SOLD AS GICLEE PRINTS
What are they and how do they work in fine art reproductions?
Prior to the beginning of the 21st Century the litho reproduction method was used to render copies of fine art in which the half tone pattern was seen with a loss of detail. However, since the beginning of this decade print making technology began to move into a fresh innovative process called Giclee that made possible a whole new way of reproducing fine art that has all the exact colors and tones of an original work. That is possible because during the Giclee process there is no automatic devices, or screens used but rather the print is rendered from high resolution digital scans so there is no dot screen pattern that can be seen in the print itself.
The dictionary defines a Giclée as is a multiple print or exact copy of an original painting, drawing or other works of art that can be reproduced digitally, typically via inkjet printing. Giclee in French means to spray or squirt, which is what an inkjet printer does. But a Giclee print machine is much larger. Special light-fast inks are used. Artists have professional photographs taken of their work, which the Giclee printers will use to scan directly into the drum scanner of the machine, and can, in turn, be printed on any substrate chosen by the artist. The pattern of the print is that of the artist not that of the printer. Giclee printers are able to render extremely detailed prints that are used extensively in the photography and fine arts marketplace today.
GICLEE PRINT BENEFITS
For artists, Giclee prints enable them to replicate their work as needed for sales at reasonable costs. Plus they can be made in various sizes and placed on any surface. Thus the artist can have prints made to order for their customers. Giclee’s maintain the veracity and fine quality of the artist’s paintings so that the purchaser can enjoy their work in their own homes or offices at a price that is much more affordable than purchasing an original work.
CARE & MAINTENANCE OF GICLEE PRINTS
With care, Giclee prints will give the purchaser the enrichment of owning an excellent copy of a work of art. The archival integrity of these prints will give the viewer many decades of viewing pleasure. Like watercolors, prints should not be hung in a place that gets the steady morning or afternoon sun. They will need to have acid-free, archival backing and framed under either glass or plexi-glass.