The Term : Giclée (pronounced Zhee-Clay) is a French phrase refering to an
elevation in printmaking technology. Images are
generated from high-resolution digital scans and
printed with archival quality inks onto various
substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base
The Printing Process : Giclée prints are created typically
using professional 12-Color ink-jet
printers. The paper or canvas is carefully attached to a drum that spins while infinitely small pixels of rich, vibrant archival inks are sprayed at a very high speed. The Giclée printing process provides better
color accuracy than other means of reproduction and renders an amazingly smooth an consistent image.
The Quality : The quality of the Giclée print rivals
traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing
processes and is commonly found in museums, art
galleries, and photographic galleries. Giclée prints have become the standard in the limited edition print market.
The Market : Numerous examples of Giclée prints can be
found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the
Museum of Modern Art, and the Chelsea Galleries.
Recent auctions of giclee prints have fetched $10,800
for Annie Leibovitz, $9,600 for Chuck Close, and
$22,800 for Wolfgang Tillmans (April 23/24 2004,
Photographs, New York, Phillips de Pury & Company.)