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Home > What is a Fine Art Giclée Print?

Giclée (pronounced jee-clay) is a French term meaning "spray of ink." Giclée printing is a technology that reproduces fine art on paper or canvas to produce a precise digital reproduction with the look and feel of an original painting. This gives each piece a similar look and feel to an original work of art. The quality of the reproduction is superior to all other printmaking methods. The mediums used are acid free. Vibrant archival inks are sprayed at a very high speed in tiny pixels to render an amazingly smooth and consistent image, a Museum Quality Fine Art Reproduction.

A special UV protective agent is applied as an invisible top coat that will not crack or turn yellow. If the print has not been coated, it must be protected from moisture by real glass or plexiglass, which is virtually shatter-proof. Each fine art print is inspected and goes through several quality control checks before the artist gives her final approval.

The Giclée is quickly becoming the new standard in the art industry, and is widely embraced for its astonishing quality by major museums, galleries, publishers and artists. A Giclée Print is quite simply the closest replication of an original artwork that is currently possible.

Giclée prints have an impressive record for exhibition at galleries and museums:

  • The Louvre Museum in Paris
  • The British Museum
  • The Washington Post collection
  • The New York Public Library
  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The New York Metropolitan Museum
  • The National Art Museum
  • The San Francisco Museum of Art

Treat your Giclée as you would any fine work of art

  • Never display in direct sunlight
  • Never expose to extreme temperatures
  • Never rub the painting
  • Never use water, cleaning solvents or chemicals on either side of the paper or canvas

A comment on Giclée printing

Giclée printing provides for the highest quality fine art graphics with rich colors in the tradition of original lithography. This process even provides better color accuracy than any other means of reproduction and is virtually indistinguishable from the original painting!

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