Galerie Beaumont became
in 1982 a representative
of Christie's Contemporary Art, London (now
CCA Galleries), an
important source of original prints.
WHAT IS AN ORIGINAL PRINT?
Definition: It is a work of art, created in a limited edtion and
numbered and signed in pencil by the artist.
image is normally imprinted on paper, but other material can also be used. When the edition is complete, the
plates or screens are cancelled to ensure the integrity and limitation of the print run.
The print is created by an artist
using a special medium - etching, aquatint, dry point, lithography, mezzotint, screenprinting, or
another graphic technique as well as mixed media - to produce effects that could not be
achieved in any other way.
Dürer and Rembrandt created some
of the world“s most famous etchings. Modern masters of printmaking include Chagall,
Moore, Miró, Picasso and Tąpies.
The first print of an edition of, for example, 75 prints, is numbered
1/75; the last print 75/75. Each print of an edition has in
principle the same value.
An artist may make a few additional
prints for his friends, "artist“s proof" (A.P.) or "epreuve
d“artiste" (E.A.). They are normally numbered in Roman letters (e.g. as III/X rather
than 3/10). In French, a print is “une gravure“ or “une estampe“. >>
Joan Miró, "Enrajolats", 1978 aquatint, edition of 13.
This gallery provides also a useful explanation of an 'original print'.