Giclees and Reproductions


"Giclee", from the French word meaning "to spray", refers to the digitally reproduced art on the same or similar type of surface as that of the original, such as paper or canvas, one at a time, using archival inks. Prints traditionally were reproduced in "runs", that is, in volume or at least usually in a minimum number, to justify the initial setup costs and time involved. While individual giclee costs are higher, comparatively, because of this giclee technology they can be reproduced in far fewer numbers at still affordable prices. An offset print or lithograph edition of just one print would be rare indeed since the whole point of making prints or reproductions at all is to reproduce them in quantity and sometimes in great quantity. The more recent innovation of giclee technology makes even just one print possible and affordable even though, individually, it will typically be more expensive than one offset print of an edition of 100 or 500 or 1000 or 5000 or whatever the offset edition number might be. Obviously, such "economies of scale" do favor the offset or lithograph method but, again, those methods of reproduction are where the artist knows or reasonably suspects there is the adequate market or demand for such a larger number.



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