What is a giclee? >>
What makes giclées a higher quality print than the traditional paper fine art prints? >>
What if I want a giclée, but it’s the wrong size for my wall? >>
How do I care for my canvas giclée? >>
Will canvas giclées ever fade or will the colors bleed? >>
How can I tell the difference between a Canvas Giclée and an Original painting? >>
What do the numbers next to the signature on my canvas giclée or fine art print mean? >>
Are lower numbered prints worth more? >>
What is a Remarque? >>
What are Reproduction Rights? >>
Do Reproduction Rights expire? >>

A giclée (pronounced zhee-clay) is a reproduction of an original painting digitally printed on an archival, museum quality canvas. It is the closest duplication of an original ever produced. Giclées are quickly becoming the new standard in the art industry. 

Over time, paper prints (often referred to as a fine art prints) can wrinkle and/or fade due to moisture and direct light. They also require matting and glass when framed to protect them, which adds cost and weight to the finished product. Giclées are printed on an archival museum quality canvas and treated with the same varnish as original paintings. This process eliminates the possibility of fading and the need for matting or glass. 

Giclées can be made larger or smaller with the cost adjusting accordingly. This process will not negatively impact the print quality. 

Giclées are moisture resistant, and can be wiped off with a damp cloth if needed. 

No. Giclées are fade resistant. The special varnish applied to the gicle´es will protect it from fading or colors bleeding. In fact, lighting, such as a spotlight, is encouraged to illuminate the color and detail of your giclée. 

It is difficult just looking at them – they look identical, but there is one easy way…the price! Otherwise, simply look at the artist’s signature. Original paintings have one signature and giclées have 2 artist signatures. One is the reproduction of the original signature (in paint), and the other, (usually in pen), is signed in the vicinity of the original signature with numbers representing the size in the reproduction, or giclée, series. 

Every reproduction, or print, of an original is created with a limited number of reproductions available. This is partially what gives a print (whether giclée or a paper print) its value. For example, if only 200 prints of a painting are going to be produced, each print gets its own number. So, if you bought one of the first prints produced in a new series, your giclée may be 4/200. Number 1 is considered the highest valued print, but often an artist offers the print at a higher price or not at all, as to keep it for him/herself. 

The lower the number, the more potential worth it holds, especially if the series size is small. Mark produces very small quantities of each series, so the entire series holds its value well. However, if 2 identical prints were being auctioned off against each other, the lower numbered print would typically bring more money, so low numbers can be advantageous. 

A Remarque is a small original painting added to a fine art print. A Remarque gives a print a uniqueness because it truly makes a reproduced print a one of a kind. Remarques can painted on or pencil sketched on a fine art print or stamp by the artist. Examples of these can be seen in the Federal Duck Stamp Executive Edition (pencil sketch) and Presidential Edition (acrylic painted Remarque). 

When you acquire the reproduction rights on an original painting, you have the option to make a limited series of fine art prints and/or gicle´es in any quantity you desire. Some uses of these prints are for fundraising or as gifts for clients, employees or family members. For more detailed information on reproduction rights & cost information, please contact Mark Anderson Wildlife Art. 

No. You can reproduce prints immediately or you can wait. Either way, you need to make sure you have a document of reproduction rights signed by the Artist.