The Origin of Giclée Prints

The French word giclée describes a technique of spraying, a term that has been accepted to define high quality archival fine art prints created digitally. In 1991, Jack Duganne, a master fine-art print maker from Santa Monica, CA, accepted the challenge of coining a new word for this technique of spraying. Giclée comes from the French word for nozzle - "gicleur."

Over the years, as giclées have gained acceptance in fine galleries and museum settings, more and more questions have been raised over what qualities distinguish a giclée from run-of-the-mill digital prints. The fine art print must be reproduced with the exacting details, subtle nuances, and the gradations of tones of the original painting. The giclée print has an apparent resolution much greater than a traditional lithographic print and a wider color range than serigraphy.

The final product, printed on archival watercolor paper, has the rich look and texture of the original work of art. The reproduction will last longer that the original piece of art since it does not fade.

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