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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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Kerry Darlington, Cherry Blossom, Print

Kerry Darlington

Cherry Blossom, 2021
23.6 x 8.7 x 2 inch


Man Ray, Une Cathédrale, Print

Man Ray

Une Cathédrale, 1968
14.8 x 11 x 0.2 inch


Levalet, Coffret Figure - Levalet, Print


Coffret Figure - Levalet, 2014
13.6 x 10.8 inch


Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Les oeufs hors le nid, Print

Alexander Calder

Les oeufs hors le nid, 1976
19.3 x 26 inch


Marc Chagall, Le Renard et Le Buste, Print

Marc Chagall

Le Renard et Le Buste, 1930
15.6 x 11.6 x 0.1 inch


Zao Wou-Ki, Sans titre, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Sans titre, 1987
22 x 29.9 x 0 inch


François Avril, Bretagne - Vert, Print

François Avril

Bretagne - Vert, 2018
25.2 x 35.6 inch


Jean-Michel Folon, Dream, Print

Jean-Michel Folon

Dream, 1970
11 x 14 x 0.1 inch


Logan Hicks, Two boats, Print

Logan Hicks

Two boats, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Fabrice Hyber, Pépins, Print

Fabrice Hyber

Pépins, 2019
31.5 x 47.2 inch


Claude Lévêque, Golden World, Print

Claude Lévêque

Golden World, 2018
29.5 x 41.3 inch


Leng Bing-Chuan, Whispering, Print

Leng Bing-Chuan

Whispering, 2015
29.1 x 33.7 inch


Brecht Evens, Piscine des Rigoles, Print

Brecht Evens

Piscine des Rigoles, 2018
25.2 x 36 inch


Jana Lottenburger, Série Fouilles variation ADB, Print

Jana Lottenburger

Série Fouilles variation ADB, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch


Sabine Finkenauer, Arbre, Print

Sabine Finkenauer

Arbre, 2020
15.7 x 10.8 inch


Nathalie Grall, En suspens, Print

Nathalie Grall

En suspens, 2008
19.7 x 11.8 inch


Gonzalo Borondo, Fake Paradise, Print

Gonzalo Borondo

Fake Paradise, 2015
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Leonardo Castellani, Seafood, Print

Leonardo Castellani

Seafood, 1943
27.2 x 19.3 x 0 inch


Toti Scialoja, A Shot in the Summer, Print

Toti Scialoja

A Shot in the Summer, 1980
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Fritz Wotruba, Abstract, Print

Fritz Wotruba

Abstract, 1971
18.5 x 24.8 x 0.1 inch


Aris, Aris, Print


Aris, 2017
16.5 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch


David De la Mano, Stateless (Beige Edition), Print

David De la Mano

Stateless (Beige Edition), 2018
35 x 26.8 inch


Kim Westcott, Blackboard, Print

Kim Westcott

Blackboard, 2000
35.4 x 28.3 inch


San Zi, Pure Heart, Print

San Zi

Pure Heart, 2013
4.3 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Antonio Ballester Moreno, Árbol verde, Print

Antonio Ballester Moreno

Árbol verde, 2017
55.1 x 39.4 inch


Fabrice Rebeyrolle, Arbre inversé, Print

Fabrice Rebeyrolle

Arbre inversé, 2018
20.1 x 13.8 inch


Trendafila Trendafilova, Romantic plants 3, Print

Trendafila Trendafilova

Romantic plants 3, 2019
11.8 x 16.5 x 0.1 inch


Jacques Thévenet, The House on the Water, Print

Jacques Thévenet

The House on the Water, 1950
12.8 x 16.5 x 0 inch


Jean Chapin, Nature, Print

Jean Chapin

Nature, 1960
12.8 x 19.9 x 0 inch


Noémie Cédille, La cabane dans la jungle, Print

Noémie Cédille

La cabane dans la jungle, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Antonio Dias, Navegador, Print

Antonio Dias

Navegador, 2015
41.7 x 27.6 inch


Nicolas de Crécy, Un Fantôme sur la Ville, Print

Nicolas de Crécy

Un Fantôme sur la Ville, 2017
25.8 x 33.7 inch


Carne Griffiths, Fly, Print

Carne Griffiths

Fly, 2015
27.6 x 21.7 x 0.8 inch


Renzo Meschis, Roofs in Palermo, Print

Renzo Meschis

Roofs in Palermo, 1989
20.9 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch


