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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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Shepard Fairey (Obey), Kingston Champion, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Kingston Champion, 2011
27.5 x 27.5 cm


Robert Combas, Georges Brassens et ses meilleurs succès. TROMPETTE ! Jeanne la cane embrasse le poilu et la vache Clotilde se déguise en fleur, Print

Robert Combas

Georges Brassens et ses meilleurs succès. TROMPETTE ! Jeanne la cane embrasse le poilu et la vache Clotilde se déguise en fleur, 2021
70 x 50 cm


M.Chat, Coffret de luxe PARISEOUL n°159, Print


Coffret de luxe PARISEOUL n°159, 2019
25 x 25 x 1 cm


L'Atlas, Just another seal, Print


Just another seal, 2020
56 x 56 cm


Man Ray, Double Face, Print

Man Ray

Double Face, 1971
70 x 51 x 0.2 cm


Invader, Invasao Sao Paulo, Print


Invasao Sao Paulo, 2011
44 x 63.5 cm


Max Ernst, Composition, Print

Max Ernst

Composition, 1970
32.5 x 25 x 0.1 cm


Shaka, Infrarouge #2, Print


Infrarouge #2, 2019
117 x 97 cm


Salvador Dali, Caballero, Print

Salvador Dali

Caballero, 1968
101.6 x 81.3 cm


Alain Vaissière, L'explorateur, Print

Alain Vaissière

L'explorateur, 2021
115 x 115 x 1 cm


Stoul, Oru MXIV, Print


Oru MXIV, 2021
40 x 40 cm


Jeff Gillette, Ruined Sign, Print

Jeff Gillette

Ruined Sign, 2021
61 x 86.4 cm


Julio Le Parc, Optical n.4, Print

Julio Le Parc

Optical n.4, 1976
34 x 24.5 x 0.1 cm


Paxal, Couvrez ce sein que je ne saurais voir..., Print


Couvrez ce sein que je ne saurais voir..., 2021
64 x 64 cm


Miss Tic, La Poésie Est Un Luxe De Première Nécessite, Print

Miss Tic

La Poésie Est Un Luxe De Première Nécessite, 2019
50 x 65 x 0.1 cm


Shu Takahashi, Morning star, Print

Shu Takahashi

Morning star, 1970
62 x 47 x 0.1 cm


Joëlle Acoulon, Sans titre, 1/6/2021, Print

Joëlle Acoulon

Sans titre, 1/6/2021, 2021
75 x 64 cm


Kamen Startchev, Spreading the moonlight, Print

Kamen Startchev

Spreading the moonlight, 2015
80 x 130 cm


Damien Poulain, Love, Print

Damien Poulain

Love, 2021
40 x 30 cm


Insane 51, Pride, Print

Insane 51

Pride, 2021
60 x 60 cm


Our recommendations Iván Navarro, Sopa de letras, Print

Iván Navarro

Sopa de letras, 2021
70 x 70 cm


JonOne, Carved in Stone (Rare édition peinte à la main), Print


Carved in Stone (Rare édition peinte à la main), 2010
18 x 24 cm

$2,127 $2,364

Zhana Mitkova, Favourite Place, Print

Zhana Mitkova

Favourite Place, 2021
70 x 100 cm


Vikenti Komitski, Nothing Changes Until It Does, Print

Vikenti Komitski

Nothing Changes Until It Does, 2020
42 x 33 cm


Nick Walker, Vandal Child Negative (Anarchy), Print

Nick Walker

Vandal Child Negative (Anarchy), 2021
100 x 70 x 0.5 cm


Leo Guida, Siamo noi, Print

Leo Guida

Siamo noi, 1993
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Giulio Turcato, Composition in Red, Print

Giulio Turcato

Composition in Red, 1970
50 x 69.5 x 0.1 cm


Hsiao Chin, Abstract Composition, Print

Hsiao Chin

Abstract Composition, 1977
50 x 70 x 0.1 cm


Ivan Rabuzin, Pink Sky, Print

Ivan Rabuzin

Pink Sky, 1990
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Mark Tobey, Summer Joy, Print

