What is Giclée?

The giclée is a relatively new form of fine art reproduction. Although the process was created by a group of artists in Southern California in the mid- 1980’s, the term giclée (pronounced zhee-clay) is a combination of two French words that mean “the spraying of ink”. Initially, most giclées were made using an Iris printer, a four-color device.

The first inks were made with dyes and were not specifically developed for the fine art
market.

Today the newer inkjet technologies have introduced the capability to not only use much more permanent pigment-based inks, but also to use anywhere from six to eight colors. A giclée printer produces over four million droplets of ink per second; those micro-droplets combine to form more than two thousand shades of color.

Giclées are recognized as fine art prints by museums all over the world, many of which
choose them as their own in-house custom-made prints from the great masters originals.

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