Pascal Rabaté, Paysage dans le Désordre (Suite), Print

Pascal Rabaté

Paysage dans le Désordre (Suite), 2018
20.1 x 57.5 inch


Elia Pagliarino, Sans titre (4 couleurs), Print

Elia Pagliarino

Sans titre (4 couleurs), 2020
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Corrado Frateantonio, The Collection of Lemons, Print

Corrado Frateantonio

The Collection of Lemons, 1960
25.2 x 18.9 x 0.1 inch


Manlio Bacosi, Landscape, Print

Manlio Bacosi

Landscape, 1950
15 x 17.9 x 0.1 inch


Piero Gilardi, Inverosimile no.1, Print

Piero Gilardi

Inverosimile no.1, 1990
21.7 x 29.5 x 0 inch


Polo 51.67, His aimess, Print

Polo 51.67

His aimess, 2018
16.1 x 22 inch


Yves Brayer, Chevaux en campagne, Print

Yves Brayer

Chevaux en campagne, 1972
25 x 21.3 inch


David Koloane, City Traffic I, Print

David Koloane

City Traffic I, 2016
14.6 x 16.9 x 0.4 inch


Gabriele De Stefano, Children, Print

Gabriele De Stefano

Children, 1970
39.4 x 26 x 0.1 inch


Nunzio Gulino, Il Colloquio (The Talk), Print

Nunzio Gulino

Il Colloquio (The Talk), 1967
20.5 x 17.3 x 0.1 inch


Lorenzo Mattotti, Tiepolo 1 (La Danse), Print

Lorenzo Mattotti

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


Evgeniya Buravleva, Sculpture, Print

Evgeniya Buravleva

Sculpture, 2018
9.4 x 13 inch


Ria Klaveren-Exel, View of Rotterdam, Print

Ria Klaveren-Exel

View of Rotterdam, 1970
18.2 x 22.6 x 0.1 inch


Emilio Conciatori, Tree, Print

Emilio Conciatori

Tree, 1970
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Maurizio Biagi, Untitled, Print

Maurizio Biagi

Untitled, 1970
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Antonio Russo Sarnelli, The Garden, Print

Antonio Russo Sarnelli

The Garden, 1990
27.4 x 17.7 x 0.1 inch


Guy Bardone, In The Wood, Print

Guy Bardone

In The Wood, 1970
16.7 x 13.4 x 0 inch


Antoine Malliarakis, The Hooded, Print

Antoine Malliarakis

The Hooded, 1977
14 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Tellas, Lago, Print


Lago, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Alexei Lantsev, L'île de Bréhat. Bretagne, Print

Alexei Lantsev

L'île de Bréhat. Bretagne, 2018
7.9 x 11 inch


Dominique Gauthier, Hostinato Noir, Print

Dominique Gauthier

Hostinato Noir, 2008
59.8 x 59.8 inch


Paco Lagares, Estramonio grande, Print

Paco Lagares

Estramonio grande, 1999
18.3 x 8.3 inch


Yaya Herman Dune, Spjutmo, Print

Yaya Herman Dune

Spjutmo, 2010
22.4 x 28 x 0.4 inch


Frédéric Poincelet, Chaussette, Print

Frédéric Poincelet

Chaussette, 2017
23.7 x 30.9 inch


Sumit Mehndiratta, Occupy, Print

Sumit Mehndiratta

Occupy, 2018
32.7 x 50 x 0.8 inch


Roland Topor, Nouvelles en trois lignes 3, Print

Roland Topor

Nouvelles en trois lignes 3, 1975
25.6 x 18.9 inch


Our recommendations Ahmed Shahabuddin, Composition pour les JO, Print

Ahmed Shahabuddin

Composition pour les JO, 1992
24.8 x 35.4 inch


Our recommendations Akané Kirimura, Bios-G-IX, Print

Akané Kirimura

Bios-G-IX, 2016
31.5 x 23.6 inch


Our recommendations Louisa Chase, Untitled (Spooks), Print

Louisa Chase

Untitled (Spooks), 1987
11.8 x 17.5 inch


Pei-Ming Yan, Vanité, Print

Pei-Ming Yan

Vanité, 2012
30.7 x 46.9 x 0.4 inch


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