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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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Jeff Gillette, Mickey Covid Johnson & Johnson, Print

Jeff Gillette

Mickey Covid Johnson & Johnson, 2021
1 x 2.4 inch
Print

$296

Albena Vatcheva, Centaur in love 30x42 cm, Print

Albena Vatcheva

Centaur in love 30x42 cm, 2021
16.5 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Print

$113 $124

Red Highs, 420 royalty, Print

Red Highs

420 royalty, 2020
39.4 x 29.1 x 1.6 inch
Print

$1,423

Gaëlle Wagner, Horizon and fir, Print

Gaëlle Wagner

Horizon and fir, 2017
8.3 x 8.3 x 0.4 inch
Print

$249

Fudgie Kaye, Out of the Square, Print

Fudgie Kaye

Out of the Square, 2021
11.7 x 16.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$202

Our recommendations Ronald Hunter, Traffic Yellow Mix, Print

Ronald Hunter

Traffic Yellow Mix, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Print

$178

Bze Bzeland, Love is All, Print

Bze Bzeland

Love is All, 2019
11.8 x 35.4 x 0 inch
Print

$296

Michael Reeder, Beef Teef, Print

Michael Reeder

Beef Teef, 2020
20 x 16 inch
Print

$415

Mathieu Questel, Smoke break, Print

Mathieu Questel

Smoke break, 2018
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$415

Mike Giant, Zero Gravity Orgy, Print

Mike Giant

Zero Gravity Orgy, 2017
18.1 x 18.1 x 0.4 inch
Print

$474

Jean-Louis Mendrisse, La petite tricheuse, Print

Jean-Louis Mendrisse

La petite tricheuse, 2015
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.2 inch
Print

$889

Polo 51.67, His aimess, Print

Polo 51.67

His aimess, 2018
16.1 x 22 inch
Print

$107

Ingela P Arrhenius, Down in the ocean, Print

Ingela P Arrhenius

Down in the ocean, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$47

Our recommendations Enaer, Souvenir - Reproduction digigraphie, Print

Enaer

Souvenir - Reproduction digigraphie, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$296

Théo Lopez, D.I.M 3, Print

Théo Lopez

D.I.M 3, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$178

Eric Roux-Fontaine, Anima Mundi, Print

Eric Roux-Fontaine

Anima Mundi, 2018
26 x 31 inch
Print

$700

Notte, Lost Sphere Tricoloris, Print

Notte

Lost Sphere Tricoloris, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$710

Tatiana Lebedev, Imagina N_55, Print

Tatiana Lebedev

Imagina N_55, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$498

Claire Giraudeau, Urbain brutalisme, Bleu Majorelle, Print

Claire Giraudeau

Urbain brutalisme, Bleu Majorelle, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$415

You Know Me Well, Lamborghini Perfect, Print

You Know Me Well

Lamborghini Perfect, 2020
43.3 x 82.7 x 2.8 inch
Print

$9,600

Stephane Franck Berthelot, Sans titre, Print

Stephane Franck Berthelot

Sans titre, 2018
23.6 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,779

Tekmass, Blue Monday, Print

Tekmass

Blue Monday, 2020
15.7 x 11.7 inch
Print

$119

Michel Boulet, Angele Plexiglas, Print

Michel Boulet

Angele Plexiglas, 2017
43.3 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,779

Claire Prouvost, Astro girl - Reproduction digigraphie, Print

Claire Prouvost

Astro girl - Reproduction digigraphie, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$296

Captain Atlas, Cap Horn - Reproduction digigraphie, Print

Captain Atlas

Cap Horn - Reproduction digigraphie, 2021
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$296

Bete Coutinho, Untitled, Print

Bete Coutinho

Untitled, 2013
24.4 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$889

Laurent Godard, Fripon - Reproduction digigraphie, Print

Laurent Godard

Fripon - Reproduction digigraphie, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$296

Anastasiia Kolibaba, Tairovo, Print

Anastasiia Kolibaba

Tairovo, 2020
11.4 x 13.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$80

Izabela Lewkowicz, Regarde moi - Reproduction digigraphie, Print

Izabela Lewkowicz

Regarde moi - Reproduction digigraphie, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$296

Pierrick Sorin, Pierrick on the Moon_Mission II, Print

Pierrick Sorin

Pierrick on the Moon_Mission II, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$119

