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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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Pierre Dmitrienko, Saisons II, Print

Pierre Dmitrienko

Saisons II, 1957
12 x 9.8 inch


Jana Lottenburger, Série Fouilles variation ADB, Print

Jana Lottenburger

Série Fouilles variation ADB, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 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


Guy de Rougemont, Sans titre, Print

Guy de Rougemont

Sans titre, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Ignasi Aballí, **, Print

Ignasi Aballí

**, 2018
1 x 0.2 x 1 inch


Thomas  Canto, Still Life Of Space Time, Print

Thomas Canto

Still Life Of Space Time, 2015
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Nathalie Faintuch, NYC, Print

Nathalie Faintuch

NYC, 2018
15.4 x 21.7 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


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


Jan Voss, Headhunter, Print

Jan Voss

Headhunter, 1998
63 x 47.2 x 0 inch


Jean Denant, Nina, Print

Jean Denant

Nina, 2020
41.3 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch


Benjamin SPaRK, Print on Paper hand signed by the artist limited on 20 pieces., Print

Benjamin SPaRK

Print on Paper hand signed by the artist limited on 20 pieces., 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch


Fabien Novarino, Pop BB, Print

Fabien Novarino

Pop BB, 2020
31.5 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch


François-Xavier Lalanne, Histoire naturelle, Print

François-Xavier Lalanne

Histoire naturelle, 2006
15.7 x 13 inch


Tarek, City of Groove, Print


City of Groove, 2016
11.7 x 7.9 x 0 inch


Marcos Marin, Gainsbourg 1/8, Print

Marcos Marin

Gainsbourg 1/8, 2014
39.4 x 39.4 inch


Clement Vuillier, Bambous, Print

Clement Vuillier

Bambous, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Paul Rousteau, Tour Eiffel 2, Print

Paul Rousteau

Tour Eiffel 2, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Poppy Faun, Lust, Print

Poppy Faun

Lust, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Buff Monster, Melty 18, Print

Buff Monster

Melty 18, 2020
12 x 9 inch


Robert Crumb, Weirdo-Number 26, Print

Robert Crumb

Weirdo-Number 26, 2011
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Jean Le Gac, Les demoiselles d'Avignon II, Print

Jean Le Gac

Les demoiselles d'Avignon II, 2008
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Michael Reeder, Beef Teef, Print

Michael Reeder

Beef Teef, 2020
20 x 16 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


Mike Giant, Zero Gravity Orgy, Print

Mike Giant

Zero Gravity Orgy, 2017
18.1 x 18.1 x 0.4 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


Sergio Cecchi, La place du Molard animée, Print

Sergio Cecchi

La place du Molard animée, 1953
31.9 x 23.8 x 0.8 inch


Frédéric Di Martino, Superman, Print

Frédéric Di Martino

Superman, 2004
15.7 x 25.6 x 0.1 inch


Agnès Thurnauer, Biotope, Print

Agnès Thurnauer

Biotope, 2017
60 x 47 inch


Loulou Picasso, Ein Blick (Un Coup d'Œil), Print

Loulou Picasso

Ein Blick (Un Coup d'Œil), 2018
26.2 x 19.1 inch


Lorenzo Mattotti, Tiepolo 1 (La Danse), Print

Lorenzo Mattotti

Tiepolo 1 (La Danse), 2016
29.7 x 41.7 inch


Sergio Recabarren, Radial Spectrum 2, Print

Sergio Recabarren

Radial Spectrum 2, 2017
21.7 x 21.7 inch


Caiozzama, Feliznavidead, Print


Feliznavidead, 2019
19.7 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch


Fabiola Morcillo, Memories, Print

Fabiola Morcillo

Memories, 2017
18.9 x 15 inch


Stephen Maine, Pitched Planes 131, Print

Stephen Maine

Pitched Planes 131, 2004
24 x 18.9 inch


LeMoDuLeDeZeeR, Ligne d'Horizon, Print


Ligne d'Horizon, 2017
28.3 x 36.2 inch


Severine Monsonégo, Toucan, Print

Severine Monsonégo

Toucan, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Kim Westcott, Blackboard, Print

Kim Westcott

Blackboard, 2000
35.4 x 28.3 inch


Our recommendations Jean Messagier, Sans titre, Print

Jean Messagier

Sans titre, 1990
13 x 9.4 inch


Joan Brossa, Rellotge de sol, Print

Joan Brossa

Rellotge de sol, 1989
24.4 x 19.7 inch


Ricardo Lanzarini, Perfomance, Print

Ricardo Lanzarini

Perfomance, 2020
16.5 x 21.9 inch


Laurent Perbos, Sans titre, Print

Laurent Perbos

Sans titre, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Christopher Dombres, Je ne sais pas ce que je veux, Print

Christopher Dombres

Je ne sais pas ce que je veux, 2004
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch


OneFake, Malcom clockwork orange, Print


Malcom clockwork orange, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


César Paternosto, Untitled 1, Print

César Paternosto

Untitled 1, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Magali Brueder, Bavella, Print

Magali Brueder

Bavella, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Arpad Szenes, Sans-titre, Print

Arpad Szenes

Sans-titre, 1981
8.7 x 5.5 inch


Alka, Crazy Stereo LV Noir Bleu Louis Vuitton, Print


Crazy Stereo LV Noir Bleu Louis Vuitton, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Chad Keveny, Latin x Mika I, Print

Chad Keveny

Latin x Mika I, 2019
19.9 x 14.4 inch


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Le Moulin Rouge : La Goulue & Valentin le désossé, 1891, Print

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Le Moulin Rouge : La Goulue & Valentin le désossé, 1891, 2020
29.1 x 21.3 inch


ErriC, Another Dimension, Print


Another Dimension, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Trendafila Trendafilova, Romantic plants 1, Print

Trendafila Trendafilova

Romantic plants 1, 2019
11.8 x 16.5 x 0.1 inch


Jochen Gerner, Spreekwoorden, Print

Jochen Gerner

Spreekwoorden, 2017
17.3 x 19.8 inch


Eugénie Fauny, Genius, Print

Eugénie Fauny

Genius, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.3 inch


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