Giclée is a printing process based on inkjet technology that guarantees the highest quality and colour fidelity. In the art sector, it is often used for true to the original reproductions of paintings. But artists also use it as an alternative to conventional printing techniques.

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Giclée Print – Print Quality That Fulfils the Highest Artistic Demands

Giclée is a technique used to print digital pictures in high resolution. Due to its excellent quality, this process is particularly suitable for producing faithful reproductions at museum standards. In addition, artists use it to print their works, such as illustrations and designs created on a computer or photographs. Giclée printing is based on the technology of inkjet printers but works with up to twelve individual colours, which enables it to reproduce a much wider range of colours than a conventional printer. As a result, the prints appear much more detailed and vivid, and colour gradients can be reproduced without any visible gradation. In addition to the very realistic print image, other properties make Giclée printing very interesting – especially for art. For example, the colours are considered lightfast and extremely durable. A fine art Giclée print can last up to 80 years (without direct sunlight) without the colours losing their brilliance. Another advantage of this printing process is that they can be printed without more extensive preparations, as those required by offset printing, for example. In addition, Giclée printers produce the pictures very quickly, and the prints do not have to dry or anything like that. Incidentally, some of the same materials that are already known from painting and other forms of printing, for example, canvas or artists' papers, are suitable as image carriers for a Giclée print.

From Test Print to Independent Art Technique

Giclée printing was originally developed in the early 1990s as a technique for making test prints or colour proofs before producing larger runs of printed matter in offset. These high-quality proofs made it possible to check colours and identify errors without spending a lot of time. However, due to its high quality, this technology was later able to establish itself in serial production as well. Artists discovered the potential of this process, as it enabled them to print files in unprecedented quality. When a work of art is printed as a Giclée, the artist can sign and number it just like any other painting or drawing, and it is thus considered an original, just like a hand-painted work.

Buy Giclée Prints at ars mundi

At ars mundi, we use modern Giclée prints for many of our reproductions. Since it makes it possible to reproduce in museum quality, you too can enjoy classics from museums and collections. In our online shop, you can buy some of the most important motifs of art history as Giclée prints, for example, Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night", Sandro Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus", Franz Marc's "Blue Horse I", Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa", Gustav Klimt's "Adele Bloch-Bauer I", Paul Klee's "Baldgreis" or Claude Monet's "Impression, Sunrise". In addition, we offer other Giclée prints by contemporary artists such as Jean-Claude Cubaynes, Ma Tse Lin, Robert Hettich, Christine Kremkau, Gerd Bannuscher and Michael Becker.