As a watercolor painter, I am so thankful to live in the era of giclée printing.
Giclée printing conveys the luminosity and brilliance that represents the watercolor painting better than any other reproduction technique available. When printed on heavy watercolor paper, these reproductions rival original artwork in beauty and detail.
Giclée (pronounced zhee-clay) is a term created in the early 1990's to refer to digitally-reproduced fine art print and is based on the French verb “gicler” which means to squirt or spray a liquid, which is how the ink from the powerful inkjet printer is applied. Giclée has since then come to mean any high resolution inkjet print produced on large format printers from a digitally generated file. These printers use fade-resistant, archival inks with multiple variations of each color which increases the resolution and color accuracy and allows for more delicate color and value transitions.
Prominent art museums such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Guggenheim, Smithsonian Institute, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have hosted exhibitions featuring fine art giclée prints.
So that's what a giclée fine art print is. What you get when you buy a giclée print is artwork that is difficult to discern from the original, for a lot less money. It's a great way to get fine art into your hands and into your spaces, and stay within your budget.
To see a selection of my giclée prints, visit prints .
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