Loading Spinner

Impressionist & Modern Prints

Though widely known for oil painting, Impressionist artists of mid- 19th century Paris experimented extensively with printmaking techniques. Impressionist prints were typically etchings, aquatints, lithographs, and more rarely, monotypes.

Many mid-century artists, such as Henri Toulouse-Lautrec were printmakers by trade, creating poster and magazine illustrations in addition to independent artistic works. Heavily influenced by Japanese Ukiyo-e woodcut prints, 19th-century artists borrowed the flat areas of color, off-center perspective, and distinct line characteristics of this printmaking tradition.

During the 20th century, modern photo reproduction methods supplanted the need for traditional printmaking techniques for mass distribution, and printmaking was increasingly used for artistic rather than commercial purposes. Modern art prints reflected the major artistic movements of the late 19th and early 20th century. The modern master Marc Chagall who defied categorization within a traditional art historical movement created a prolific body of etchings and lithographs.


Quick Facts

  • German artist George Grosz worked in etching and lithography to create works that were unapologetically critical of the government in mid-20th century Germany
  • The first prints artist Joan Miró created were shortly after he joined the Surrealism movement. He intended the prints to accompany poems, most notably those of Tristan Tzara, a prominent figure in the Dada movement
  • Modern American printmakers George Bellows, John Sloan, and Reginald Marsh were notable for their social commentary and documentation of urban life in rapidly industrializing America

Recommended Items at Auction

See all items

12" x 14" 'Haida Blue Moon' Framed Art Picture by Clarence Mills
May 02, 9:00 PM EDT
12" x 14" 'Haida Blue Moon' Framed Art Picture by Clarence Mills
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $300
$900 Bids
Andy Warhol "$ (Dollar signs)" Limited Edition Suite of 4 Silk Screen Prints from Sunday B Morning.
Apr 16, 10:00 AM PDT
Andy Warhol "$ (Dollar signs)" Limited Edition Suite of 4 Silk Screen Prints from Sunday B Morning.
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $4,692- $5,865
$1,9000 Bids
National BNC, Color Sample Proof Vignette Denomination Counters for 100 & 200 Pounds. ca.1860-70
Apr 18, 11:00 AM EDT
National BNC, Color Sample Proof Vignette Denomination Counters for 100 & 200 Pounds. ca.1860-70
by Archives International Auctions, LLC
Est: $200- $400
$100 Bids
Attrib. Ed. Ruscha. (American b.1937) Lithograph
Apr 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Attrib. Ed. Ruscha. (American b.1937) Lithograph
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$250 Bids
WILLIAM NICHOLSON (BRITISH, 1781-1844), ALPHABET
Apr 20, 3:00 PM PDT
WILLIAM NICHOLSON (BRITISH, 1781-1844), ALPHABET
by California Asian Art Auction Gallery USA
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$8000 Bids
Cam Andrews, Canadian , To Do List; Write Song, serigraph, #2/10, 19 x 12 1/2 in. (48.3 x 31.8 cm.)
Apr 17, 9:00 AM PDT
Cam Andrews, Canadian , To Do List; Write Song, serigraph, #2/10, 19 x 12 1/2 in. (48.3 x 31.8 cm.)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $200- $300
$1400 Bids
Untitled
Apr 25, 8:00 PM CEST
Untitled
by Venduehuis der Notarissen
Est: €100- €150
€1000 Bids
After BEHM (*1897), Folder Musical Sound Movement Pictures, Offset printing
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CEST
After BEHM (*1897), Folder Musical Sound Movement Pictures, Offset printing
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €120- €200
€800 Bids
H. BRAUER (20th), Dancer on stage, around 1900, Etching
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CEST
H. BRAUER (20th), Dancer on stage, around 1900, Etching
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €150- €200
€1000 Bids
L. DESBUISSONS (*1870), Alpine lake landscape with village, around 1900, Etching
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CEST
L. DESBUISSONS (*1870), Alpine lake landscape with village, around 1900, Etching
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €120- €200
€800 Bids
R. DREHER (1875-1932), The fisherman and his wife, 1923, Lithography
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CEST
R. DREHER (1875-1932), The fisherman and his wife, 1923, Lithography
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €120- €200
€800 Bids
R. DREHER (1875-1932), Smoking fisherman, 1923, Lithography
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CEST
R. DREHER (1875-1932), Smoking fisherman, 1923, Lithography
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €120- €200
€800 Bids
R. DREHER (1875-1932), The fisherman in bed at night, 1923, Lithography
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CEST
R. DREHER (1875-1932), The fisherman in bed at night, 1923, Lithography
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €120- €200
€800 Bids
R. DREHER (1875-1932), The fisherman, papal audience, 1923, Lithography
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CEST
R. DREHER (1875-1932), The fisherman, papal audience, 1923, Lithography
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €120- €200
€800 Bids
R. DREHER (1875-1932), The trapped butt, 1923, Lithography
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CEST
R. DREHER (1875-1932), The trapped butt, 1923, Lithography
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €120- €200
€800 Bids
R. DREHER (1875-1932), The indignant woman, 1923, Lithography
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CEST
R. DREHER (1875-1932), The indignant woman, 1923, Lithography
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €120- €200
€800 Bids
R. DREHER (1875-1932), The Fisherman and his Wife, Homecoming, 1923, Lithography
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CEST
R. DREHER (1875-1932), The Fisherman and his Wife, Homecoming, 1923, Lithography
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €120- €200
€800 Bids
R. DREHER (1875-1932), Queen at the mirror, 1923, Lithography
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CEST
R. DREHER (1875-1932), Queen at the mirror, 1923, Lithography
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €120- €200
€800 Bids
R. DREHER (1875-1932), Butt and Fischer, 1923, Lithography
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CEST
R. DREHER (1875-1932), Butt and Fischer, 1923, Lithography
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €120- €200
€800 Bids
C. ERNST (19th), Votive card, votive picture with adoration of Mary, Steel engraving
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CEST
C. ERNST (19th), Votive card, votive picture with adoration of Mary, Steel engraving
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €45- €75
€300 Bids
H. HALM (19th), Bookplate Georg Halm Munich, around 1915, Woodcut
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CEST
H. HALM (19th), Bookplate Georg Halm Munich, around 1915, Woodcut
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €60- €100
€400 Bids
P. HARTMANN (*1890), Luise Lessing als Desdemona, 1923, Etching
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CEST
P. HARTMANN (*1890), Luise Lessing als Desdemona, 1923, Etching
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €150- €200
€1000 Bids
O. HUPP (1859-1949), Wappen Crailsheim, Lithography
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CEST
O. HUPP (1859-1949), Wappen Crailsheim, Lithography
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €75- €125
€500 Bids
O. HUPP (1859-1949), Coat of arms Paumgarten, Lithography
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CEST
O. HUPP (1859-1949), Coat of arms Paumgarten, Lithography
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €75- €125
€500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Impressionist & Modern Prints


Fichter Kunsthandel

Fichter Kunsthandel

Maynards Fine Art & Antiques

Maynards Fine Art & Antiques

Venduehuis der Notarissen

Venduehuis der Notarissen

Archives International Auctions, LLC

Archives International Auctions, LLC