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Signed original prints


Original Lithographs
Original Lithographs
Etchings - Aquatints
Etchings - Aquatints
Serigraphs - Screenprints
Serigraphs - Screenprints

Graphics printed in small limited editions and signed by the artist are flagships in the area of artistic print graphics and are placed on the same level as unique copies of painted art (paintings). Ultimately they are also original pieces of art. The only difference is that there are 100 to 200 copies of them, depending on the number of prints. This is the difference between original graphics and art prints. The latter are not originals, but always remain just copies of originals in usually large editions.

By degrees, last century’s artists have replaced woodcuts and linocuts with printing techniques for making lithographs or etchings. Woodcuts and linocuts had before replaced engravings (copper and steel engraving techniques). These modern techniques offered more and different possibilities for their compositions and reduced the printing effort tremendously. Screen printing techniques for the production of serigraphs also became more and more popular, especially with artists whose works were based on laminar colour segmentations.

We are continuously approached about the question whether an etching is worth more than, say, a lithograph or a serigraph. The answer is always the same: The value of a graphic is dependent on several factors, like the popularity of the artist, the date of origin, the obvious degree of effort (e.g. the number of printed colours), the attribute of the characteristics, or the artistic flow, the edition, the size of the sheet or the presentation, the kind of paper and - very importantly - the condition of a(n old) piece. The popularity of a motive with the public and collectors also plays an important role when the value of a piece of art is to be assessed.

If you don’t have any fixed priorities yet, you are best advised to not pay attention to any of the above-mentioned information and let your heart and your senses make the decision. The works of a not yet well-known artist whose piece of art you like the sight of most, will give you pleasure for many years and has more value for your quality of life than any big names or material value.

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