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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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Eric Liot, Campbell's, Print

Eric Liot

Campbell's, 2019
15.6 x 12.6 x 1.2 inch


Our recommendations Joan Hernández Pijuan, Iris blau 1, Print

Joan Hernández Pijuan

Iris blau 1, 1994
15 x 11 inch


Alice Ricard, Maroola dyptique, Print

Alice Ricard

Maroola dyptique, 2016
25.6 x 39.4 inch


Our recommendations Yrjö Edelmann, Summary of experimental observations of Black, Print

Yrjö Edelmann

Summary of experimental observations of Black, 2010
24 x 34.6 inch


Momies, Lignes abstraites, Print


Lignes abstraites, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Icy & Sot, Break Free, Print

Icy & Sot

Break Free, 2020
25 x 19 x 0 inch


Katre, Porto perspectives, Print


Porto perspectives, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Supocaos, Le Manège, Print


Le Manège, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Deville-Chabrolle, La belle endormie, Print


La belle endormie, 2018
13.4 x 14.2 inch


Taki 183, 50th Anniversary Print, Print

Taki 183

50th Anniversary Print, 2019
24 x 21.3 inch


Kumi Sugaï, 95, Print

Kumi Sugaï

95, 1995
30.7 x 22.4 x 0.4 inch


Mimmo Rotella, Le luci della citta, Print

Mimmo Rotella

Le luci della citta, 2005
48.8 x 33.9 x 1 inch


Francis Bacon, Seated figure, Print

Francis Bacon

Seated figure, 1983
40 x 28 inch


Nathalie Faintuch, NYC, Print

Nathalie Faintuch

NYC, 2018
15.4 x 21.7 inch


Monk, Camo Polar Bear, Print


Camo Polar Bear, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 inch

$112 $124

Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Juego de signos, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Juego de signos, 1990
35.4 x 24.8 inch


Dominique Mulhem, Marilyn Mondrian, Print

Dominique Mulhem

Marilyn Mondrian, 2012
15.7 x 12.6 x 0.4 inch


Zoran Mishe, Pleasure II – Silver edition, Print

Zoran Mishe

Pleasure II – Silver edition, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Pichi & Avo, The birth of a new myth, Print

Pichi & Avo

The birth of a new myth, 2018
23.6 x 26.8 inch


Gottfried Honegger, Heraklit II, Print

Gottfried Honegger

Heraklit II, 1986
11 x 7.6 inch


Philippe Cognée, Casablanca II, Print

Philippe Cognée

Casablanca II, 2003
9.8 x 12.8 inch


Benjamin II Vautier, Nature morte et parchemin rouge, Print

Benjamin II Vautier

Nature morte et parchemin rouge, 1926
16.1 x 12.9 x 0.2 inch


Alain Séchas, Trottinette, Print

Alain Séchas

Trottinette, 2018
47.2 x 31.5 inch


Pierre Muckensturm, 13R1, Print

Pierre Muckensturm

13R1, 2013
25.6 x 59.1 inch


Bom.K, Print Death & Disaster, Print


Print Death & Disaster, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Our recommendations Robert Longo, Black flag, Print

Robert Longo

Black flag, 1999
28 x 43.7 x 0.4 inch


Miguel Ángel Belinchón Bujes Belin, Natalia, Print

Miguel Ángel Belinchón Bujes Belin

Natalia, 2017
46.1 x 30.7 inch


Smash137, Steel Blue, Print


Steel Blue, 2014
31.7 x 23.2 inch


Our recommendations Laurent Grasso, Blackout, Print

Laurent Grasso

Blackout, 2016
6 x 8.3 inch


Boris Pramatarov, Quantum girl and square space man, Print

Boris Pramatarov

Quantum girl and square space man, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Sonia Alins, Hacia el Fondo del Mar, Print

Sonia Alins

Hacia el Fondo del Mar, 2020
19.5 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch

$279 $310

Pablito Zago, The Seaty, Print

Pablito Zago

The Seaty, 2015
19.7 x 25.6 inch


Maria Qamar, Party, Print

Maria Qamar

Party, 2020
40 x 30 inch


Ziegler T, My Kid Just Ruined My Coco Chanel (black/red), Print

Ziegler T

My Kid Just Ruined My Coco Chanel (black/red), 2020
29.9 x 22 inch


Stefan Thelen / Super A, The Syndicate, Print

Stefan Thelen / Super A

The Syndicate, 2019
31.6 x 24.8 x 2 inch


Philippe Hérard, Cent regards 1, Print

Philippe Hérard

Cent regards 1, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 inch


Léon Spilliaert, Vertige, l'escalier magique 1908 / Vertigo, Magic Staircase 1908, Print

