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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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Ingela P Arrhenius, On the Go !, Print

Ingela P Arrhenius

On the Go !, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Carl-Henning Pedersen, Le coq de bruyère, Print

Carl-Henning Pedersen

Le coq de bruyère, 1995
29.9 x 22 inch


Luc Médrinal, Série 'Terres brûlées II', Print

Luc Médrinal

Série 'Terres brûlées II', 2018
13 x 13.8 x 0.1 inch


Félix Lazo, AutopoieticSystem_Paris_02, Print

Félix Lazo

AutopoieticSystem_Paris_02, 2016
29.5 x 21.7 inch


Jacques Grison, En VII, Print

Jacques Grison

En VII, 2018
19.7 x 25 x 0 inch


Jean-Luc Moulène, La Main Noire, Print

Jean-Luc Moulène

La Main Noire, 2018
31 x 26.4 inch


FKDL, Coffret Figure - FKDL, Print


Coffret Figure - FKDL, 2014
13.6 x 10.8 inch


Pol Lujan, Chinatown Dec, Print

Pol Lujan

Chinatown Dec, 1990
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Nelson Leirner, Hot dog, Print

Nelson Leirner

Hot dog, 2013
11.8 x 27.6 inch


José Guerrero, Sin titulo I, Print

José Guerrero

Sin titulo I, 1990
24.4 x 17.7 inch


Pakito Bolino, Nicktendo-SS, Print

Pakito Bolino

Nicktendo-SS, 2009
25.6 x 17.7 x 0.1 inch


Jean-Baptiste Sauvage, Rond Rouge, Print

Jean-Baptiste Sauvage

Rond Rouge, 2017
17.3 x 13.4 x 0.1 inch


Taheshi, Sans titre, Print


Sans titre, 2014
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Alicia Mihai, Fronteras, Print

Alicia Mihai

Fronteras, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Nicole Bottet, Sans titre, Print

Nicole Bottet

Sans titre, 2020
9.4 x 15.7 inch


Adele Renault, Paris Metro, Print

Adele Renault

Paris Metro, 2020
33.5 x 25.6 inch


John Wentz, A Northern Sign, Print

John Wentz

A Northern Sign, 2020
38.2 x 29.1 inch


Songlin Ji, Le bougainvillier, Print

Songlin Ji

Le bougainvillier, 2019
11.4 x 8.3 x 0.4 inch


Hideo Takashima, Coffee Blues Black, Print

Hideo Takashima

Coffee Blues Black, 2020
11.4 x 11.4 inch


Adam Turnbull, Sans titre, Print

Adam Turnbull

Sans titre, 2014
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Priscilla Beccari, Couple ustensile, Print

Priscilla Beccari

Couple ustensile, 2018
13.4 x 10.2 inch


Philippe De Lestrange, Le Port d'Honfleur, Print

Philippe De Lestrange

Le Port d'Honfleur, 1998
18.1 x 21.7 x 0.8 inch


JM Robert, Untiteled, Print

JM Robert

Untiteled, 2020
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Chanoir, Chas Zoulous, Print


Chas Zoulous, 2019
23.4 x 16.5 inch


Bill Kane, EM2020-104, Print

Bill Kane

EM2020-104, 2019
20 x 20 inch


Devin Troy Strother, Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Afro, Print

Devin Troy Strother

Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Afro, 2019
27.8 x 35.6 inch


Rol, Wolverine, Print


Wolverine, 2016
17.7 x 12.6 x 0.4 inch


Art Spiegelman, Silent Six, Print

Art Spiegelman

Silent Six, 2018
31.1 x 39.4 inch


Luciano Castelli, Revolving Litho, Print

Luciano Castelli

Revolving Litho, 2018
39.4 x 55.1 inch


Christophe Blain, Aline, Print

Christophe Blain

Aline, 2018
63 x 47.2 inch


Agathe Wagner, Reciprocity 8, Print

Agathe Wagner

Reciprocity 8, 2016
23.6 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch


Édouard Pignon, Sans titre, Print

Édouard Pignon

Sans titre, 1970
22.4 x 17.7 inch


Our recommendations Toma Jankowski, Katma, Print

Toma Jankowski

Katma, 2013
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Marie Labat, Myosotis et Cardamine, Print

