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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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Victor Vasarely, Deep blue composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Deep blue composition, 1980
29.9 x 22 inch


CharlElie Couture, Silhouette parisienne, Print

CharlElie Couture

Silhouette parisienne, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Our recommendations Christophe Charbonnel, David, Print

Christophe Charbonnel

David, 2016
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Claude Viallat, Sans Titre, Print

Claude Viallat

Sans Titre, 2004
47.2 x 45.3 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations Egon Schiele, Portrait de Gerti / Portrait of Gerti Schiele (Gerti Schiele in a Plaid Garment) - 1909, Print

Egon Schiele

Portrait de Gerti / Portrait of Gerti Schiele (Gerti Schiele in a Plaid Garment) - 1909, 2013
35.4 x 17.7 inch


L'Atlas, Caeruleum, Print


Caeruleum, 2021
20.5 x 20.5 inch


François Schuiten, Ralentir, Print

François Schuiten

Ralentir, 2021
31.5 x 23.6 inch


Kaws, NVG Gone, Print


NVG Gone, 2019
16.9 x 13.4 inch


Levalet, Crash test (Superman), Print


Crash test (Superman), 2020
31.5 x 23.6 inch


Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Etude de jeune fille, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude de jeune fille, 1998
23.6 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


Artiste Ouvrier, Eglise Saint-Pierre de Caen - Printemps, Print

Artiste Ouvrier

Eglise Saint-Pierre de Caen - Printemps, 2020
30.1 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Goddog, Cyclade, Print


Cyclade, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Onemizer, Corona plus y'en a encore !, Print


Corona plus y'en a encore !, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


RNST, Edition RNST sur béton, Print


Edition RNST sur béton, 2020
11.8 x 9.4 x 1.6 inch

$475 $559

Ghost Art, Time is money, Print

Ghost Art

Time is money, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Our recommendations Felipe Pantone, Subtractive Variability P 3, Print

Felipe Pantone

Subtractive Variability P 3, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Clet Abraham, Poliziotto Innamorato, Print

Clet Abraham

Poliziotto Innamorato, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 inch


Julien Raynaud, Love, Print

Julien Raynaud

Love, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Patrick Villas, La courtisane, Print

Patrick Villas

La courtisane, 2020
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch


Zenoy, Estampe rehaussée, Print


Estampe rehaussée, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Our recommendations Sophie Calle, Les seins miraculeux, Print

Sophie Calle

Les seins miraculeux, 2013
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Didier Lourenço, Rocas, Print

Didier Lourenço

Rocas, 2006
15.7 x 38.2 inch


Gottfried Salzmann, New York by Night, Print

Gottfried Salzmann

New York by Night, 2015
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Valerio Adami, Colombine, Print

Valerio Adami

Colombine, 2017
12.6 x 9.4 inch


Gomor, Above the sky, Print


Above the sky, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Bernard Frize, Rami, Print

Bernard Frize

Rami, 2013
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Louis Toffoli, Synthèse, Print

Louis Toffoli

Synthèse, 1994
29.9 x 22 inch


Stéphane Gautier, Happy print Ultra Lucky, Print

Stéphane Gautier

Happy print Ultra Lucky, 2021
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.4 inch


Okuda, Rainbow Rider, Print


Rainbow Rider, 2019
24 x 34.3 inch


Cleon Peterson, Power, Print

Cleon Peterson

Power, 2018
24 x 18.1 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Olivier  Masmonteil, White Pine Nightscape #6, Print

Olivier Masmonteil

White Pine Nightscape #6, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Gregos, Figure Gregos, Print


Figure Gregos, 2014
20.1 x 14.6 inch


Franck Noto a.k.a. Zest, Toy, Print

Franck Noto a.k.a. Zest

Toy, 2017
31.1 x 27.6 inch


Brusk (DMV), Bullet In Your Mouth, Print

Brusk (DMV)

Bullet In Your Mouth, 2019
38.6 x 29.9 inch


Zevs, Euro liquidated, Print


Euro liquidated, 2016
42.1 x 26 inch


Our recommendations John Matos Crash, Craash !, Print

John Matos Crash

Craash !, 2016
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Yaacov Agam, Message of peace, Print

Yaacov Agam

Message of peace, 1988
39.8 x 30.7 inch


Lionel Borla, Crique Graphique, Print

Lionel Borla

Crique Graphique, 2020
19.7 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch


Hush, Faces 1 & 2, Print


Faces 1 & 2, 2019
18.1 x 11.8 inch


Toctoc, Février 2104, Print


Février 2104, 2020
35.4 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Guy Denning, Edition Die Markte, Print

Guy Denning

Edition Die Markte, 2014
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch

$335 $372

Antoine Josse, Du feu sur la Plaine, Print

Antoine Josse

Du feu sur la Plaine, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Thierry Carrier, Code 1922 (Estampe), Print

Thierry Carrier

Code 1922 (Estampe), 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Peter Klasen, SE 7 fond jaune, Print

Peter Klasen

SE 7 fond jaune, 1991
39.4 x 29.9 inch


Hom Nguyen, Old man, Print

Hom Nguyen

Old man, 2020
48 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch

2,500 - $ 5,000

Bault, Hibou, Print


Hibou, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Antonio Segui, L’île de l'insomnie IX, Print

Antonio Segui

L’île de l'insomnie IX, 1998
11.8 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Jean Miotte, Élegie, Print

Jean Miotte

Élegie, 1992
49.6 x 34.6 inch


Liu Bolin, Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes, Print

Liu Bolin

Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes, 2017
5.9 x 6.7 inch


Mist, Age Of Tomorrow, Print


Age Of Tomorrow, 2015
31.5 x 22 inch


Our recommendations Jean-Charles De Castelbajac, Un monde riant, Print

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

Un monde riant, 2017
35 x 23.8 inch


Corneille, Bleu, Print


Bleu, 2008
13.8 x 10.6 x 0.4 inch


Vladimir Velickovic, 26ème Trophée Lancôme, Print

Vladimir Velickovic

26ème Trophée Lancôme, 1995
29.5 x 21.3 inch


Philippe Huart, Crack, Print

Philippe Huart

Crack, 2010
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch


Patrick Rubinstein, People and brand Marilyn, Print

Patrick Rubinstein

People and brand Marilyn, 2020
14.2 x 14.2 x 1.2 inch


Bernard Buffet, Le phare, Print

Bernard Buffet

Le phare, 1958
22 x 17.7 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 Paola Pivi, Untitled (Zebras), Print

Paola Pivi

Untitled (Zebras), 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Jean-Paul Agosti, Canopée, Print

Jean-Paul Agosti

Canopée, 2002
13.4 x 10.6 inch


Tristan Eaton, Frankenstein 3D, Print

Tristan Eaton

Frankenstein 3D, 2020
23.6 x 24.8 x 0.4 inch


Nicolas Barrome Forgues, Mostera, Print

Nicolas Barrome Forgues

Mostera, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Tanc, Sea Scape, Print


Sea Scape, 2019
39.4 x 30.7 inch


Bruno Mallart, A pavane dorée, ramage dansant, Print

Bruno Mallart

A pavane dorée, ramage dansant, 2018
59.1 x 29.5 inch


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