Giclee or original art, what's the difference?

The decision to buy a giclee over an original artwork is a sound decision if:

  •  you know an original work is outside of your budget.
  •  you are buying the work to enjoy in your lifetime and not as an heirloom.

The archival inks used in giclees, both on paper and on canvas, last from 100-200 years (that's a long time). This is plenty of time to enjoy the rich colors, but the collectible value will decrease as a reproduction ages. Original art retains its value for posterity and has the possibility of increasing in value.