Artist's proof

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a very early proof impression of an engraving, or the like; - often distinguished by the artist's signature.

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The very interesting thing is that he maintains an artist's proof of every work he's made, but he specifies that the artist's proof is of variable dimensions so he can print it out at any size he wants and he's constantly experimenting with it.
The piece was an artist's proof, meaning it was the first version cast and all other versions were replicas.
com)-- An important collection of French, Continental and Asian art and antiques including Napoleon III bronzes, porcelain, sculpture and paintings; a Pablo Picasso colored linocut; and a Marc Chagall original artist's proof lithograph are among the featured items to be auctioned off Saturday, December 19, 2015, from noon to 4 p.
An artist's proof is a trial print and is made first.
Raffle tickets, costing pounds 1, are still on sale for the chance to win an artist's proof of a Welsh Black bull, painted by Sir Kyffin Williams and donated by his old friend OG Thomas, Chwaen Goch, Llanerchymedd.
won the framed, autographed artist's proof of "New Beginnings," the introductory painting in the Celebration Series from AGROTAIN International LLC.
Up for grabs were 582 hedcuts of the famous, and the somewhat less so--each with the original artist's proof.
This piece (labeled "AP 18," meaning "the 18th Artist's Proof") is part of an edition of eight trial proofs, 20 artist's proofs and 200 final prints.
Highlights this year include an artist's proof from Tracey Emin called For You, featuring her cat Docket.
The museum paid around pounds 5,700 for the print, an artist's proof, from the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York.
The photographs are in editions of three, with one artist's proof.