A Giclée (pronounced Zhee-clay) is an individually produced, high-resolution fine art print now considered to be the most accurate technique for reproducing an artist's original works of art. The new high definition printing technique was developed in the United States during the 1990s, and is now the high end standard of the arts world. The most prestigious museums such as the Met, the Louvre, the Chicago Art Institute and the British Museum have now adopted the Giclée process.
The Giclée is unsurpassed in terms of matching the original artwork and also in terms of conservation. Thanks to new archival inks, conservation has been greatly improved from the offset lithography (the pigmented inks are rated >100 years without noticeable fading by William Imaging Research, USA).
Giclées are superior to traditional lithography in several ways. The gamut of color and resolution for Giclées is far beyond that of lithography or serigraphy. The colors are richer, brighter, last longer, and are so high-resolution that they are virtually continuous tone, rather than tiny dots. Giclées can be printed on a number of media, from canvas to watercolor paper. This renders an amazingly smooth and consistent image, a Museum Quality Fine Art Reproduction.
Since the digital image includes every subtlety and nuance of the original -- including the smallest details of light and shadows such as the textures of the paint and canvas or paper -- the fine art Giclée is often indistinguishable from the original work of art. Brush strokes have the appearance of brush strokes.
The process consists of a very sophisticated printer (with nozzles tinier than a human hair) that sprays millions of micro-droplets a second onto the media (paper or canvas). The Giclée is printed one line at a time and it may take an hour to complete a single 30" x 30" sheet.
Because Giclée printmaking is digital throughout the entire production process, there is much control of color and greater opportunity for artist interaction. Once completed, each art piece is inspected and goes through several quality control checks before the artist provides the final approval and signs the Certificate of Authenticity.
Giclées are priced midway between original art and regular limited edition lithographs. Limited edition lithograph prints are usually produced in editions of 500-1,000 or more, but Giclées rarely exceed 50-100 reproductions. Typically, limited edition Giclées are hand-signed by the artist indicating their personal approval of each work of art, and then individually numbered to identify each work of art as a part of the total edition.
RODEZart.com fine art Giclée prints are all produced using the finest materials currently available to produce Giclées of outstanding archival quality:
We use Epson UltraChrome K3 pigment inks which offer 8-color continuous tone printing with 2880 x 1440 dpi resolution. For Giclées on canvas, archival quality 18 mil thickness, 373 gsm, high resolution canvas is used. The prints are coated with an Ultra Violet (UV) inhibitor that provides protection from the harmful effects of ultraviolet light. The coating also protects the print from abrasion and light sprinkles of water. For printing on paper, we use museum-quality, acid-free, 285 gsm Hahnemühle Torchon archive-grade fine art paper with a natural white finish.
Each print is inspected by me and once it has passed the quality control checks, I sign, date, and place my seal on the Certificate of Authenticity. I then hand sign and number each piece individually. All my editions are limited to 100 (per size).
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No special care is required to maintain giclée prints. Giclées should be handled with the same care an artist would take in handling a pastel or watercolor original or any reproduction. They should be protected from water, moisture, abrasion, and direct sunlight. You can extend the life expectancy of a Giclée fine art print by not hanging it in sunlight or in rooms with excessive moisture.
Giclées printed on fine art papers do not have to be treated with special coatings but they should be framed and mounted behind glass for maximum protection. Giclées printed on canvas are treated with special coatings to protect them against dangerous UV light invisible to the human eye and to preserve the integrity of the print.
Care for your Giclée fine art print as you would any fine art reproduction and it will reward you with a lifetime of pleasure.