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Abstract Art Posters: What Is a Giclée Print?

The Latest Sale team explores abstract art posters: what is a giclée print? We discuss how an art poster differs from a fine art print. An artist named Jack Duganne coined the term giclée in the 1990’s. In French, the word means ‘to spray’, which refers to the innovative printing process that defines giclées.

Any regular fine art print will use four dye-based colours. This is composed of tiny dots in cyan, magenta, yellow, and black no matter the range of details and shades of a given image. Contrarily, a giclée print uses twelve pigment-based inks that are sprayed onto the paper or canvas with an inkjet printer.

So, what are the benefits of this printing method? Because of the increased range of colours, a giclée print will be the most accurate representation of the original artwork. This is especially important for abstract art posters, which often employ complex shapes and a wide variety of colours. Giclée prints offer the best quality in terms of a sharp resolution. Additionally, the pigment-based inks are more vivid and durable than dyes. A framed giclée can last around 80 years without any noticeable fading. For all these reasons, a giclée abstract art limited edition print is more valuable than a regular art print or art poster.