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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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Takashi Murakami, Happy x A Trillion Times: Flower, Print

Takashi Murakami

Happy x A Trillion Times: Flower, 2013
71 x 71 cm
Print

$5,231

M.Chat, Coffret de luxe - PARISEOUL n°179, Print

M.Chat

Coffret de luxe - PARISEOUL n°179, 2019
24 x 24 x 1 cm
Print

Sold out

Pierre Alechinsky, Si près, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Si près, 2007
19.5 x 13.4 cm
Print

$369

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986
46 x 36 x 1 cm
Print

$1,477

Sandra Chevrier, La cage et le Coeur de la Bête, Print

Sandra Chevrier

La cage et le Coeur de la Bête, 2019
90 x 69 x 1 cm
Print

$3,163

Philippe Geluck, Les 20 statues, Print

Philippe Geluck

Les 20 statues, 2021
70 x 56 cm
Print

$246

RNST, Comme dit papy à chacun ses bombes, Print

RNST

Comme dit papy à chacun ses bombes, 2020
70 x 50 x 5 cm
Print

$1,219

Gottfried Salzmann, New-York rose, Print

Gottfried Salzmann

New-York rose, 2010
82 x 63 cm
Print

$837

Valérie Betoulaud, Salutation au soleil - rose jaune, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Salutation au soleil - rose jaune, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$566

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Catch A Fire (Green), Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Catch A Fire (Green), 2020
61 x 46 x 1 cm
Print

$614

Shaka, Trame, Print

Shaka

Trame, 2020
69 x 49 cm
Print

$431

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Imperial Glory, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Imperial Glory, 2011
61 x 45.7 cm
Print

$985

Yaniv Edery, Rolex Bart, Print

Yaniv Edery

Rolex Bart, 2021
81 x 61 x 3.5 cm
Print

$9,724

JR, The Wrinkles of the city, La Havana, Antonio Cruz Gordillo, Print

JR

The Wrinkles of the city, La Havana, Antonio Cruz Gordillo, 2020
100 x 70 x 0.2 cm
Print

$2,339

Zoran Mishe, Stones from Different Mountains 5, Print

Zoran Mishe

Stones from Different Mountains 5, 2020
20 x 20 cm
Print

$209

Pola 4.0, Andy Warhol et Basquiat  #1900056 n°14/50, Print

Pola 4.0

Andy Warhol et Basquiat #1900056 n°14/50, 2019
50 x 40 x 0.5 cm
Print

$468

C215, Nirvana, Print

C215

Nirvana, 2019
40 x 30 x 1 cm
Print

$554

Javier Calleja, Festival De Malaga (It Was Ok), Print

Javier Calleja

Festival De Malaga (It Was Ok), 2020
14.6 x 21 cm
Print

$800

JonOne, Storm, Print

JonOne

Storm, 2020
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,108

Kosta Kulundzic, Coffret de luxe - The fall of Waimea, Print

Kosta Kulundzic

Coffret de luxe - The fall of Waimea, 2020
25 x 25 x 5 cm
Print

$148

Arman, Accumulation de tubes de peinture, Print

Arman

Accumulation de tubes de peinture, 1975
73 x 41.5 x 10 cm
Print

$15,878

Sol del Rio, Play 01, Print

Sol del Rio

Play 01, 2020
70 x 50 x 0.5 cm
Print

$200

Mr. Brainwash, The Masters, Print

Mr. Brainwash

The Masters, 2019
137.2 x 200.7 cm
Print

$28,000

Kamen Startchev, Without Sound I, Print

Kamen Startchev

Without Sound I, 2019
33 x 70 cm
Print

$369

Christiane Vleugels, Hope 40/100, Print

Christiane Vleugels

Hope 40/100, 2020
120 x 90 cm
Print

10,000 - $ 15,000

Felipe Pantone, Integration System P#01, Print

Felipe Pantone

Integration System P#01, 2020
64 x 64 x 0.1 cm
Print

$2,462

Monika Nowak, FRIDA KABOOM, Print

Monika Nowak

FRIDA KABOOM, 2021
150 x 100 x 3.5 cm
Print

$11,570

Boom Art, Flowers Triptych Skateboards, Print

Boom Art

Flowers Triptych Skateboards, 2018
82 x 66 x 1 cm
Print

$331

Blandine Galtier, P C2a, Print

Blandine Galtier

P C2a, 2019
80 x 60 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,046

Okuda, Jumping to another dimension, Print

Okuda

Jumping to another dimension, 2019
70 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$1,046

Maria Luisa Azzini, Futuristic Munich, Print

Maria Luisa Azzini

Futuristic Munich, 2021
14.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 cm
Print

