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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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Vincent Sabatier, Campbell, Print

Vincent Sabatier

Campbell, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch

$205 $408

Didier Lourenço, Rocas, Print

Didier Lourenço

Rocas, 2006
15.7 x 38.2 inch


Logan Hicks, Two boats, Print

Logan Hicks

Two boats, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Philippe Hérard, Cent regards 1, Print

Philippe Hérard

Cent regards 1, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 inch


Monk, Camo Polar Bear, Print


Camo Polar Bear, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Yaya Herman Dune, Dalävlen, Print

Yaya Herman Dune

Dalävlen, 2010
22.4 x 28 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Thierry Van Vreckem, Samen onderweg, Print

Thierry Van Vreckem

Samen onderweg, 2018
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Bill Kane, EM-117 Asanga 6, Print

Bill Kane

EM-117 Asanga 6, 2020
84 x 24 x 1.5 inch


Eric Fischl, Sin título 2, Print

Eric Fischl

Sin título 2, 2009
27.6 x 39.4 inch


Tommaso Cascella, Waterpolo, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Tommaso Cascella

Waterpolo, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Claudio Celli, Vulcan, Print

Claudio Celli

Vulcan, 1970
25.2 x 18.5 x 0 inch


Valentina Ratto, Ratla, Print

Valentina Ratto

Ratla, 2019
31.1 x 23.2 inch


Thaddée, Bonne mère, Print


Bonne mère, 2018
27 x 23.6 inch


Maria Luisa Azzini, Wonderful panoramic view of London in a parallel dimension, Print

Maria Luisa Azzini

Wonderful panoramic view of London in a parallel dimension, 2017
5.7 x 7.8 x 0.1 inch


Matteo Mauro, Air, Print

Matteo Mauro

Air, 2019
55.1 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch


Alison Johnson, Flight of Fancy, Print

Alison Johnson

Flight of Fancy, 2017
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.2 inch


Jacques Deperthes, Le hameau sous la neige, Print

Jacques Deperthes

Le hameau sous la neige, 1985
19.7 x 25.6 inch


Leonardo Cremonini, Composition pour les JO, Print

Leonardo Cremonini

Composition pour les JO, 1992
24.8 x 35.4 inch


Edgar Nabla, Long, Print

Edgar Nabla

Long, 2018
39.4 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch


Yoskay Yamamoto, Carry me away, Print

Yoskay Yamamoto

Carry me away, 2017
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Kcho, Regresa vida mia que te espero 3, Print


Regresa vida mia que te espero 3, 2005
23.6 x 31.5 inch


James Bohary, Sitges, Print

James Bohary

Sitges, 1990
27 x 22 inch


Eric Turlot, Tokyo Hotel, Print

Eric Turlot

Tokyo Hotel, 2011
23.6 x 16.5 x 0 inch


Huang Yan, Temple of Heaven, Print

Huang Yan

Temple of Heaven, 2008
35.4 x 46.9 x 0.4 inch


Angel Mateo Charris, Tiki, Print

Angel Mateo Charris

Tiki, 2015
47.6 x 31.5 inch


Renato Manzoni, My Tree, Print

Renato Manzoni

My Tree, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch


Jane Ward, From the Ice-Gulfs, Print

Jane Ward

From the Ice-Gulfs, 2018
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch


Yoakim Bélanger, Alter ego I, Print

Yoakim Bélanger

Alter ego I, 2018
44.1 x 17.3 x 0.4 inch


Georges Dudognon, Jean-Paul Sartre, Boris Vian et Simone de Beauvoir au café le Procope à Saint- Germain-des-Prés, Print

Georges Dudognon

Jean-Paul Sartre, Boris Vian et Simone de Beauvoir au café le Procope à Saint- Germain-des-Prés, 1951
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Jacek Sowicki, Moon's friend, Print

