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What is a Giclée?

What is a Giclée?

Whether you want to create a gallery wall or hang one large statement-making piece, you don’t have to break the bank to invest in beautiful, inspiring works of art in your home. What if we told you that you can own the next best thing to the original at a fraction of the price? The answer lies within a giclée print.

 abstract painting girl red umbrella walking in rain city a Trip to Tiffanys palette knife painting grey Tiffany Blue Tiffany & Co  wall decor canvas print

The French word “giclée” (zhee-CLAY) means to spray or squirt, a nod to the inkjet printer, the elevated printmaking technology that creates the art. A giclée print is produced directly from a high-resolution digital scan of the existing fine art or photograph printed on a large-format inkjet printer using archival quality ink. The result is far superior color accuracy, detail and texture compared to other means of reproduction, such as traditional lithographic printing. In fact, it’s often hard to tell the difference between the original and a giclée.

Giclee art print above console table

Giclée prints have become the reproduction of choice for collectors, galleries, museums, photographers and artists not just for their fidelity and quality, but also because they’re relatively easy to reproduce and eliminate the expense of mass production. Limited edition print giclées are considered one-of-kind-works of art, since each print is created individually as opposed to being mass produced on huge presses. Numerous examples of giclées can be found in renowned collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.

Giclee art print above bed

The sheer versatilty of giclée printing is also unmatched. A giclée print can be reproduced on any type of medium, from canvas to watercolor paper to photo paper, and in any size (even billboards!). So whatever type of art you may be looking for, you can most likely find a giclée reproduction.

~repost from Ballard Designs

Although Christine Bell Krainock's Original Artworks contain the texture which each individual knife stroke gives, purchasing her artwork as giclee canvas prints is a wonderful affordable option for many of her clients.  Her prints are available through this site,


  • Posted by Christine on

    Hi Judy,
    I believe the Cherry Blossom painting that you are referring to is my painting “Change of Seasons” which is available on my website as a Custom, Commissioned Painting here: Thanks so much for your comment! My Best, Christine

  • Posted by Judy Dray on

    Love painting which is blue, grey and whites
    Of cherry (?) blossom at an angle down canvas.
    I have not found it again but really liked it. Blossoms were in white. Judy Dray

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