The quality of facsimile and giclée prints

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When writing this post, a big smile comes across my face. It reminds me of my late father. Like world travelers of the 18th and 19th centuries he believed in the beauty of nature, as it was portrayed in art.

The art of nature

Seeing the most beautiful illustrations of animals, birds, flowers, butterflies and native Americans in the museums across the Netherlands, my father was bewitched. He too wanted to show that art and nature could be combined. But he was depressed by the poor quality of many of the prints that were available to buy.

Giclée printing

A few years later, my father came into contact with Marcel Salomé. Who had a company producing the highest quality fine art prints and specialized in making facsimile’s and giclée’s (Re-Art).
Although my father had been a publisher, he had never heard of this printing technique. A technique invented in America in the late 1980s. My father commissioned Re-Art to start scanning the originals in the museum, making master facsimile, retouching and printing the giclée prints.

Marcel:

“At that time your father was concerned about the poor-quality printing on offer. He ordered giclées from other companies to see with his own eyes what a huge difference that would make. We made a promotion film together, to demonstrate that we were working with the museum originals.”
“The current process cannot be compared with traditional printing and our ‘Teylers’ editions have the additional attraction of being limited to 250 prints. Teylers is the only museum in the Netherlands that has the full collection of Audubon originals.“