What is a Giclée?

What is a giclee?

Learn about art giclees

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.

Giclee art print in purples and pinks

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.

We’ve long been fans of giclée prints and have expanded our collection to include a larger variety, from maps to abstract.

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    January 16, 2017

    I absolutely love the first piece on this post. Can you please tell me where I can find it?

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    grace lipani

    June 11, 2014

    Trying to find a giclee for my den. I have an 11 1/2 ft. wall and the sofa in front of the wall is almost 9 ft. long. I like the Spring Walkway Gicleee, the colors would go nice with the room, however, don’t think it is long enough for the wall. Do you have any suggestions.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      June 27, 2014

      Hi Grace,

      We would love to help you pick a piece of art for your den! In fact, we have an entire team dedicated to helping customers solve decorating problems in their home. If you go to this page and complete the form, someone from our Design Solutions team can get back to you with a answer to your question!

      Looking forward to helping you with your space,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    April 20, 2014

    Thanks so much for the information. I am just beginning to collect art and need” lots of help” with this. You show so many different options for hanging pictures. My next project is to have 2 pieces of artwork framed.

    Will check this website further for that information……… thanks for all the information you provided,


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      How to Decorate Team

      April 21, 2014

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Thanks for your comment. We would love to give you some guidance in regards to your wall decor. Our design services team is always ready to hear your design dilemmas. If you would submit your question through this form, our team will create a full plan for you!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team