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Matin à paris
Matin à paris
$2,180
Oil painting (80 x 100 cm)
Caresser l'instant
Caresser l'instant
$1,962
Oil painting (75 x 75 cm)
Le pont de sully - paris
Le pont de sully - paris
$709
Oil painting (60 x 43 cm)
Untitled 02
Untitled 02
$763
Oil painting (70 x 77 cm)
Sans
Sans
$981
Oil painting (60 x 80 cm)
Rose - 287
Rose - 287
$578
Oil painting (40 x 40 cm)
Fragment floral
Fragment floral
$981
Oil painting (80 x 80 cm)
Amalia
Amalia
$1,962
Oil painting (54 x 65 cm)
Les carrières rouges
Les carrières rouges
$763
Oil painting (38 x 55 cm)
Fugue méditative
Fugue méditative
$1,744
Oil painting (160 x 80 cm)
Dancers in the dark
Dancers in the dark
$1,308
Oil painting (65 x 50 cm)
Au coeur d'un bel été
Au coeur d'un bel été
$1,526
Oil painting (80 x 80 cm)
Philippe
Philippe
$1,472
Oil painting (80 x 80 cm)
Brumes sur Paris
Brumes sur Paris
$1,635
Oil painting (46 x 55 cm)
Rouge passion
Rouge passion
$2,126
Oil painting (100 x 100 cm)
Promenade 2
Promenade 2
$981
Oil painting (65 x 50 cm)
Graffitis on the wall
Graffitis on the wall
$1,635
Oil painting (100 x 70 cm)
Seize juin, Margeaix, lever de brumes
Seize juin, Margeaix, lever de brumes
$1,090
Oil painting (90 x 60 cm)
Les restes II
Les restes II
$583
Oil painting (24 x 33 cm)
Centaure enlevant une nymphe sur une rive de la sarthe un matin...
Centaure enlevant une nymphe sur une rive de la sarthe un matin...
$2,180
Oil painting (92 x 73 cm)
05 octobre 2017
05 octobre 2017
$1,962
Oil painting (100 x 100 cm)
Nu au miroir sur fond bleu clair
Nu au miroir sur fond bleu clair
$872
Oil painting (70 x 70 cm)
Monte au deuxième
Monte au deuxième
$1,090
Oil painting (65 x 92 cm)
Paradise bird
Paradise bird
$2,169
Oil painting (84 x 114 cm)
Au loin un volcan semblait faire l'amour avec la lune...
Au loin un volcan semblait faire l'amour avec la lune...
$1,090
Oil painting (46 x 56 cm)
La bourrasque de vent avait violemment ouvert la fenêtre...
La bourrasque de vent avait violemment ouvert la fenêtre...
$1,199
Oil painting (40 x 50 cm)
Bretagne
Bretagne
$796
Oil painting (41 x 33 cm)
Le chemin de l'entre deux
Le chemin de l'entre deux
$1,853
Oil painting (81 x 60 cm)
Eté en forêt
Eté en forêt
$796
Oil painting (41 x 33 cm)
Vegetal 02
Vegetal 02
$545
Oil painting (50 x 65 cm)
Nous étions devant le mont amour...
Nous étions devant le mont amour...
$1,744
Oil painting (54 x 72 cm)
Pom, pom, pom 20
Pom, pom, pom 20
$927
Oil painting (50 x 50 cm)
Sète, la pointe courte
Sète, la pointe courte
$545
Oil painting (35 x 27 cm)
La où se cache mon ange...
La où se cache mon ange...
$3,270
Oil painting (97 x 130 cm)
Sens dessous
Sens dessous
$1,226
Oil painting (81 x 65 cm)
Not yet remembered
Not yet remembered
$981
Oil painting (65 x 50 cm)
Écluse du canal Saint-Martin
Écluse du canal Saint-Martin
$469
Oil painting (61 x 50 cm)
Les flotteuses
Les flotteuses
-10% in the Special Offers
Oil painting (81 x 116 cm)
Vue sur le Rio pisuerga
Vue sur le Rio pisuerga
$1,526
Oil painting (63 x 70 cm)
Méridienne
Méridienne
$1,295
Oil painting (50 x 61 cm)
Boiserie II - 50m
Boiserie II - 50m
$1,308
Oil painting (73 x 116 cm)
Paris - quai de valmy
Paris - quai de valmy
$1,962
Oil painting (81 x 65 cm)
Les roses de la mer egée
Les roses de la mer egée
$1,090
Oil painting (81 x 54 cm)
Saisir l'instant
Saisir l'instant
$1,526
Oil painting (54 x 65 cm)
La colère de Neptune
La colère de Neptune
$1,962
Oil painting (100 x 100 cm)
Tiffany
Tiffany
$981
Oil painting (50 x 50 cm)
Composition au pot bleu
Composition au pot bleu
$610
Oil painting (46 x 38 cm)
Eaux dormantes
Eaux dormantes
$2,126
Oil painting (100 x 100 cm)
Paysage n°1
Paysage n°1
$1,853
Oil painting (100 x 80 cm)
Les trois souvenirs
Les trois souvenirs
$981
Oil painting (80 x 60 cm)
Taïga
Taïga
$1,417
Oil painting (73 x 92 cm)
L'île-saint-denis par beau temps
L'île-saint-denis par beau temps
$763
Oil painting (46 x 55 cm)
L'or des prairies
L'or des prairies
-10% in the Special Offers
Oil painting (60 x 120 cm)
Human mask 01
Human mask 01
$981
Oil painting (60 x 80 cm)
S'est le taureau qui gagne
S'est le taureau qui gagne
$1,047
Oil painting (70 x 70 cm)
Confiture
Confiture
$1,417
Oil painting (73 x 92 cm)
Le dos au soleil
Le dos au soleil
$1,526
Oil painting (92 x 73 cm)
Reflets d'automne
Reflets d'automne
$1,090
Oil painting (80 x 130 cm)
Les fleurs de l'été
Les fleurs de l'été
$556
Oil painting (54 x 65 cm)
Magic moments
Magic moments
$1,744
Oil painting (80 x 80 cm)
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Oil painting is still one of the most widely used techniques, offering many KAZoART artists the opportunity to express themselves in oil paintings on canvas, as original as they are varied, whether abstract or figurative. The history of this technique goes back a long way, yet the infinite possibilities offered by oil painting artwork on canvas are yet to be fully explored. Discover our outstanding selection of oil on canvas or knife oil paintings!

