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Famous Artwork Prints Versus Originals

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When it comes to famous artwork, prints and reproductions often allow a household to display copies of an original that would otherwise be unobtainable, due to high cost and rarity. Imagine owning the original Mona Lisa. There is only one original, and it is housed at the Louvre behind bulletproof glass, making it inaccessible for home use. However, realistic depictions of that unique piece can find a way into the homes of millions, thanks to the many reproductions of this masterpiece.

Households can appreciate how famous artwork, whether prints, copies, or originals, can make a statement. Sure, most people would appreciate an original masterpiece in the home, but only a select few could actually afford to own an original. Who could afford $106.5 million for Nude, Green Leaves and Bust created by Pablo Picasso? Not many households have that kind of money to invest. However, if a potential buyer decides on a realistic reproduction instead of the original, that popular piece could easily become available on any budget. There are a number of choices that make famous artwork prints and reproductions highly prized by collectors and appreciators alike. Knowing the difference in the techniques used for those copies is the start for finding an appropriate reproduction for a specific budget.

Giclee reproductions are highly desired because of how closely the Giclee matches the original. Giclees are created by high-quality ink-jet printers and specialized inks. The word Giclee is a combination of two French terms: gicler, meaning “to spray, spurt, or squirt”, and le gicleur, which means “nozzle”. This technique can be used on almost any medium, including textured vinyl, cotton canvas, and photo paper.

Oil painting reproductions are quite popular, and can be created so well that they are nearly indistinguishable from the original. Oil painting replicas of famous artwork make prints or copies available for any household. The cost may be higher than other types of reproductions, but the quality of the created piece is reflected in the difference. Oil painting replicas are created by hand, usually on a high quality canvas medium. Many artists will actually frame the completed piece as well, increasing the value.

Lithography is another method for obtaining artwork at a reasonable price. In fact, many of the Masters, such as Pablo Picasso, actually utilized lithographs for creating some masterpieces. Lithography is the means to create multiple copies of a single image. A sort of mold is created, and then the mold, or lithograph, is used to generate numerous quantities of a single piece. Instead of a single painting, a painter can create hundreds of pieces, making the resulting creations a limited edition. These limited editions help ensure that more homes can appreciate exquisite pieces without breaking the bank.

Famous artwork, without prints or reproductions, would not be readily available to the everyday purchaser. New generations of viewers are being raised in a household where masterpieces are not just viewed, but experienced. Each piece can be displayed in the homes of many, thanks to the techniques and skills used in reproducing realistic copies of yesteryears magnum opus.


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