What is a Giclée? 

The term Giclée (Jee-clay) originated in the early 1990s by a print maker whose goal was to distinguish the higher quality prints he was making from the negatively perceived “inkjet” term.  Within time, the word giclée came to be synonymous with professional  quality prints created using an high-end inkjet spray using archival pigment inks designed to resist fading (and depending upon the archival ink used, if the giclée is framed and matted with an acid-free/lignin free matte, with proper care not hung in direct sunlight, the giclee can last well over 100 years), the chemical composition allows the pigment to hold fast to the printed surface, without “running” even if exposed to a moderate amount of moisture.

The archival inks used in giclées are brighter, are of a higher resolution, larger color gamut than other printing methods, resulting in an reproduction that is hard to differentiate from the original painting. 

Because of these characteristics the giclée is considered the standard of professional artists, museums, gallery owners, curators, art collectors alike, ranking far superior than the common inferior cheaply mass-produced art prints which are hardly fade-resistant, made up of tiny dots of non archival dyes that are visible when viewed up close. 

 

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