A Brief Introduction to Oil Painting, Its Origin and Its Evolution

Have you ever noticed that whenever there is a discussion about paintings, most of us starts thinking about famous oil paintings? This is maybe because most of the well-known artists from the Renaissance period like Jan van Eyck, Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (Raphael), Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) and Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn among others created masterpieces with oil paints. Their genius not only continues to inspire and influence modern artists, but also spawns a successful market of that offer reproductions of oil paintings for sale.

The origin of oil painting can be traced back to the fifth century Asia and Afghanistan, where natural oils obtained from plants were used to beautify cave complexes. In Europe, oil pigments were used to paint egg-based tempera paintings. Since its origin, oil paintings have been continuously evolving.

Oil paintings were not only vibrant, but it also gave an artist the freedom to experiment. By the 15th century, it became an artist’s preferable medium to paint. The blend-ability of paints and longevity of artworks created using this technique made oil painting artists’ choice for centuries afterward. With time, oil painting replaced other techniques of painting in Netherlands and Italy. During Renaissance, artists were not only creating paintings, but they were also putting oil paintings for sale.

Earlier, artists used to make oil paintings on sturdy wooden panels. They were restricted to paint in their art studios, as they had to create paints from natural pigments. However, with advancement in technology, they started using relatively economical and handy canvas supports. Further, the convenience offered by oil paints that were packaged in tubes that were available in the 1800s simplified the mixing process of color and aided artists to paint in other settings. For instance, the French Impressionists experimented and adapted to painting in outdoor locales.

Many of the great maestros of painting from the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci to Lucien Freud used oils to paint their masterpieces. Quick-drying acrylic paints were first introduced in the first half of the 20th Century. Even after the popularization and easy availability of acrylic paints, many artists still prefer to create oil paintings for the medium’s integral, time-tested properties.

Nowadays, artists put their oil paintings for sale on online art galleries. If you want to experience the magic of oil paintings, then we would recommend buy an original oil painting for your home. You can explore the wide collection of the original oil paintings for sale and buy the work that matches your style and space.

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