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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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Shelby, Steve McQueen, Print

Shelby

Steve McQueen, 2021
50 x 50 x 0.5 cm
Print

$1,004

Yaniv Edery, Rolex Bart, Print

Yaniv Edery

Rolex Bart, 2021
81 x 61 x 3.5 cm
Print

$9,911

Pola 4.0, Andy Warhol et Basquiat  #1900056 n°15/50, Print

Pola 4.0

Andy Warhol et Basquiat #1900056 n°15/50, 2019
50 x 40 x 0.5 cm
Print

$477

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

$502

Miss Tic, Plus fort que la passion l'illusion, Print

Miss Tic

Plus fort que la passion l'illusion, 2018
24 x 30 x 4 cm
Print

$866

Mick Finch, Book of Knowledge - Planche 180, Print

Mick Finch

Book of Knowledge - Planche 180, 2021
59 x 73 cm
Print

$627

Clet Abraham, Poliziotto Innamorato, Print

Clet Abraham

Poliziotto Innamorato, 2019
20 x 20 cm
Print

$226

Our recommendations Sophie Calle, Les seins miraculeux, Print

Sophie Calle

Les seins miraculeux, 2013
70 x 50 cm
Print

$452

Nicolas Barrome Forgues, Mostera, Print

Nicolas Barrome Forgues

Mostera, 2020
40 x 30 cm
Print

$100

Ghost Art, Time is money, Print

Ghost Art

Time is money, 2018
100 x 100 x 5 cm
Print

$3,638

Our recommendations Bernard Frize, Rami, Print

Bernard Frize

Rami, 2013
70 x 50 cm
Print

$452

Our recommendations Paola Pivi, Untitled (Zebras), Print

Paola Pivi

Untitled (Zebras), 2013
50 x 70 cm
Print

$452

Nora Ampova, Trump Ostrich, Print

Nora Ampova

Trump Ostrich, 2018
70 x 50 cm
Print

$489

Stoz, Stay in Sobriety, Print

Stoz

Stay in Sobriety, 2020
50 x 50 x 2 cm
Print

$157

Our recommendations Yrjö Edelmann, Summary of experimental observations of Black, Print

Yrjö Edelmann

Summary of experimental observations of Black, 2010
61 x 88 cm
Print

$941

Xavier Veilhan, Billet Moderniste, Print

Xavier Veilhan

Billet Moderniste, 2013
50 x 70 cm
Print

$452

Pauline Di Valentin, Pink Smoke, Print

Pauline Di Valentin

Pink Smoke, 2020
70 x 50 cm
Print

$88

Dominique Mulhem, Marilyn Mondrian, Print

Dominique Mulhem

Marilyn Mondrian, 2012
40 x 32 x 1 cm
Print

$5,646

Stom500, Wouasisisgood 2, Print

Stom500

Wouasisisgood 2, 2019
60 x 40 cm
Print

$157

Eric Liot, Campbell's, Print

Eric Liot

Campbell's, 2019
39.5 x 32 x 3 cm
Print

$627

Yasen Zgurovski, Flowerman, Print

Yasen Zgurovski

Flowerman, 2013
80 x 60 x 0.3 cm
Print

$464

Philippe Hérard, Cent regards 1, Print

Philippe Hérard

Cent regards 1, 2019
20 x 20 cm
Print

$100

Lucio Forte, Miranda 2, Print

Lucio Forte

Miranda 2, 2021
29.7 x 42 x 0.1 cm
Print

$151

Sylvie Abadie-Bastide, Boy G., Print

Sylvie Abadie-Bastide

Boy G., 2018
60 x 60 cm
Print

$728

Noah Borger, Gattica, Print

Noah Borger

Gattica, 2019
40 x 30 x 2 cm
Print

$113

Simon Hantaï, Empreinte II, Print

Simon Hantaï

Empreinte II, 2003
19.5 x 13 cm
Print

$941

Guillaume Piot, Âne, Print

Guillaume Piot

Âne, 2016
42 x 30 cm
Print

$113

ErriC, Another Dimension, Print

ErriC

Another Dimension, 2020
50 x 70 x 0.2 cm
Print

$238

Alessandra Bisi, Pink Urban Flowers (Mondo si collection works), Print

Alessandra Bisi

Pink Urban Flowers (Mondo si collection works), 2018
37 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Print

