What Is a Giclée?

Agiclée is a reproduction of an original painting or drawing. It is made by capturing a digital image of the original artwork, then printing that image on paper or canvas using an inkjet printer. The use of high-resolution images, large-format inkjet printers, pigmented inks, & archival paper means that a giclée can be very faithful to the original artwork, durable to the passage of time, & a beautiful piece of art in itself.

Why do artists offer giclée editions to their clients? Reproducing artwork means the artist can sell that particular image over & over again while retaining the actual painting or drawing. But giclées, in particular, are – or should be – high-quality, very accurate reproductions, thereby giving the artist the added satisfaction of knowing that each one is faithful to the original. Also, since each giclée is printed separately, the artist can order any number of prints from the printmaker, even just one. This gives the artist the flexibility of a "just-in-time" business approach. Finally, because the necessary technology & equipment are accessible to anyone so inclined, an artist could actually chose to make her own giclées.

Why purchase a giclée? Giclées are less expensive than the original paintings & drawings they represent, yet when properly framed & displayed, they can bring much of the same enjoyment to the owner.