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Oil painting (90 x 90 cm)
Fin de journÉe sur time square
Fin de journÉe sur time square
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Oil painting (60 x 80 cm)
"alinghi" (philippines)
"alinghi" (philippines)
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Oil painting (50 x 50 cm)
With love from japan
With love from japan
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Oil painting (130 x 162 cm)
N° - 369
N° - 369
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Oil painting (27 x 35 cm)
Calanques de corse
Calanques de corse
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Oil painting (41 x 33 cm)
The scream
The scream
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Oil painting (60 x 80 cm)
La nuit
La nuit
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Oil painting (60 x 50 cm)
Arachnide
Arachnide
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Oil painting (160 x 116 cm)
Les bras nus
Les bras nus
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Oil painting (92 x 73 cm)
Flame d'incertitude
Flame d'incertitude
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Oil painting (97 x 130 cm)
Night garden
Night garden
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Oil painting (55 x 110 cm)
Sautiller d e joie
Sautiller d e joie
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Oil painting (65 x 100 cm)
Les chemins II
Les chemins II
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Oil painting (116 x 89 cm)
Vauquois
Vauquois
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Oil painting (50 x 62 cm)
Avant la bataille
Avant la bataille
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Oil painting (73 x 92 cm)
Régate (regatta)
Régate (regatta)
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Oil painting (65 x 50 cm)
Balade
Balade
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Oil painting (92 x 73 cm)
Flamboyance
Flamboyance
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Oil painting (38 x 46 cm)
Pirate fjords
Pirate fjords
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Oil painting (24 x 19 cm)
La mouette
La mouette
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Oil painting (60 x 40 cm)
Balade au soleil
Balade au soleil
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Oil painting (81 x 100 cm)
Sans titre
Sans titre
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Oil painting (80 x 80 cm)
Reflets d'or, lumière du soir 3
Reflets d'or, lumière du soir 3
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Oil painting (114 x 146 cm)
Arbre en fleurs
Arbre en fleurs
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Oil painting (100 x 100 cm)
Contemplation
Contemplation
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Oil painting (60 x 60 cm)
Pointe des chevrets
Pointe des chevrets
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Oil painting (50 x 100 cm)
Nina
Nina
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Oil painting (28 x 35 cm)
L'océan,  le ciel,  marée basse
L'océan, le ciel, marée basse
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Oil painting (100 x 80 cm)
La tentation
La tentation
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Oil painting (120 x 150 cm)
Hiver dans le haut-doubs
Hiver dans le haut-doubs
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Oil painting (55 x 38 cm)
Dans la serre
Dans la serre
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Oil painting (50 x 50 cm)
The red road
The red road
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Oil painting (76 x 100 cm)
Fée pop
Fée pop
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Oil painting (100 x 100 cm)
Rose - 176
Rose - 176
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Oil painting (40 x 40 cm)
Jeune et jolie
Jeune et jolie
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Oil painting (80 x 80 cm)
Coquelicot
Coquelicot
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Oil painting (70 x 70 cm)
La cage
La cage
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Oil painting (81 x 100 cm)
Chouette
Chouette
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Oil painting (20 x 20 cm)
Le parapluie jaune
Le parapluie jaune
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Oil painting (100 x 100 cm)
N°- 390
N°- 390
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Oil painting (20 x 20 cm)
Peace !
Peace !
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Oil painting (61 x 92 cm)
Rebel matinal
Rebel matinal
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Oil painting (100 x 100 cm)
N°- 392
N°- 392
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Oil painting (20 x 20 cm)
Castor
Castor
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Oil painting (33 x 41 cm)
Hills trancar tour
Hills trancar tour
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Oil painting (160 x 80 cm)
9 pop portraits, audrey hepburn
9 pop portraits, audrey hepburn
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Oil painting (120 x 120 cm)
Printemps dans les cotswolds, route de upper slaughter
Printemps dans les cotswolds, route de upper slaughter
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Oil painting (80 x 60 cm)
Trente septembre, la loire, lumière du soir
Trente septembre, la loire, lumière du soir
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Oil painting (90 x 60 cm)
How to be lovely, audrey hepburn
How to be lovely, audrey hepburn
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Oil painting (120 x 120 cm)
Fragment III
Fragment III
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Oil painting (60 x 100 cm)
Rose - 200
Rose - 200
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Oil painting (30 x 30 cm)
Sunset in red
Sunset in red
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Oil painting (120 x 80 cm)
Gris souris
Gris souris
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Oil painting (40 x 30 cm)
Se préserver
Se préserver
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Oil painting (27 x 19 cm)
Les portes
Les portes
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Oil painting (54 x 73 cm)
Vingt-deux janvier, saint vincent, neige
Vingt-deux janvier, saint vincent, neige
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Oil painting (70 x 50 cm)
Conversation avec le ciel
Conversation avec le ciel
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Oil painting (90 x 60 cm)
Pop dog III
Pop dog III
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Oil painting (50 x 50 cm)
Wayne
Wayne
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Oil painting (43 x 55 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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