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Quatre septembre, nuages sur les monts du velay
Quatre septembre, nuages sur les monts du velay
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Oil painting (200 x 150 cm)
Jazz trio orange rose
Jazz trio orange rose
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Oil painting (61 x 50 cm)
Les enfants de la ville
Les enfants de la ville
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Oil painting (100 x 100 cm)
Attroupement interdit
Attroupement interdit
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Oil painting (46 x 38 cm)
Tennyson 3
Tennyson 3
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Oil painting (50 x 61 cm)
Vingt août, saint vincent, lumière du soir
Vingt août, saint vincent, lumière du soir
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Oil painting (65 x 46 cm)
Catching the clouds
Catching the clouds
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Oil painting (100 x 100 cm)
Trois petits arbres qui regardent le coucher de soleil
Trois petits arbres qui regardent le coucher de soleil
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Oil painting (100 x 100 cm)
Grenades et plat en terre
Grenades et plat en terre
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Oil painting (50 x 35 cm)
Neuf novembre, brumes matinales
Neuf novembre, brumes matinales
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Oil painting (90 x 60 cm)
911 condensed, red version
911 condensed, red version
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Oil painting (50 x 50 cm)
Toits d'asnières
Toits d'asnières
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Oil painting (70 x 50 cm)
Les demoiselles de la forêt
Les demoiselles de la forêt
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Oil painting (100 x 81 cm)
Alone in the city
Alone in the city
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Oil painting (30 x 30 cm)
Vingt-huit mars, roches de mariol, soir
Vingt-huit mars, roches de mariol, soir
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Oil painting (120 x 80 cm)
How to be lovely, mona lisa
How to be lovely, mona lisa
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Oil painting (30 x 30 cm)
Minette curieuse
Minette curieuse
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Oil painting (22 x 12 cm)
Mickey is in love in New York
Mickey is in love in New York
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Oil painting (50 x 50 cm)
Le chemin d'aubépines
Le chemin d'aubépines
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Oil painting (30 x 30 cm)
New Syr
New Syr
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Oil painting (47 x 57 cm)
La marinade
La marinade
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Oil painting (30 x 60 cm)
Se parer d'un reflet
Se parer d'un reflet
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Oil painting (24 x 40 cm)
La balade nous était fidèle...
La balade nous était fidèle...
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Oil painting (46 x 65 cm)
Vingt et un janvier, saint vincent
Vingt et un janvier, saint vincent
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Oil painting (60 x 40 cm)
Jazz times square
Jazz times square
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Oil painting (50 x 61 cm)
Romance
Romance
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Oil painting (40 x 40 cm)
Allons danser
Allons danser
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Oil painting (50 x 50 cm)
Triptyque calanque d’en-vau
Triptyque calanque d’en-vau
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Oil painting (240 x 80 cm)
Leonardo Dicaprio, Margot Robbie, the Wolf of Wall Street
Leonardo Dicaprio, Margot Robbie, the Wolf of Wall Street
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Oil painting (100 x 100 cm)
Premier décembre, roches de Mariol, neige
Premier décembre, roches de Mariol, neige
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Oil painting (130 x 81 cm)
The muse
The muse
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Oil painting (100 x 100 cm)
Elemental blue
Elemental blue
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Oil painting (90 x 60 cm)
Les cabanes de mauguio
Les cabanes de mauguio
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Oil painting (50 x 50 cm)
Sète, la pointe courte
Sète, la pointe courte
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Oil painting (120 x 60 cm)
I'm gonna fuck this covid 19
I'm gonna fuck this covid 19
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Oil painting (30 x 30 cm)
Esthésie 66
Esthésie 66
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Oil painting (50 x 50 cm)
Still life 13
Still life 13
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Oil painting (50 x 50 cm)
Your love is like a rose
Your love is like a rose
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Oil painting (100 x 50 cm)
Montagne dans les nuages, liban
Montagne dans les nuages, liban
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Oil painting (130 x 89 cm)
Voiles sur l'eau
Voiles sur l'eau
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Oil painting (38 x 46 cm)
Vingt-sept octobre, chemin à saint-vincent
Vingt-sept octobre, chemin à saint-vincent
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Oil painting (92 x 60 cm)
Nu allongé impressionniste sur fond clair semi abstrait
Nu allongé impressionniste sur fond clair semi abstrait
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Oil painting (60 x 60 cm)
Le véritable sens de la liberté II
Le véritable sens de la liberté II
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Oil painting (50 x 50 cm)
Vallée de chevreuse
Vallée de chevreuse
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Oil painting (46 x 38 cm)
L’envolée de lumière II (expression libre 2018)
L’envolée de lumière II (expression libre 2018)
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Oil painting (50 x 50 cm)
Un pot de cornichons
Un pot de cornichons
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Oil painting (14 x 18 cm)
Brume
Brume
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Oil painting (33 x 19 cm)
Chien et fillette
Chien et fillette
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Oil painting (27 x 35 cm)
Golden 2
Golden 2
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Oil painting (50 x 61 cm)
La robe noire
La robe noire
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Oil painting (26 x 45 cm)
Dashashwamedh ghat (inde, varanasi)
Dashashwamedh ghat (inde, varanasi)
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Oil painting (130 x 97 cm)
Tennyson 2
Tennyson 2
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Oil painting (65 x 81 cm)
Neige sur la vallée, lumière du soir
Neige sur la vallée, lumière du soir
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Oil painting (90 x 90 cm)
Fifties 8
Fifties 8
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Oil painting (35 x 50 cm)
Dancing swallows
Dancing swallows
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Oil painting (20 x 40 cm)
Dali, how to be a genius, pink and gold version
Dali, how to be a genius, pink and gold version
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Oil painting (100 x 100 cm)
Les toits
Les toits
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Oil painting (80 x 64 cm)
Jour de voile... (esprit voile 2016)
Jour de voile... (esprit voile 2016)
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Oil painting (29 x 29 cm)
Une vie facile
Une vie facile
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Oil painting (46 x 38 cm)
Pinède
Pinède
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Oil painting (22 x 35 cm)

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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