Oil painting: famous artists and key moments

The beginning of oil painting is traditionally associated with Flemish artists. The Van Eyck brothers, Flemish primitives, are best known for their technical and artistic achievements: The Arnolfini Portrait (1434) is one of the first oil on canvas works in Europe. The paintings were often commissions, therefore portraits or famous scenes, where light, raised texture and detail are highlighted, like in Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa (1503-1506) or Rembrandt's The Storm on the Sea of Galilee (1633).

From the 19th century onwards, artists began to leave the comfort of their studios and their works became increasingly inspired by nature. Paul Cézanne's The hanged man’s house, Auvers-sur-Oise (1873), Van Gogh's Sunflowers (1888) and Claude Monet's Water Lilies famously illustrate this. Realism was considered less important than emotion and colours became the main focus of many studies.

From the beginning of the 20th century, Vasily Kandinsky initiated oil painting in a modern shift towards abstraction Color Study, Squares with Concentric Circles (1913). The study of pure shapes and colours then became a recurring theme for many artists, including Kasimir Malevitch with Painterly Realism of a Football Player (1915), and Mark Rothko in 1953 with Color-Block n°61 (Rust and Blue).

Oil painting techniques over time

During the Renaissance, artists prepared their own oil paints using natural pigments. Each artist had their own personal formulas, which were often complicated, meticulous and time-consuming. At this period, there were no drying additives (e. g. white lead), therefore, it took very long to dry works, painted on wooden boards, which were heavy, difficult to handle and of limited size. The arrival of oil painting was accompanied by that of the canvas medium: two major advances in art, giving way to oil painting on canvas. 

The 19th century saw the arrival of a technical revolution: the possibility to buy paint that had already been mixed and packaged in tubes. Impressionist artists immediately seized the opportunity to get out in nature, and the latter became a central subject in their works, with the new challenge of painting quickly in order to capture the moment.

Oil painting on canvas remains a widely used technique, as its slow drying time and the possibility of mixing pigments make it an infinite source of inspiration for many contemporary artists.

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