“Artist’s proof” is a special subcategory of regular limited editions. Its purpose is mainly to gain an impression of what the finished work or the finished photograph will look like.
The “Artist’s Proof” HISTORY
The “artist’s proof” story began in the 1800's among English artists, who practically made their livings by selling small editions. As “proof” for art collectors, the term or inscription “artist’s proof” was placed underneath the picture.
The “Artist’s Proof” VALUE
Art historians, curators, enthusiasts and collectors see “artist’s proofs” as especially desirable and valuable because of their rarity and the insight they give into the work progress. In the case of a photographic artist that has died, these can later on serve as proof of the development of a piece of artwork.