The original painting (60 x 80 cm.) is part of the ING Bank Collection.

”I walk through this beautiful city quite often in the evening. I observe the colors, sounds and movement around me, just being with what is. I suppose I was feeling a bit romantic when I noticed this scene. I saw it before me as a shard of orange-ochre light cutting into an envelope of soft blues and violets which moved me emotionally into jotting down some lines to record the moment. As Matisse once said: ‘an artist should express his feeling with the harmony or idea of color which he possesses naturally. He should not copy the walls, or objects on a table, but he should, above all, express a vision of color, the harmony of which corresponds to his feeling.”

General points for handling your giclée print

It is recommended to take 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 fine piece of art, giclée prints should be displayed in indirect lighting conditions and away from any contact with moisture.