The original oil painting on linen (120×80 cm.) hangs in a private collection in Hilversum, The Netherlands.

“I’ve always been fascinated by figures at night illuminated by artificial lighting. I enjoy playing with the cool colors and manipulating light to create mood and atmosphere. Actually the original drawing had no figures, they evolved as the psychological setting slowly developed. This one hangs now with dear friends who are both violin and cello makers here in The Netherlands.”

General points for handling your giclée print

It is recommended taking your print directly to the framer, in its packaging. However, if you want to unpack your print at home, here are some general handling guidelines:

Use clean, dry hands at all times to handle your print (or, even better, white cotton gloves) as skin oils can stain the paper;

Use two hands to support your print so it will not bend as dents and creases in the print are also likely to be permanent;

Hold your giclée print only at the very edges of the paper to avoid finger-smudges on the face of the print which will be very difficult or impossible to remove;

Use a clean and dry, flat, smooth and hard surface for laying your print out (face up);

Keep your new giclée print covered with the acid-free tissue paper (or the acid-free protective sleeve for smaller prints) in which it was packed by us, until it is framed, to avoid damage.

Framing your giclée print

As this print is a night scene I recommend not using a white passe-partout or mat. A toned passe-partout will allow the light present in the image to be seen most effectively.

Ask for archival, acid-free materials for mats and backing, as this will add to the life of the print.Non-reflective glass – ideally UV protected – is also definitely worth the additional investment for displaying and protecting your print. As the signature is on the reverse side, ask your framer to allow an opening behind the frame to permit viewing.

As with any piece of fine art, giclée prints should be displayed in indirect lighting conditions and away from any contact with moisture.