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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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Smash137, Steel Blue, Print


Steel Blue, 2014
31.7 x 23.2 inch


Jessica Das, Felix Maximus 1, Print

Jessica Das

Felix Maximus 1, 2014
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Eduardo Chillida, Casa de Goya, Print

Eduardo Chillida

Casa de Goya, 1983
30.7 x 23.4 inch


Pejac, Love Letter, Print


Love Letter, 2018
6.3 x 10.2 x 0 inch


Mister Pee, Crise d'arborescence, Print

Mister Pee

Crise d'arborescence, 2019
18.5 x 14.6 inch


Ludovic Debeurme, Fils Masque, Print

Ludovic Debeurme

Fils Masque, 2016
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Konstantin Kornakov, Village 04, Print

Konstantin Kornakov

Village 04, 2017
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch


Paul Jenkins, Sans titre, Print

Paul Jenkins

Sans titre, 1991
8.3 x 5.9 inch


Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Juego de signos, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Juego de signos, 1990
35.4 x 24.8 inch


Antonio Saura, Melanchton I, Print

Antonio Saura

Melanchton I, 1996
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Mason Storm, Monkey Parliament, Print

Mason Storm

Monkey Parliament, 2020
22 x 31.5 inch


Frédéric de Torcy, Toits de Paris, Print

Frédéric de Torcy

Toits de Paris, 2020
41.3 x 55.1 inch


Allison M. Low, Journey to Paradise, Print

Allison M. Low

Journey to Paradise, 2020
16.5 x 16.5 x 0.4 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


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


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

Our recommendations Roamcouch, No More Wars, Print


No More Wars, 2017
17.7 x 17.7 inch


Hervé Télémaque, Roland Garros, Print

Hervé Télémaque

Roland Garros, 2000
41.3 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch


Kenny Scharf, Sloppy Melt, Print

Kenny Scharf

Sloppy Melt, 2018
25.2 x 35.4 inch


Gérard Garouste, Anagramme, Print

Gérard Garouste

Anagramme, 2020
47.2 x 31.5 inch


Elia Pagliarino, Sans titre, Print

Elia Pagliarino

Sans titre, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Maxime Lhermet, Maxell, Print

Maxime Lhermet

Maxell, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 inch


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

Jesús-Rafael Soto

Ecriture CFDT 51/60, 1988
7.9 x 25.6 inch


Maria Qamar, Party, Print

Maria Qamar

Party, 2020
40 x 30 inch


Markus Lüpertz, Grazien, Print

Markus Lüpertz

Grazien, 2019
42.1 x 31.5 inch


José Roca-Sastre, Cour d'immeuble, Print

José Roca-Sastre

Cour d'immeuble, 1960
55.9 x 31.7 x 0.2 inch


Jacques Loustal, Route Côtière, Print

Jacques Loustal

Route Côtière, 2017
31.9 x 24.6 inch


Camilla Falsini, Dragon, Print

Camilla Falsini

Dragon, 2019
18.1 x 14.6 inch


ZES, Lasting (Blue Edition), Print


Lasting (Blue Edition), 2019
35.4 x 30.3 inch


Our recommendations Chiho Aoshima, Hot Spring, Print

Chiho Aoshima

Hot Spring, 2005
26.8 x 26.8 inch


Maia Chozas, La Luna (The Moon), Print

Maia Chozas

La Luna (The Moon), 2019
26 x 22.4 x 0.1 inch


Jordane Saget, Edition Jordane Saget sur béton, Print

Jordane Saget

Edition Jordane Saget sur béton, 2012
9.4 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch


Raphaël Zarka, Sculpture Gnomonique (Lavaur Bodegon 1), Print

Raphaël Zarka

Sculpture Gnomonique (Lavaur Bodegon 1), 2019
29.9 x 22 inch


Mohamed Lekleti, Des-équilibre, Print

Mohamed Lekleti

Des-équilibre, 2016
31.1 x 22.8 inch


André Cervera, Bacchus Angel, Print

André Cervera

Bacchus Angel, 2019
26 x 19.7 inch


Yasen Zgurovski, Flowerman, Print

Yasen Zgurovski

Flowerman, 2013
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Swoon, Owls, Print


Owls, 2018
19 x 17 x 0 inch


Aurélie Lafourcade, Mono Paysage, Print

Aurélie Lafourcade

Mono Paysage, 2019
24.4 x 18.1 inch


Our recommendations Pablo Picasso, Portrait de Nush Eluard, Print

Pablo Picasso

Portrait de Nush Eluard, 2015
23.6 x 17.3 inch


Raymond Poulet, Toluca, Print

Raymond Poulet

Toluca, 2017
18.9 x 22 x 0 inch


Sylvie Abadie-Bastide, Boy G., Print

Sylvie Abadie-Bastide

Boy G., 2018
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Bernard Louédin, Gémeaux, Print

Bernard Louédin

Gémeaux, 1999
11 x 7.9 x 0 inch


Martin Bradley, Morning Cockerel, Print

Martin Bradley

Morning Cockerel, 1997
28.7 x 20.9 inch


Andrew Schoultz, Eye of Life, Print

Andrew Schoultz

Eye of Life, 2017
33.7 x 25.2 inch


Dondi White, Iron Man Lives, Print

Dondi White

Iron Man Lives, 2016
20 x 16 inch


Sandrot, Lith-Pr 1, Print


Lith-Pr 1, 2020
45.7 x 30.7 x 0.4 inch


André Franquin, Gaston, Print

André Franquin

Gaston, 1987
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Simon Hantaï, Empreinte II, Print

Simon Hantaï

Empreinte II, 2003
7.7 x 5.1 inch


Cryptik, Loveletter II, Print


Loveletter II, 2020
28 x 28 inch


Minas Halaj, Floral Mind Series #8 - Limited Edition Print, Print

Minas Halaj

Floral Mind Series #8 - Limited Edition Print, 2019
40.2 x 35.8 x 0 inch


Our recommendations G.W. Bot, The Keeper, Print

G.W. Bot

The Keeper, 2006
36.2 x 20.5 inch


Isack, Bardot, Print


Bardot, 2020
39.4 x 29.5 x 0.8 inch


O Gringo, Funky Queen, Print

O Gringo

Funky Queen, 2019
33.1 x 26.8 x 0.4 inch


Joëlle Acoulon, Sans titre, 14/10/2016, Print

Joëlle Acoulon

Sans titre, 14/10/2016, 2016
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Polo 51.67, His aimess, Print

Polo 51.67

His aimess, 2018
16.1 x 22 inch


Tavar Zawacki, Lazy Target, Print

Tavar Zawacki

Lazy Target, 2019
30.3 x 38.6 inch


Our recommendations Slim Aarons, Digging for clams, Print

Slim Aarons

Digging for clams, 1960
39.8 x 39.8 inch


Kai and Sunny, Lots of Bits of Star / Série 2, Print

Kai and Sunny

Lots of Bits of Star / Série 2, 2014
16.5 x 11.8 inch


Our recommendations Seize Happywallmaker, Alphanomega Nova, Print

Seize Happywallmaker

Alphanomega Nova, 2015
20.5 x 20.5 x 1.2 inch


Yaya Herman Dune, Dalävlen, Print

Yaya Herman Dune

Dalävlen, 2010
22.4 x 28 x 0.4 inch


Guillaume Piot, Âne, Print

Guillaume Piot

Âne, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch


Vuk Vidor, French Art History (A), Print

Vuk Vidor

French Art History (A), 2016
39.4 x 27.6 inch


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