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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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Bill Kane, EM-117 Asanga 6, Print

Bill Kane

EM-117 Asanga 6, 2020
84 x 24 x 1.5 inch


Handiedan, Papillons en feu, Print


Papillons en feu, 2020
21.3 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch


Dalek, Spacemonkey fine tuning, Print


Spacemonkey fine tuning, 2019
24 x 18.1 inch


Lee Quinones, Lions Den, Print

Lee Quinones

Lions Den, 2014
18 x 14 inch


Luuk De Haan, Straec 26, Print

Luuk De Haan

Straec 26, 2016
39.4 x 28.5 inch


Winshluss, Over the Rainbow, Print


Over the Rainbow, 2018
47.2 x 31.5 inch


James Rielly, French Ghosts, Print

James Rielly

French Ghosts, 2017
45.7 x 63 inch


Pascal Rabaté, Paysage dans le Désordre, Print

Pascal Rabaté

Paysage dans le Désordre, 2018
20.1 x 14.4 inch


Pierre La Police, Tata, Print

Pierre La Police

Tata, 2018
24 x 35.4 inch


Our recommendations Aloyzas Smilingis, Intuition, Print

Aloyzas Smilingis

Intuition, 1974
35.4 x 43.3 x 0.8 inch


Hiraku, Planet, Print


Planet, 2018
13 x 17.7 inch


Our recommendations Olivier Mosset, Without title, Print

Olivier Mosset

Without title, 2018
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Mothi Limbu, Corde, Print

Mothi Limbu

Corde, 2011
26 x 37 inch


Pierre Bendine-Boucar, The Magnificient Hundred F., Print

Pierre Bendine-Boucar

The Magnificient Hundred F., 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Claude Lévêque, Golden World, Print

Claude Lévêque

Golden World, 2018
29.5 x 41.3 inch


Our recommendations Marie-Noëlle Deverre, Pulmo marinus 3, Print

Marie-Noëlle Deverre

Pulmo marinus 3, 2011
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Pat Andrea, Sans titre, Print

Pat Andrea

Sans titre, 2018
26.8 x 35.4 inch


Thomas  Canto, Still Life Of Space Time, Print

Thomas Canto

Still Life Of Space Time, 2015
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Jacques Doucet, Lumière noire, Print

Jacques Doucet

Lumière noire, 1990
32.3 x 20.5 inch


Alain Gilier, Cannette 1-1.1, Print

Alain Gilier

Cannette 1-1.1, 2017
20.9 x 28 x 1.6 inch


Our recommendations Pieter Vermeersch, Untitled (house), Print

Pieter Vermeersch

Untitled (house), 2006
10.6 x 9.8 inch


Eric Fischl, Sin título 2, Print

Eric Fischl

Sin título 2, 2009
27.6 x 39.4 inch


León Ferrari, A un lado por la izquierda, Print

León Ferrari

A un lado por la izquierda, 2009
22 x 15 inch


Our recommendations Michael Bastow, Nu Féminin / Female Nude, Print

Michael Bastow

Nu Féminin / Female Nude, 1991
25.6 x 36.2 inch


Jan Voss, Headhunter, Print

Jan Voss

Headhunter, 1998
63 x 47.2 x 0 inch


Fabienne Verdier, Adieu XXème, Print

Fabienne Verdier

Adieu XXème, 1999
31.5 x 23.6 inch


The London Police Chaz and Bob, Kurt at Sea (Hand Embellished), Print

The London Police Chaz and Bob

Kurt at Sea (Hand Embellished), 2020
31.5 x 31.5 inch


Patrick Loste, Patrick Loste X Porcelaine de Limoges, Print

Patrick Loste

Patrick Loste X Porcelaine de Limoges, 2020
6.9 x 6.9 x 1.2 inch


Poppy Faun, Lust, Print

Poppy Faun

Lust, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Walter Barrientos, Hormiga Amoroso, Print