$295

Waltercio Caldas, WC 56 1, Print

Waltercio Caldas

WC 56 1, 2015
77 x 57 cm
Print

$2,258

Hernan Bas, The Signalmen, Print

Hernan Bas

The Signalmen, 2013
70 x 50 cm
Print

$452

Farhad Moshiri, Indian Boy in the Spot Light, Print

Farhad Moshiri

Indian Boy in the Spot Light, 2013
70 x 50 cm
Print

$452

Gianni Motti, Moneybox, Print

Gianni Motti

Moneybox, 2013
50 x 70 cm
Print

$452

Alicia Mihai, Fronteras, Print

Alicia Mihai

Fronteras, 2019
30 x 40 cm
Print

$1,129

Jordane Saget, Edition Jordane Saget sur béton, Print

Jordane Saget

Edition Jordane Saget sur béton, 2012
24 x 30 x 4 cm
Print

$429 $477

Claire Fontaine, Untitled (Castor 1), Print

Claire Fontaine

Untitled (Castor 1), 2013
90 x 120 cm
Print

$2,509

Sol del Rio, Play 01, Print

Sol del Rio

Play 01, 2020
70 x 50 x 0.5 cm
Print

$200

Clement Vuillier, Bambous, Print

Clement Vuillier

Bambous, 2020
40 x 30 cm
Print

$125

Paul Rousteau, Tour Eiffel 2, Print

Paul Rousteau

Tour Eiffel 2, 2020
40 x 30 cm
Print

$251

Ana Tisconia, Después, Print

Ana Tisconia

Después, 2018
65 x 52 cm
Print

$1,255

Ana Tiscornia, Entre dos esquinas, Print

Ana Tiscornia

Entre dos esquinas, 2018
65 x 52 cm
Print

$1,200

Bosquetro Bosquetro, Trino de Agua / Water Trill, Print

Bosquetro Bosquetro

Trino de Agua / Water Trill, 2018
59.4 x 42 cm
Print

$260

Rol, Wolverine, Print

Rol

Wolverine, 2016
45 x 32 x 1 cm
Print

$226

Agathe Wagner, Reciprocity 8, Print

Agathe Wagner

Reciprocity 8, 2016
60 x 42 x 1 cm
Print

$125

Luis Camnitzer, Portfolio Two parallel lines, Print

Luis Camnitzer

Portfolio Two parallel lines, 2014
28 x 43 cm
Print

$11,291

Sumit Mehndiratta, Amore, Print

Sumit Mehndiratta

Amore, 2018
122 x 122 x 3 cm
Print

$1,255

Mr Cute, Marilyn on the moon, Print

Mr Cute

Marilyn on the moon, 2020
60 x 40 cm
Print

$401

Lilia Mazurkevich, Hmph, Limited Edition Print, Print

Lilia Mazurkevich

Hmph, Limited Edition Print, 2019
60 x 80 x 1 cm
Print

$1,057

Marcello Quarta, Cat'z 3, Print

Marcello Quarta

Cat'z 3, 2020
70 x 70 x 2 cm
Print

$439

Papa Mesk, Colorz Lover "Special Edition", Print

Papa Mesk

Colorz Lover "Special Edition", 2020
54 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$2,133

Our recommendations Hyo Myoung Kim, Portrait of Suits: Nicolas Sarkozy, Print

Hyo Myoung Kim

Portrait of Suits: Nicolas Sarkozy, 2011
100 x 67 cm
Print

$5,102

Samuel Favarica, Chakras, Print

Samuel Favarica

Chakras, 2015
90 x 90 x 1 cm
Print

$2,509

Sax Berlin, Nirvana, Print

Sax Berlin

Nirvana, 2017
88.9 x 71.1 x 0.3 cm
Print

$565

Tehos, Mickey Salad, Print

Tehos

Mickey Salad, 2020
65 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Print

$533

Duilio Forte, ArkiZoic Ark 1, Print

Duilio Forte

ArkiZoic Ark 1, 2019
8 x 14 x 0.1 cm
Print

$63

Sophie Derrick, Seize - Blue Progress, Print

Sophie Derrick

Seize - Blue Progress, 2016
60 x 41 cm
Print

$364

Rose-Agathe Steiner, Twin Towers, Print

Rose-Agathe Steiner

Twin Towers, 2018
41 x 31 x 0.5 cm
Print

$124

Karine Giboulo, Pain Killer, Print

Karine Giboulo

Pain Killer, 2014
43.2 x 68.6 x 2.5 cm
Print

$1,650

Angelo Pioppo, Subprime, Print

Angelo Pioppo

Subprime, 2018
60 x 40 x 0.1 cm
Print

$627

Soklak Elgato, LSDreams 01, Print

Soklak Elgato

LSDreams 01, 2019
50 x 50 cm
Print

$376

Manitoba, Mundo Colorado, Print

Manitoba

Mundo Colorado, 2017
100 x 100 cm
Print

$2,509

Antonio Mora, The Goblin, Print

Antonio Mora

The Goblin, 2019
150 x 100 cm
Print

$815

La Fabrique du Sourire, Sourire Aiguille, Print

La Fabrique du Sourire

Sourire Aiguille, 2012
30 x 30 cm
Print

$157

Dominik Jasinski, Chineese Whispers, Print

Dominik Jasinski

Chineese Whispers, 2016
120 x 80 x 2 cm
Print

$470

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