The monoprint is a form of printmaking where the image can only be made once, unlike most printmaking which allows for multiple originals

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  • Tracey Emin, 'From the Week of Hell '94' 1995
    Tracey Emin
    From the Week of Hell '94 1995
    Monoprint on paper
    image: 420 x 593 mm
    Presented by the Patrons of New Art (Special Purchase Fund) through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1999© Tracey Emin
  • Berenice Sydney, 'Monoprint with Red Hand' 1973
    Berenice Sydney
    Monoprint with Red Hand 1973
    Relief print on paper
    image: 794 x 587 mm
    Presented by the artist through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975© The estate of Bernice Sydney
  • Bryan Wynter, 'Path Through Wood' 1950
    Bryan Wynter
    Path Through Wood 1950
    Monoprint on paper
    image: 375 x 292 mm
    Purchased 1990© The estate of Bryan Wynter

An impression is printed from a reprintable block, such as an etched plate or woodblock, but in such a way that only one of its kind exists, for example by incorporating unique hand-colouring or collage.

The term can also refer to etchings which are inked and wiped in an expressive, not precisely repeatable manner; to prints made from a variety of printing elements that change from one impression to the next; or to prints that are painted or otherwise reworked by hand either before or after printing.

The beauty of monoprinting lies in its spontaneity and its allowance for combinations of printmaking, painting and drawing media.