$121

Cope2, S/T, Print

Cope2

S/T, 2015
51 x 38 cm
Print

$554

Our recommendations Lilia Mazurkevich, Dickens, Print

Lilia Mazurkevich

Dickens, 2019
70 x 70 x 1 cm
Print

$1,007

Lionel le Jeune, Cheval, Print

Lionel le Jeune

Cheval, 2021
50 x 50 x 0.5 cm
Print

$185

Pure Evil, Prince – Diamonds and Pearls, Print

Pure Evil

Prince – Diamonds and Pearls, 2020
85 x 70 x 1 cm
Print

$737

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Induction Chromatique, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Induction Chromatique, 1973
34 x 34 x 0.2 cm
Print

$4,923

Julien Durix, Man who paints faster than his shadow, Print

Julien Durix

Man who paints faster than his shadow, 2020
50 x 70 x 1 cm
Print

$462

Pez, Street Party Mono Silver Glitter, Print

Pez

Street Party Mono Silver Glitter, 2018
55 x 75 cm
Print

$615

Zao Wou-Ki, Sans Titre, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Sans Titre, 1967
56 x 75 cm
Print

$6,770

Martin Whatson, Framed, Print

Martin Whatson

Framed, 2013
70 x 50 cm
Print

$5,500

The Connor Brothers, Vice Versa / Too Busy, Print

The Connor Brothers

Vice Versa / Too Busy, 2019
129.5 x 78.7 cm
Print

$5,651

Angu Walters, Couple II, Print

Angu Walters

Couple II, 2010
34 x 30 x 1 cm
Print

$160

Our recommendations Jean-Claude Quilici, Traverse Fleurie à Mykonos, Print

Jean-Claude Quilici

Traverse Fleurie à Mykonos, 1941
73 x 94 x 0.3 cm
Print

$246

Salvador Dali, Chevaux dalinéens - Cheval de labeur, Print

Salvador Dali

Chevaux dalinéens - Cheval de labeur, 1972
68 x 50 cm
Print

$8,124

Roger Mühl, Le Pin, Print

Roger Mühl

Le Pin, 1980
41 x 38 cm
Print

$271

Robert Indiana, Tikvah, Print

Robert Indiana

Tikvah, 2011
81.3 x 76.2 cm
Print

$15,000

César Baldaccini, Le patineur, Print

César Baldaccini

Le patineur, 1992
72.5 x 56.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,231

Ben Eine, Rise Up, Print

Ben Eine

Rise Up, 2020
50 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$554

Ben Frost, Gotta Take 'Em All, Print

Ben Frost

Gotta Take 'Em All, 2020
50 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$1,046

Ron English, Ron English X Dgk skateboards series, Print

Ron English

Ron English X Dgk skateboards series, 2019
20.3 x 180 x 3 cm
Print

$1,206

Pez, 20 Years Smiling With Friends, Print

Pez

20 Years Smiling With Friends, 2020
81 x 60 x 3 cm
Print

$1,477

Imbue, Drug Lord (skate deck), Print

Imbue

Drug Lord (skate deck), 2016
79 x 21 cm
Print

$517

Kaï Aspire, The Thinker, Print

Kaï Aspire

The Thinker, 2021
69.9 x 69.9 cm
Print

$4,000

Alexandre Granger, Bad King, Print

Alexandre Granger

Bad King, 2021
70 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Print

$1,108

Ryca, Acid Earring, Print

Ryca

Acid Earring, 2020
30 x 25 x 1 cm
Print

$368

Pol Bury, Untitled, Print

Pol Bury

Untitled, 1974
100 x 70 x 0.1 cm
Print

$985

Our recommendations Pierre Doutreleau, Promenade sur la plage, Print

Pierre Doutreleau

Promenade sur la plage, 1989
63 x 90 x 0.3 cm
Print

$308

Lars Tunebo, Lion In Bed, Print

Lars Tunebo

Lion In Bed, 2016
33 x 44 cm
Print

$797

Zena Blackwell, Winging It, Print

Zena Blackwell

Winging It, 2020
30 x 21 x 0.1 cm
Print

$80

Jef Aérosol, This world is (y)our world, Print

Jef Aérosol

This world is (y)our world, 2019
60 x 40 cm
Print

$837

TRUST. iCON, Simple math, Print

TRUST. iCON

Simple math, 2020
50 x 70 x 1 cm
Print

$614

Hans Richter, Untitled, Print

Hans Richter

Untitled, 1971
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Print

$923

Filippo Imbrighi, Breakfast at Tiffany's with Audrey - XL, Print

Filippo Imbrighi

Breakfast at Tiffany's with Audrey - XL, 2019
100 x 70 x 1 cm
Print

$394 $492

Agent X, Queen (White/4), Print

Agent X

Queen (White/4), 2020
76 x 101 cm
Print

$1,089

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