Definition of cliché-verre in English:


(also cliche-verre)

Pronunciation /ˌkliːʃeɪˈvɛː/


  • A print produced using a handmade negative instead of a negative created with a camera; such prints collectively.

    The cliché-verre negative is created when a transparent base, usually a glass plate, is coated with a liquid resist or ground which is then manually scraped away to produce an image which can be printed on light-sensitive paper in a darkroom.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in Print Collector's Quarterly. From French cliché verre from cliché photographic negative + verre glass.