Gicleé prints are a highly collectible, well established medium in the fine-art community and have a life expectancy that is in some cases longer than the original artwork. These prints are commonly referred to as “archival quality.” Life expectancy for a high quality well made Gicleé print can be over 100 years according to the rating published by the Wilhelm Imaging Research studies measuring lightfast ratings.
The word gicleé (zhee-CLAY) is a French noun meaning “a spray or spurt of liquid”. A Gicleé print is an individually produced, high-resolution, high-fidelity reproduction created on a special large format printer. Gicleé prints are produced from digital scans of existing artwork. They are produced directly from a digital file, saving generations of detail-robbing negatives and printing plates, as with traditional printing.
Gicleé prints can be printed on various surfaces; some on canvas,
watercolor paper, luster photo paper, parchment and others. Gicleé
prints are superior to traditional lithography in several ways. They
are priced between original art and regular limited edition lithographs.
Limited edition litho prints are usually produced in editions of 500-1000
or more, printed all at once; but gicleé prints rarely exceed
50-100 reproductions, printed one at a time. The colors are brighter,
last longer, and have such high-resolution that they are virtually continuous
tone, rather than tiny dots. The range of color for gicleé prints
exceeds that of lithography, and details are crisper.
Gicleé prints are appearing in the finest galleries and museums such as: The Lourvre Museum, The British Museum, The National Art Museum, The New York Metropolitan Museum, San Francisco Museum of Art and the Washington Post collection. There is no finer medium for Collectors to date than the gicleé print process for fine art.
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