Is A “Giclee” (Pron: zheeclay) Print?
is a new and sophisticated, computer aided technique, printed with special
ink. Much has
been said about this process in recent years, particularly in regard to
the longevity of the inks used.
However, newly developed inks have been tested to show a “life” of 70 to
eliminating much of the concern over this issue. The colors of these
reproductions are especially
bright and pure, and the accuracy to the original is unlike any other reproduction
papers used are quite heavy watercolor types and edition sizes are usually
kept under 300.
Are Offset Reproductions?
"Offset Reproduction" is the most common type of fine art print.
Also known as "offset
lithographs", the process begins with the original painting being photographed
into 4 negatives; red, blue, yellow, and black. From the negatives,
special light sensitive plates
are created or “burned” for each color. The plates are fastened to
drums on a printing
press and partially submerged in the corresponding ink color. The
inks are rolled onto
the sheets of paper as they’re fed through the press. The majority
of printing is done this way and is
what most people refer to as "prints". An offset lithograph
is an entirely mechanical process.
Is A Signed & Numbered Limited Edition Print?
"Signed and numbered" print is a print from the edition that was published
signed by the artist. Each print will have its own number. If you
owned a print that was
numbered 25/500, this means that out of 500 prints that comprise the
edition, you have the 25th
one that was signed by the artist.
Is A "Remarque"?
is a small original sketch or painting that is done somewhere in the margin
of a limited edition
print. Usually an interesting detail from the painting is chosen and drawn
as the remarque.
Is An Open Edition Print?
an artist or publisher will decide to make an image available to the public
quantities. There is no predetermined edition size. Occasionally,
it is a smaller sized version
of one that was previously published as a limited edition print.
Sometimes it may be a vignette,
or just a section of the original. Most often, the art will not have
been previously published.
The paper and inks used are usually of lesser quality than those used for
limited editions, and
the artist neither signs nor numbers the prints. As a result
open edition prints are far less
Is An "AP", or Artist's Proof?
is a select part of a limited edition print run, where the artist &
publisher select out a certain
amount of the prints, typically about 10% of the total edition. The quality
of the print is the
same. If there were 50 prints set aside for the artists proofs, they
will be numbered AP 1/50,
(or 1/50 AP) up to AP 50/50. Some collectors prefer AP's because
they consider them a separate, small
edition, but in actuality, it’s not.
Is A Serigraph?
is a reproduction process that more closely mimics original art, but it
is still a reproduction.
They are usually done in significantly smaller edition sizes and are done
much like a silk screen
print. Layer after layer of ink is applied, one color at a time,
until it is finished. Sometimes 30,
40, or even more screens are applied to achieve the desired results.
The finished print is more
brilliant in color and has a more “original” look to it. They require
a much higher degree of work
by the artist than offset reproductions. This technique does not
lend itself well, however to every
artist's style. Edition sizes vary, but are usually no more than a few
Is A Poster?
poster print is a lithograph that is often done to commemorate an event
or used as an
advertisement. Old movie posters fall into this category. They
have much appeal and are often used
in decorating. The quality of paper used by the publisher varies
from publishing house to
publishing house. The same is true of the inks used in printing.
They are an inexpensive way to
decorate and the subject matter is limitless. It is not hard to find
posters that have universal
appeal. Many works by the "Old Masters" such as Monet, Manet, Renoir,
Cassatt, O Keefe,
and others are often printed as "posters". They are open editions,
although sometimes you will find
one that has gone "out of print".
about Art for Investment?
cannot say that this does not sometimes prove exciting and fruitful.
However, it is not
unusual to find that a print does not appreciate in value. Buying
art for investment is not
usually recommended. The person who buys a work of art because he/she
really likes it will never
be disappointed. If it is a reproduction or original that does indeed
go up in value over the
years, it is an added benefit. Some believe that collecting an “emerging”,
living artist’s work
has much greater potential for investment appreciation than work of deceased artists.
Is Proper Care For A Reproduction?
with any piece of art careful attention to handling and placement are important
preservation. In a few words, keep out of direct sunlight and away
from extreme heat and
moisture. If a print is purchased with the idea of reselling it at
some point, it needs to be kept
in perfect condition. Handling in such away as to avoid any creasing