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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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Paxal, Douce France, Print


Douce France, 2021
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Nasty, Sous les bombes 19, Print


Sous les bombes 19, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Our recommendations César Baldaccini, Portrait de compression de drapeaux Français, Print

César Baldaccini

Portrait de compression de drapeaux Français, 1989
29.9 x 23.2 inch


FAILE, Kool Living, Print


Kool Living, 2020
29.9 x 24 inch


Aiiroh, Troopers, Print


Troopers, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Logan Hicks, Two boats, Print

Logan Hicks

Two boats, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Jacques Monory, Meurtre n°5, Print

Jacques Monory

Meurtre n°5, 2014
35.2 x 23.6 inch


Fabien Verschaere, Once upon no time, Print

Fabien Verschaere

Once upon no time, 2018
9.8 x 9.8 x 1.6 inch


Regina Gimenez, Sin título 1, Print

Regina Gimenez

Sin título 1, 2018
56.3 x 40.6 inch


Antoni Tapies, Creu i S, Print

Antoni Tapies

Creu i S, 1976
22 x 29.9 inch


Gum, Teletubbies, Print


Teletubbies, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Bze Bzeland, Amazonia, Print

Bze Bzeland

Amazonia, 2019
11.8 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Alexandre Monteiro (Hopare), Comportement Ultra, Print

Alexandre Monteiro (Hopare)

Comportement Ultra, 2019
28.7 x 20.9 x 0.4 inch


Romain Froquet, Fertile 2, Print

Romain Froquet

Fertile 2, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Luke Newton, Crayons not colts, Print

Luke Newton

Crayons not colts, 2015
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Eduardo Arroyo, Enterrement du Mexique, Print

Eduardo Arroyo

Enterrement du Mexique, 2016
6.1 x 8.5 inch


Stoz, Stay in Sobriety, Print


Stay in Sobriety, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Denial, Hermès, Print


Hermès, 2019
24 x 18.1 inch


Tilt, Story telling, Print


Story telling, 2019
24 x 18.1 x 0 inch


Enki Bilal, Bug N°1 - Réhaut original . technique mixte par l'artiste Enki Bilal, Print

Enki Bilal

Bug N°1 - Réhaut original . technique mixte par l'artiste Enki Bilal, 2017
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Alekos Fassianos, Andromaque I, Print

Alekos Fassianos

Andromaque I, 2008
8.7 x 6.7 inch


Stoul, Coffret Figure - Stoul, Print


Coffret Figure - Stoul, 2014
13.6 x 10.8 inch


Edvard Munch, La Madone / Madonna - 1895, Print

Edvard Munch

La Madone / Madonna - 1895, 2017
29.9 x 22.4 inch


Vincent Sabatier, Daft Punk, Print

Vincent Sabatier

Daft Punk, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Keith Haring, The Blueprint drawings, Print

Keith Haring

The Blueprint drawings, 1990
42.5 x 53 x 2.4 inch


Lidia Masllorens, Untitled, Print

Lidia Masllorens

Untitled, 2019
57.5 x 59.1 x 0.4 inch


MadC, Yin and Yang, Print


Yin and Yang, 2019
29.9 x 22 inch


Insane 51, FALLING IN, Print

Insane 51

23.6 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations Barthélémy Toguo, Take a Green Breath, Print

Barthélémy Toguo

Take a Green Breath, 2017
47.2 x 63 inch


Xavier Veilhan, Billet Moderniste, Print

Xavier Veilhan

Billet Moderniste, 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Sarah B., Pink Lips, Print

Sarah B.

Pink Lips, 2020
27.6 x 27.6 x 1 inch


Severine Dietrich, Eclipse #1, Print

Severine Dietrich

Eclipse #1, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Jean Soyer, 030906, Print

Jean Soyer

030906, 2003
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Rero, Is your child a tagger, Print


Is your child a tagger, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Add Fuel, Home Street Home, épreuve d'artiste AP, Print

Add Fuel

Home Street Home, épreuve d'artiste AP, 2015
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Faith XLVII, Liberté Egalité Fraternité I, Print


Liberté Egalité Fraternité I, 2019
32.7 x 23.6 inch


Bernar Venet, Grib, Print

Bernar Venet

Grib, 2016
11 x 15.2 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Pablo Reinoso, Cap i Cua, Print

Pablo Reinoso

Cap i Cua, 2020
19.7 x 78.7 inch


François Bard, Cool Attitude, Print

François Bard

Cool Attitude, 2020
23.6 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch


Pauline Di Valentin, Pink Smoke, Print

Pauline Di Valentin

Pink Smoke, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 inch


tizlu, Fade Away And Radiate, Print


Fade Away And Radiate, 2020
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Ben Frost, Oxycookie, Print

Ben Frost

Oxycookie, 2020
7.1 x 7.1 inch


Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Résurgence, Print

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Résurgence, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Gavin Mitchell, Park Life I (Small Format), Print

Gavin Mitchell

Park Life I (Small Format), 2019
19.7 x 13.8 x 0 inch


Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-267), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-267), 1982
42.1 x 29.9 inch


Caroline Veith, September 2015 #1, Print

Caroline Veith

September 2015 #1, 2015
9.8 x 9.8 x 2 inch


Jeff Gillette, Goofy Slums, Print

Jeff Gillette

Goofy Slums, 2020
12 x 16 inch


Alain Clément, 18OC2G-2018, Print

Alain Clément

18OC2G-2018, 2018
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Françoise Pétrovitch, Se Coiffer, Print

Françoise Pétrovitch

Se Coiffer, 2016
47.2 x 63 x 0 inch


Le CyKlop, Irène, Print

Le CyKlop

Irène, 2019
18.5 x 14.6 inch


Brecht Evens, Piscine des Rigoles, Print

Brecht Evens

Piscine des Rigoles, 2018
25.2 x 36 inch


Jérôme Lagarrigue, On a Misty Night (John Coltrane), Print

Jérôme Lagarrigue

On a Misty Night (John Coltrane), 2018
28.3 x 34.3 inch


Lee Bae, Sans titre n°10, Print

Lee Bae

Sans titre n°10, 2018
27.6 x 20.5 inch


Christian Silvain, Perchoir #6, Print

Christian Silvain

Perchoir #6, 1998
17.7 x 13 inch


Mason Storm, Monkey Parliament, Print

Mason Storm

Monkey Parliament, 2020
22 x 31.5 inch


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

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Le Pont Neuf, 2020
9.8 x 7.5 inch


François Avril, L'Aube, Print

François Avril

L'Aube, 2017
25.4 x 35.6 inch


Kasimir Malevitch, Réalité peinte d'un joueur de football / Painterly Realism of a Football Player - 1915, Print

Kasimir Malevitch

Réalité peinte d'un joueur de football / Painterly Realism of a Football Player - 1915, 2018
35.4 x 24.2 inch


Ludo, 344, Print


344, 2014
21.7 x 23.6 inch


Philippe Grimaud, Don't Break It, Print

Philippe Grimaud

Don't Break It, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 0 inch


Kevin Rouillard, Untitled, Print

Kevin Rouillard

Untitled, 2018
19.7 x 13.8 x 0.2 inch


Stom500, Wouasisisgood 2, Print


Wouasisisgood 2, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Joanne Freeman, Covers 1 Cobalt, Print

Joanne Freeman

Covers 1 Cobalt, 2017
28 x 26 inch


Nora Ampova, Trump Ostrich, Print

Nora Ampova

Trump Ostrich, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch


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