Mark Tobey

Summer Joy, 1972
76.6 x 55.5 x 0.1 cm


Joan Miró, Le Lézard aux plumes d'or, Print

Joan Miró

Le Lézard aux plumes d'or, 1971
33.5 x 50 cm


Kokimoto, Global Worming, Print


Global Worming, 2021
100 x 70 cm


Stéphan Art, Jazzy, Print

Stéphan Art

Jazzy, 2021
80 x 80 cm


Pietro Morando, Piper, Print

Pietro Morando

Piper, 1960
48.5 x 34 x 0.1 cm


Alberto Magnelli, Abstract Composition, Print

Alberto Magnelli

Abstract Composition, 1960
41 x 58 x 0.1 cm


Our recommendations Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu, Banc de tournesols, Print

Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu

Banc de tournesols, 2021
56.7 x 85 x 0.1 cm


HARISSART, Dollar Lotus, Print


Dollar Lotus, 2021
30 x 70 x 1 cm


Peter McDonald, Her, Print

Peter McDonald

Her, 2021
42 x 30 cm


Pablo Picasso, Exposition Vallauris (1964), Print

Pablo Picasso

Exposition Vallauris (1964), 1964
63.5 x 53.3 cm


Aleksandra Georgieva, Keep nature cool!, Print

Aleksandra Georgieva

Keep nature cool!, 2021
100 x 70 cm


Graham Sutherland, Untitled, Print

Graham Sutherland

Untitled, 1970
65 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Gerardo Dottori, Composition, Print

Gerardo Dottori

Composition, 1970
64 x 47 x 0.1 cm


Albena Vatcheva, Two, Print

Albena Vatcheva

Two, 2021
21 x 15 x 0.01 cm

$34 $37

Nadezhda Georgieva-Nad, We Are Happy Together, Print

Nadezhda Georgieva-Nad

We Are Happy Together, 2021
100 x 70 cm


Rosie Eisor, Bat Godess, Print

Rosie Eisor

Bat Godess, 2021
100 x 70 cm


Deyan Yanev, Trap Nature, Print

Deyan Yanev

Trap Nature, 2021
100 x 70 cm


GR1, Seoulscape Mapo-gu Wausan-ro 21gil 19-7 editions, Print


Seoulscape Mapo-gu Wausan-ro 21gil 19-7 editions, 2021
50 x 70 cm


Eva Rothschild, Eclipse (Black), Print

Eva Rothschild

Eclipse (Black), 2021
75 x 60 cm


Blek Le Rat, L'anarchiste, Print

Blek Le Rat

L'anarchiste, 2020
23 x 31 x 0.1 cm


Mr. Brainwash, Charlie (Chaplin), Print

Mr. Brainwash

Charlie (Chaplin), 2015
76.2 x 56.6 cm


Tomek Jarolim, Venise, Print

Tomek Jarolim

Venise, 2021
20 x 32 x 0.3 cm


RNST, Il était une fois le monde d’après, Print


Il était une fois le monde d’après, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm


Jean Cocteau, Les fondateurs de l'Europe, Print

Jean Cocteau

Les fondateurs de l'Europe, 1961
33 x 46 x 0.2 cm


Yaacov Agam, Time from the Mobility Within Series, Print

Yaacov Agam

Time from the Mobility Within Series, 2000
35.6 x 35.6 cm


Atsuko Ishii, Like You Do, Print

Atsuko Ishii

Like You Do, 2020
21 x 15 cm


Valerio Adami, Rohces Brunes. Musicales, Print

Valerio Adami

Rohces Brunes. Musicales, 2020
55 x 31.5 x 1 cm


Perrotte, Zool, Print


Zool, 2021
80 x 80 x 0.3 cm


Rafal Olbinski, A conventional sentiment, Print

Rafal Olbinski

A conventional sentiment, 2021
24 x 18 cm


Corneille, L'Oiseau à l'arc-en-ciel, Print


L'Oiseau à l'arc-en-ciel, 1981
72 x 58 x 0.1 cm


César Baldaccini, Poule aux oreilles, Print

César Baldaccini

Poule aux oreilles, 1921
65 x 50 x 0.2 cm


Raya Sorkine, Le couple du soleil, Print

Raya Sorkine

Le couple du soleil, 1990
20 x 14 x 1 cm


Olivier  Masmonteil, Portait de Salma Hayek, Print

Olivier Masmonteil

Portait de Salma Hayek, 2020
50 x 40 cm


Gavin Mitchell, Skatepark III (Large Format), Print

Gavin Mitchell

Skatepark III (Large Format), 2020
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Goddog, Or, Noir, Print


Or, Noir, 2021
40 x 40 x 3 cm


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