Piment Martin, Elle rougit - Reproduction digigraphie, Print

Piment Martin

Elle rougit - Reproduction digigraphie, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$296

Valérie-Anne Bertin, Barque à Ploumanach, Print

Valérie-Anne Bertin

Barque à Ploumanach, 2020
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Print

$107

Annie Galvin, Blanket Bear, Print

Annie Galvin

Blanket Bear, 2016
24 x 15.9 inch
Print

$77

Sandra Suarez, Mico, Print

Sandra Suarez

Mico, 2018
20.1 x 20.1 inch
Print

$237

lou GUS, Jade - Reproduction digigraphie, Print

lou GUS

Jade - Reproduction digigraphie, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$296

Nina Lanner, Beltane, Print

Nina Lanner

Beltane, 2021
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch
Print

$403

Première Base, Located in NYC, Print

Première Base

Located in NYC, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$77

Claire Courdavault, Dancing Queen, Print

Claire Courdavault

Dancing Queen, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 inch
Print

$77

Laura Jordan, Barcelona, Print

Laura Jordan

Barcelona, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 x 2 inch
Print

$1,850 $2,846

Angélo Pierlo, Le chat rouge - Reproduction digigraphie, Print

Angélo Pierlo

Le chat rouge - Reproduction digigraphie, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$296

Jeanne Lula Chauveau, Reconnue, Print

Jeanne Lula Chauveau

Reconnue, 2018
8.3 x 5.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$119

Marina Mardas, It Was Forever, Print

Marina Mardas

It Was Forever, 2016
11.8 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Print

$119

Kaixin Lyu, 32°C - Reproduction digigraphie, Print

Kaixin Lyu

32°C - Reproduction digigraphie, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$296

Jeykill, Solar Flare, Print

Jeykill

Solar Flare, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$178

Veenom, Sans titre, Print

Veenom

Sans titre, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$178

Matthieu Dagorn, Ivory, Print

Matthieu Dagorn

Ivory, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$178

Olivia de Bona, Vos Mains, Print

Olivia de Bona

Vos Mains, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$178

Albena Vatcheva, Sonate pour deux et licorne 30x42 cm, Print

Albena Vatcheva

Sonate pour deux et licorne 30x42 cm, 2021
16.5 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Print

$113 $124

Albena Vatcheva, Le sofa, Print

Albena Vatcheva

Le sofa, 2021
11.8 x 16.5 x 0 inch
Print

$124

Albena Vatcheva, Blanche, Print

Albena Vatcheva

Blanche, 2021
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$70

Albena Vatcheva, Rêvrerie, Print

Albena Vatcheva

Rêvrerie, 2021
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$70

Gaëlle Wagner, Pink and Black, Print

Gaëlle Wagner

Pink and Black, 2017
8.3 x 11.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$249

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Pax Romana, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Pax Romana, 2020
12.3 x 12.3 x 0.1 inch
Print

$296

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Resurrectionem Ex-Mortuis, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Resurrectionem Ex-Mortuis, 2020
7 x 7 x 0.2 inch
Print

$213

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Mea Culpa, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Mea Culpa, 2020
12.3 x 12.3 x 0.1 inch
Print

$296

C215, Bring Back Our Girls Blue, Print

C215

Bring Back Our Girls Blue, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$344

C215, Bring Back Our Girls Red, Print

C215

Bring Back Our Girls Red, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$344

François Schuiten, La Type 12 - Paris-Bruxelles, Print

François Schuiten

La Type 12 - Paris-Bruxelles, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$119

Our recommendations Vhils, Mist, Print

Vhils

Mist, 2021
16.5 x 11.7 inch
Print

$1,162

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Lenin Stamp, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Lenin Stamp, 2018
37.4 x 28 inch
Print

$2,609

François Schuiten, Le rêve de Fry Richardson, Print

François Schuiten

Le rêve de Fry Richardson, 2020
23.6 x 27.6 inch
Print

$356

François Schuiten, Jugendcity, Print

François Schuiten

Jugendcity, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$119

François Schuiten, La Type 29 - Entrée en Gare de Schaerbeek, Print

François Schuiten

La Type 29 - Entrée en Gare de Schaerbeek, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$119

Our recommendations Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Le Pont Neuf, Print

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Le Pont Neuf, 2020
9.8 x 7.5 inch
Print

$2,964

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