Léon Spilliaert

Vertige, l'escalier magique 1908 / Vertigo, Magic Staircase 1908, 2018
29.9 x 22.8 inch


Jessica Das, Felix Maximus 1, Print

Jessica Das

Felix Maximus 1, 2014
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Léonard Foujita, Anniversaire / Anniversary, Print

Léonard Foujita

Anniversaire / Anniversary, 2015
28.3 x 24 inch


Luis Feito, Octubre IV, Print

Luis Feito

Octubre IV, 1989
41.3 x 29.5 inch


Eduardo Chillida, Casa de Goya, Print

Eduardo Chillida

Casa de Goya, 1983
30.7 x 23.4 inch


Death NYC, Audrey Drip Red, Print

Death NYC

Audrey Drip Red, 2012
12.6 x 12.6 x 0 inch


François Boisrond, Amour Bobigny 3, Print

François Boisrond

Amour Bobigny 3, 2014
13.8 x 19.7 inch


Mister Pee, Crise d'arborescence, Print

Mister Pee

Crise d'arborescence, 2019
18.5 x 14.6 inch


Our recommendations Konstantin Kornakov, Village 04, Print

Konstantin Kornakov

Village 04, 2017
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations Roamcouch, No More Wars, Print


No More Wars, 2017
17.7 x 17.7 inch


Topolino, Pinocchio fait une pousse, Print


Pinocchio fait une pousse, 2013
17.7 x 12.6 x 0.8 inch


Kenny Scharf, Sloppy Melt, Print

Kenny Scharf

Sloppy Melt, 2018
25.2 x 35.4 inch


Our recommendations Pablo Picasso, Les Déjeuners, Print

Pablo Picasso

Les Déjeuners, 1962
11.4 x 15.4 inch


Paul Jenkins, Sans titre, Print

Paul Jenkins

Sans titre, 1991
8.3 x 5.9 inch


Antonio Saura, Melanchton I, Print

Antonio Saura

Melanchton I, 1996
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Gérard Garouste, Anagramme, Print

Gérard Garouste

Anagramme, 2020
47.2 x 31.5 inch


Frédéric de Torcy, Toits de Paris, Print

Frédéric de Torcy

Toits de Paris, 2020
41.3 x 55.1 inch


Fat, Petit chat, Print


Petit chat, 2020
27.6 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Alain Mimouni, Brooklyn, Print

Alain Mimouni

Brooklyn, 2020
31.5 x 47.2 x 3.9 inch


Gabriel Moreno, Maria II, Print

Gabriel Moreno

Maria II, 2019
31.5 x 55.9 x 0 inch


Markus Lüpertz, Grazien, Print

Markus Lüpertz

Grazien, 2019
42.1 x 31.5 inch


Anita Molinero, Le jour où le ciel a pissé des boues rouges, Print

Anita Molinero

Le jour où le ciel a pissé des boues rouges, 2018
14.8 x 43.3 x 0.8 inch


Fratz & Gio, Plexiwall DJ Wall DJ Mouse, Print

Fratz & Gio

Plexiwall DJ Wall DJ Mouse, 2016
39.4 x 32.7 x 2 inch

5,000 - $ 10,000

ZES, Lasting (Blue Edition), Print


Lasting (Blue Edition), 2019
35.4 x 30.3 inch


Ludovic Debeurme, Fils Masque, Print

Ludovic Debeurme

Fils Masque, 2016
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch


Hervé Télémaque, Roland Garros, Print

Hervé Télémaque

Roland Garros, 2000
41.3 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch


Fernando Botero, Femme en rouge à lèvres, Print

Fernando Botero

Femme en rouge à lèvres, 1983
14.2 x 11.8 inch


Jesús-Rafael Soto, Ecriture CFDT 51/60, Print

Jesús-Rafael Soto

Ecriture CFDT 51/60, 1988
7.9 x 25.6 inch


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