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Prints

Printmaking is the process of creating artworks by creating an original design on a matrix, or a material used to hold an image in ink, that are usually on paper and often in an edition. There is a huge range of techniques associated with the art of printmaking, including engraving, etching, woodcut, and lithography. These techniques are categorized as relief, intaglio, planographic, or stencil: relief prints are created when ink is applied to the original surface of the matrix, intaglio processes apply the ink beneath the original surface of the matrix, planographic prints maintain the matrix’s original surface and specially prepare it to allow image transfer, and stencils are pressed through a prepared screen.

Printing techniques are also differentiated in part by how ink is transferred from a matrix to the material on which it is printed. For example, copper plates or polymer plates are used for the intaglio processes of engraving while silkscreen printing, a stencil process, is accomplished by dragging ink across silk or synthetic fabric boards onto the paper underneath.

These processes have inspired artists across the globe for centuries. The woodcut process originated in East Asia in the 3rd century and was championed by 19th-century Japanese master Katsushika Hokusai. Western artists who are renowned for their printmaking include Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco Goya, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Silkscreen prints were popularized in contemporary art by pop artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Ed Ruscha. Prints by artists of this caliber sell for astounding amounts at auction. A lithograph of “The Scream” by Edvard Munch sold at Sotheby’s in June 2016 for $2.6 million, and an Andy Warhol print from his disaster series entitled “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” set an auction record for the artist when it sold at Sotheby’s for $105.4 million in November 2013.

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Audubon, Imperial Folio - Ring-tailed Bassaris. 98
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CDT
Audubon, Imperial Folio - Ring-tailed Bassaris. 98
by Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,40012 Bids
Albrecht Durer, Germany (1471-1528), Ritter, Tod und Teufel (Knights, Death & the Devil) 1513, Copper engraving, later impression
Jul 28, 11:00 AM AEST
Albrecht Durer, Germany (1471-1528), Ritter, Tod und Teufel (Knights, Death & the Devil) 1513, Copper engraving, later impression
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD7009 Bids
Andy Warhol. "After the Party," serigraph
Jul 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Andy Warhol. "After the Party," serigraph
by Alex Cooper
Est: $20,000- $40,000
$22,5009 Bids
George Rodrigue, Absolut Rodrigue (Blue Dog)
Jul 24, 11:00 AM CDT
George Rodrigue, Absolut Rodrigue (Blue Dog)
by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $500- $700
$3508 Bids
After Albrecht Dürer, etching, "The Last Judgement", 5" x 3 3/4" image size, 13" x 11" overall
Jul 23, 2:00 PM EDT
After Albrecht Dürer, etching, "The Last Judgement", 5" x 3 3/4" image size, 13" x 11" overall
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$4758 Bids
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Bill Reid, 30 x 22 in. (76.2 x 55.9 cm.) (unframed)
Jul 31, 9:00 AM PDT
Bill Reid, 30 x 22 in. (76.2 x 55.9 cm.) (unframed)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$1,3008 Bids
FERNANDO DE JESUS OLIVEIRA, Picasso Meets Miro
Jul 24, 8:00 PM AEST
FERNANDO DE JESUS OLIVEIRA, Picasso Meets Miro
by Lawsons
Est: AUD500- AUD700
AUD1108 Bids
JOHN SINGER SARGENT (AMERICAN, 1856 - 1925)
Jul 25, 11:00 AM EDT
JOHN SINGER SARGENT (AMERICAN, 1856 - 1925)
by Vallot Auctioneers
Est: $300- $500
$8508 Bids
Kathe Kollwitz, German 1867-1945, Self-Portrait, Woodcut
Jul 31, 10:00 AM EDT
Kathe Kollwitz, German 1867-1945, Self-Portrait, Woodcut
by Nye & Company
Est: $400- $600
$4257 Bids
Louis Icart (1888-1950), "Sleeping Beauty," 1927, Drypoint Etching and Aquatint
Jul 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Louis Icart (1888-1950), "Sleeping Beauty," 1927, Drypoint Etching and Aquatint
by Block Auction House
Est: $100- $500
$3107 Bids
JOHN OLSEN "Beautiful Spring" Signed, LARGE Limited Edition Print 100cm x 125cm
Jul 22, 7:00 PM AEST
JOHN OLSEN "Beautiful Spring" Signed, LARGE Limited Edition Print 100cm x 125cm
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD1,9007 Bids

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