Common Art Print Terms

Acid free paper or Canvas – Paper or canvas treated to neutralize its acidity in order to protect fine art and photographic prints from discoloration and deterioration.

Impression – Art made by any printing stamping process.

Limited Edition – Set of identical prints numbered in succession and signed by the artist. The total number of prints is fixed or “limited” by the artist who supervises the printing.

Open Edition – A series of prints or objects in an art edition that has an unlimited number of copies.

Monoprint – One-of-a-kind print conceived by the artist and printed by or under the artist’s supervision.

Collage – An artwork comprising of portions of various existing images such as from photographs or prints and arranged so that they join, overlap or blend to create a new image.

Multiple Originals – A set of identical fine prints in which the artist personally conceived the image, created the master plates and executed or supervised the entire printing process. Example: etching.

Original Print – one-of-a-kind print, in which the artist personally conceived the image, created the master plates and executed the entire printing process.

Provenance – Record of ownership for a work of art, ideally from the time it left the artist’s studio to its present location; thus creating an unbroken ownership history.

Remarque – Small sketch in the margin of an art print or additional enhancements by the artist on some or all of the final prints within an edition.

Restrike – Additional prints made from a master plate, block, lithograph stone, etc. after the original edition has been exhausted.