Jacek Sowicki

Moon's friend, 1994
5.5 x 9.1 inch


Gabriel Godard, La Clairière, Print

Gabriel Godard

La Clairière, 1980
18.1 x 11 inch


Jorge Pombo, Ahogos 1, Print

Jorge Pombo

Ahogos 1, 2004
21.3 x 29.5 inch


Mr. Blønde, Sur le pont d'Avignon..., Print

Mr. Blønde

Sur le pont d'Avignon..., 2015
12.6 x 17.7 x 1.6 inch


Mikaël Lafontan, Féro 48, Print

Mikaël Lafontan

Féro 48, 2006
47.2 x 59.1 inch


Jeanne Lula Chauveau, Reconnue, Print

Jeanne Lula Chauveau

Reconnue, 2018
8.3 x 5.8 x 0.1 inch


Marina Mardas, It Was Forever, Print

Marina Mardas

It Was Forever, 2016
11.8 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Michael Lechner, Joyeux Noël et un bon 1980, Print

Michael Lechner

Joyeux Noël et un bon 1980, 1979
14.8 x 11 x 0.4 inch


José Manuel Broto, Sin Titulo, Print

José Manuel Broto

Sin Titulo, 2019
39 x 27.6 inch


Gao Xingjian, S/T, Print

Gao Xingjian

S/T, 2008
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Elias Moubarak, Untitled 4, Print

Elias Moubarak

Untitled 4, 2018
5.9 x 8.7 inch


Gerardo Delgado, Sans titre, Print

Gerardo Delgado

Sans titre, 1987
22 x 29.9 inch


Claire Scofield, Son aura, ses racines, Print

Claire Scofield

Son aura, ses racines, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Terry O'Neill, Faye Dunaway Oscar Ennui Reclining, Print

Terry O'Neill

Faye Dunaway Oscar Ennui Reclining, 1976
24 x 20.1 inch


Manuel Avellaneda, Marina, Print

Manuel Avellaneda

Marina, 2003
22 x 29.9 inch


Amy Leibrand, And And And And And, Print

Amy Leibrand

And And And And And, 2012
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Chuck Elliott, Lyric / deep base, Print

Chuck Elliott

Lyric / deep base, 2014
22.4 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch


Christoffer Relander, Mystic enclosure, Print

Christoffer Relander

Mystic enclosure, 2014
31.5 x 47.2 inch


Rita Marhaug, Horizon, Print

Rita Marhaug

Horizon, 2012
30.3 x 22 inch


Olivier Michel, Méandres II, Print

Olivier Michel

Méandres II, 2017
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Salvador Dali, Don Quichotte - Don Quichotte en lecteur, Print

Salvador Dali

Don Quichotte - Don Quichotte en lecteur, 1957
16.1 x 13 x 0.1 inch


C215, Bring Back Our Girls Blue, Print


Bring Back Our Girls Blue, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Paul Kostabi & Giuseppe Fortunato, KF1020, Print

Paul Kostabi & Giuseppe Fortunato

KF1020, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch


Our recommendations Arman, Melody for Strings IV, Print


Melody for Strings IV, 1990
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Our recommendations Nick Walker, The Morning After Brooklyn / TMA Brooklyn, Print

Nick Walker

The Morning After Brooklyn / TMA Brooklyn, 2016
28.3 x 34.3 inch


Gottfried Salzmann, Silver Building, Print

Gottfried Salzmann

Silver Building, 2010
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Our recommendations Paola Pivi, Fffffffffffffffff one, Print

Paola Pivi

Fffffffffffffffff one, 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Valérie Betoulaud, Le plongeoir bleu, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Le plongeoir bleu, 2017
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Elle et Eux, Print

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Elle et Eux, 2019
23.6 x 31.5 inch


Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Cythère, Print

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Cythère, 2019
27.6 x 39.4 inch


Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Contemplative, Print

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Contemplative, 2019
27.6 x 39.4 inch


Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Love, Print

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Love, 2019
23.6 x 31.5 inch


Death NYC, Tanqueray Spray, Print

Death NYC

Tanqueray Spray, 2013
17.7 x 12.6 x 0 inch

$63 $124

Death NYC, Return Spray, Print

Death NYC

Return Spray, 2015
17.7 x 12.6 x 0 inch

$63 $124

Death NYC, Pickles Bomb Green, Print

Death NYC

Pickles Bomb Green, 2012
17.7 x 12.6 x 0 inch

$63 $124

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