Marie Labat

Myosotis et Cardamine, 2018
56.7 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch


Carne Griffiths, Spring Has Come, Print

Carne Griffiths

Spring Has Come, 2015
24.8 x 18.9 x 0.8 inch


Montserrat Casacuberta, Vistas al mar, Print

Montserrat Casacuberta

Vistas al mar, 2002
11.4 x 11 inch


Sandra Gamarra, Los nuevos oradores III, Print

Sandra Gamarra

Los nuevos oradores III, 2010
16.1 x 11.8 inch


Eric Fischl, Sin título 2, Print

Eric Fischl

Sin título 2, 2009
27.6 x 39.4 inch


Matias Faldbakken, Hilux variations 1, Print

Matias Faldbakken

Hilux variations 1, 2014
25.2 x 16.9 inch


Lily Pop, Captain America, Print

Lily Pop

Captain America, 2021
22.8 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Bishop Parigo, Yellow Birds, Print

Bishop Parigo

Yellow Birds, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Cabelo, Without title 1, Print


Without title 1, 2015
37.8 x 28.5 inch


Miodrag Djuric (Dado), Kafka, Print

Miodrag Djuric (Dado)

Kafka, 1984
9.8 x 6.2 inch


Nacho Mariezcurrena, Lo Siento / I'm sorry, Print

Nacho Mariezcurrena

Lo Siento / I'm sorry, 2020
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Noah Borger, Gattica, Print

Noah Borger

Gattica, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


André Verdet, Sans-Titre, Print

André Verdet

Sans-Titre, 2004
19.5 x 15.7 inch


Bernard Pagès, Sans-Titre, Print

Bernard Pagès

Sans-Titre, 2005
19.5 x 15.7 inch


Gloria Muñoz, Bodegons trencats 1, Print

Gloria Muñoz

Bodegons trencats 1, 2020
29.1 x 39.4 inch


Jaume Plensa, Untitled, Print

Jaume Plensa

Untitled, 2020
70.1 x 49.2 inch


Gergana Ivanova, Bipolar Type I, Print

Gergana Ivanova

Bipolar Type I, 2020
6.3 x 6.7 inch


Patrick Marie, La Provence 2, Print

Patrick Marie

La Provence 2, 2019
19.3 x 27.6 x 0 inch

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Kg'akg'am Tshabu, Kori Bustards and Kgom Berries, Print

Kg'akg'am Tshabu

Kori Bustards and Kgom Berries, 2013
19.7 x 25.6 inch


Claudette Schreuders, Mother and Child, Print

Claudette Schreuders

Mother and Child, 2017
15.4 x 11 inch


Stickymonger, Libération, Print


Libération, 2019
39 x 27.8 inch


Our recommendations Melissa Meyer, Love Me Tender, Print

Melissa Meyer

Love Me Tender, 2003
27.2 x 25.2 inch


David Batchelor, Chromoscape 1-10, Print

David Batchelor

Chromoscape 1-10, 2018
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Sabine Finkenauer, Cube, Print

Sabine Finkenauer

Cube, 2016
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Nicolas Pincemin, Sans titre, Print

Nicolas Pincemin

Sans titre, 2017
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Lamarche-Ovize, Blocked images (KIC 8462), Print


Blocked images (KIC 8462), 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Joseph Klibansky, Skies of Tomorrow, Print

Joseph Klibansky

Skies of Tomorrow, 2013
33.5 x 57.5 x 1.2 inch


Paco Lagares, Tres margaritas amarillas, Print

Paco Lagares

Tres margaritas amarillas, 1999
8.3 x 5.7 inch


Alexis Gorodine, Fruits, Print

Alexis Gorodine

Fruits, 2011
19.7 x 25.6 inch


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

Stefan Brüggemann

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


Federico Fellini, I Vitelloni, Print

Federico Fellini

I Vitelloni, 1977
18.5 x 25.2 inch


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