Walter Barrientos

Hormiga Amoroso, 2011
61.4 x 21.7 x 2 inch


Dominique Sosolic, Déluge, Print

Dominique Sosolic

Déluge, 1988
12.2 x 9.4 inch


Fabrice Rebeyrolle, Arbre inversé, Print

Fabrice Rebeyrolle

Arbre inversé, 2018
20.1 x 13.8 inch


Chanoir, Chas Zoulous, Print


Chas Zoulous, 2019
23.4 x 16.5 inch


Damien Deroubaix, Control, Print

Damien Deroubaix

Control, 2017
27.6 x 33.5 inch


Gilles Barbier, Banana Head, Print

Gilles Barbier

Banana Head, 2018
29.5 x 41.3 inch


Iván Navarro, Carta Visual (Protest), Print

Iván Navarro

Carta Visual (Protest), 2019
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Pierre Dmitrienko, Saisons II, Print

Pierre Dmitrienko

Saisons II, 1957
12 x 9.8 inch


Elizabeth Gourlay, Blue bistro ash 1, Print

Elizabeth Gourlay

Blue bistro ash 1, 2013
15 x 16 inch


Tellas, Lago, Print


Lago, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Yazid Oulab, Sans titre, Print

Yazid Oulab

Sans titre, 2017
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Carne Griffiths, The Tempest, Print

Carne Griffiths

The Tempest, 2015
29.1 x 24.8 x 0.8 inch


Guy de Rougemont, Sans titre, Print

Guy de Rougemont

Sans titre, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 inch


LeMoDuLeDeZeeR, Ligne d'Horizon, Print


Ligne d'Horizon, 2017
28.3 x 36.2 inch


Ignasi Aballí, **, Print

Ignasi Aballí

**, 2018
1 x 0.2 x 1 inch


Our recommendations John William Waterhouse, La Fille du Vent / The Girl of the Wind (Study for Boreas) - 1904, Print

John William Waterhouse

La Fille du Vent / The Girl of the Wind (Study for Boreas) - 1904, 2015
31.9 x 24.4 inch


Leng Bing-Chuan, Whispering, Print

Leng Bing-Chuan

Whispering, 2015
29.1 x 33.7 inch


Alick Tipoti, Murai, Print

Alick Tipoti

Murai, 2006
11 x 15 inch


Xiaobai Su, Big Inkstone 1, Print

Xiaobai Su

Big Inkstone 1, 2016
29.9 x 30.3 inch


Michael Craig-Martin, The Catalan Suite I - Shirt, Print

Michael Craig-Martin

The Catalan Suite I - Shirt, 2013
17.7 x 17.7 inch


Claire Fontaine, Untitled (What is freedom?), Print

Claire Fontaine

Untitled (What is freedom?), 2012
47.2 x 35.4 inch


Joan Brossa, Rellotge de sol, Print

Joan Brossa

Rellotge de sol, 1989
24.4 x 19.7 inch


Waltercio Caldas, WC 56 1, Print

Waltercio Caldas

WC 56 1, 2015
30.3 x 22.4 inch


Patrick Jannin-OMS, Constellation II, Print

Patrick Jannin-OMS

Constellation II, 2013
8.3 x 11 inch


Miodrag Djuric (Dado), Kafka, Print

Miodrag Djuric (Dado)

Kafka, 1984
9.8 x 6.2 inch


Ërell, "K", Print


"K", 2017
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


OneFake, Malcom clockwork orange, Print


Malcom clockwork orange, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Marcos Marin, Gainsbourg 1/8, Print

Marcos Marin

Gainsbourg 1/8, 2014
39.4 x 39.4 inch


Buff Monster, Melty 18, Print

Buff Monster

Melty 18, 2020
12 x 9 inch


René Botti, Figure "Double Face", Print

René Botti

Figure "Double Face", 2014
20.1 x 14.6 inch


Ivan Lazarov, Ants composition, Print

Ivan Lazarov

Ants composition, 1936
11 x 7.9 inch


Wopko Jensma, Abstract, Print

Wopko Jensma

Abstract, 1970
14.2 x 13.4 x 0.4 inch


David Prudhomme, The L Train, Print

David Prudhomme

The L Train, 2019
17.7 x 12.8 x 0 inch


Monica Alonso, Iconic Bubble Running - COPE2, Print

Monica Alonso

Iconic Bubble Running - COPE2, 2019
7.9 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


César Henao, Horizon zero, Print

César Henao

Horizon zero, 2019
59.1 x 59.1 x 0.1 inch


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