono Zancanaro, Vento del Sud (South Wind), Print

Tono Zancanaro

Vento del Sud (South Wind), 1976
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Rose Wong, Floraison, Print

Rose Wong

Floraison, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Luc Tuymans, Heart (recto) et Handdoek (verso), Print

Luc Tuymans

Heart (recto) et Handdoek (verso), 2010
31.5 x 23.6 inch


Marcos Salvador Romera, Maceta I, Print

Marcos Salvador Romera

Maceta I, 2017
22 x 15.4 inch


Harland Miller, International Lonely Guy, Print

Harland Miller

International Lonely Guy, 2013
23 x 37 inch


P.S. Gordon, Satsuma Vases, Print

P.S. Gordon

Satsuma Vases, 1992
29 x 37 inch


Rachid Koraïchi, Sept variations indigo, Print

Rachid Koraïchi

Sept variations indigo, 2002
38.6 x 36.2 x 0.1 inch


Carine Dewavrin, Un spi à l'eau, Print

Carine Dewavrin

Un spi à l'eau, 2019
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch


Ghislaine Lejard, Canticum misericordiam 4, Print

Ghislaine Lejard

Canticum misericordiam 4, 2017
5.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inch


Fernando de la Rocque, Mulheres são Flores, Homens são Borboletas, Print

Fernando de la Rocque

Mulheres são Flores, Homens são Borboletas, 2014
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Marco Battaglini, Where the hell am I?, Print

Marco Battaglini

Where the hell am I?, 2017
43.3 x 72.8 inch


Shepard Fairey (Obey), Bad Reputation (Black), Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Bad Reputation (Black), 2019
24 x 18.1 inch


Shepard Fairey (Obey), Floral Takeover 2017 (RedBlack), Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Floral Takeover 2017 (RedBlack), 2017
24 x 18.1 inch


Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled, 1980
30.7 x 29.9 inch


Corneille, Femme à la fleur, Print


Femme à la fleur, 1990
37.8 x 37.8 inch


Shepard Fairey (Obey), Keep It Underground, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Keep It Underground, 2015
24 x 18.1 inch


Paola Pivi, One cup of cappuccino then I go, Print

Paola Pivi

One cup of cappuccino then I go, 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch


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