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Lithograph Print -  a reproduction of the original work of art usually done in full color. Each color in a print requires a separate pass on the lithogaphers press, with a minimum of four colors required to obtain the full color spectrum.  These colors are created by printing different size dots of colors onto the surface.  Purchasing a lithograph print is a smart, economic way to own the artist's best works and attain an authentic signature.

 


 

Giclee- (gee-clay)  A French word meaning to "spray" a liquid. A Giclee is a  high-resolution, high-end reproduction done on a specialize large format printer that "sprays" ink onto the surface. Giclees are produced from digital scans of existing artwork.  Giclees can be printed on any number of media, from canvas to watercolor paper to vinyl, (we print on canvas).  The colors are vivid, last longer, and have such a high-resolution that they are virtually 'continuous tone', rather than tiny dots. The ink is sprayed onto the canvas, actually mixing the color on the page to create truer shades and hues. The range, or "gamut" of color for giclees is extraordinary, and details are crisp. 

The Giclee process uses inkjet technology, but far more sophisticated than your  desktop printer. Giclee prints  are coveted by collectors for their fidelity and quality, and desired by galleries and artists alike because they so accurately reproduce the original art.

 


 

Reworked / Retouched - or "re-painted" is a term used to describe a reproduction (typically a Giclee) that has been painted on top of the image by the artist. Reworking a Giclee transforms the artwork into a "Giclee Original." This process doubles or even tripples the market value.

 


 

Remarqued - is a term referring to a small drawing, by the artist, on a reproduction.

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