WHAT IS GICLÉE PRINT?
Museums and galleries, both in the U.S. and abroad, have given
wide acceptance to Giclée prints by either purchasing Giclées for
their permanent collections or putting them on exhibition. Among
these museums are the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), the Guggenheim
Museum (NY), the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Smithsonian
Institution (Washington, D.C.).
The Giclée method of fine art reproduction has taken the art world
by storm. Excellent artistic rendering, superior quality, high
longevity and relative affordability have converged in the Giclée
print. The art world has responded enthusiastically, to the point
where sales of Giclée prints now measures in the hundreds of millions
of dollars annually, rising rapidly each year. This situation offers
those who appreciate fine art an unparalleled and unprecedented
opportunity to acquire, at affordable prices, the highest quality
fine art reproductions.
A Giclée (from the French, meaning "to spray") print
is produced using modern continuous tone inkjet printing technology.
The highest form of Giclée is the Iris Print, named after Iris®,
the makers of the finest brand of continuous tone printers available
today. The production process is as follows: the original work
of art is first rendered into digital form either by scanning the
original with a high resolution digital camera or by scanning a
photographic transparency of the original on a drum scanner.
Once the image is in digital form, the artist and the master printer work together
to create a print that is true to the original. At this point, the image can
be printed on the media chosen by the artist, the most common being canvas
and traditional watercolor paper. Making a Giclée print is a slow process,
requiring specialized equipment and techniques and meticulous work on the part
of the artist and printer to arrive at the best combination of sharpness, accurate
color, and artistic interpretation.
The resulting print is nothing short of astonishing. Giclée prints
look and feel like an original work of art, and are the best possible
reproduction of the original. They also have a much greater longevity
than traditional lithographic prints. Giclée prints, depending
on the specific ink and medium, have a longevity rating (before
any fading will start to occur) as high as 80 years as opposed
to ratings of less than 10 years for a typical lithograph.
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