Giclée (pronounced zhee-klay) is a term based on the French word “gicleur” which means “nozzle”; the verb form “gicler” means to spray or squirt, which is how an inkjet printer works.
Giclées are amazingly accurate reproductions on a variety of fine art papers and canvases. Using the most advanced archival pigment technology a masterpiece Giclée print has all the tonalities and hues of the original painting, and has a lifespan up to 120 years without any signs of fading if kept out of the sun.
In Giclée printing, no screen or other mechanical devices are used and therefore there is no visible dot screen pattern. It is not the same as a standard desktop inkjet printer, and is much larger.
The way the image is scanned is different also. The original work of art is scanned directly on a drum scanner. It’s so sophisticated, in fact, that it produces prints which truly capture the artist’s original intent.
Even museums have realized the vast potential of this technology and have made Giclée editions a permanent part of their collections, including thet Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco) and Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles) to name a few.
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