Specifications and Unique Features of Handmade Oil Paintings

However, if you want to purchase a painting reproduction, you must ensure what specifications the product has to meet and what the features of handmade oil paintings are. 
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Ask art lovers which original famous oil paintings would they love to have to hang on their home’s walls, and they all will have a shortlist of paintings ready. But unfortunately, famous paintings are either permanently housed in art museums or so expensive when they come to an auction that for most art lovers, it will always only be a dream. 

But fortunately, there is a way to obtain memorable replica paintings at reasonable prices. Oil painting reproductions are so well done that only experts can distinguish between the original and the replica painting. 

However, if you want to purchase a painting reproduction, you must ensure what specifications the product has to meet and what the features of handmade oil paintings are.  

Handmade Oil Paintings – Basic Specifications and Features

A qualified reproduction artist should be a well-qualified and skilled painter. Good art reproductions can only be handmade if the reproduction artist is well-informed about the artwork, its original painter, and the techniques and the type of oil and canvas used during that period. This should be one of your specifications. 

When ordering or commissioning a replica oil painting, one other important specification should be that the oil, canvas, and painting technique must be as near the original as possible. 

Famous replica art galleries, such as 1st Art Gallery, usually have a team of reproduction artists, each with specific expertise, so the gallery can accommodate a request for any artwork from any art period. In addition, they ensure that their reproduction artists have the knowledge and skills to produce “unique” handmade paintings, which are replicas of the original concerning depiction, color, texture, and oils used.   

Suppose you want to purchase a handmade replica oil painting. In that case, you should also research aspects of the painting you want to be reproduced to enable you to discuss features like oil, color, canvas, and texture with the artist creating the replica.

What you should know about “Oil Paint” Specifications?

The origins of oil painting date to at least the 7th century, but in Europe, oil as a painting medium has only been used since the 11th century. The practice of easel painting with oil colors dates to the 15th century. In the 1400s, basic improvements were made in refining linseed oil, and the availability of volatile solvents improved. 

The oil colors artists use to paint in oil are substances consisting of pigments suspended in oil. Pigments are groups of compounds that are intensely colored and are used to color other materials. To transform the pigments to paint, the dry pigment powder has to be fused with oil. This is done by mixing the powder with refined linseed oil into a stiff paste. 

Usually, this mixture is a smooth, buttery paste, and if the artist requires a more flowing substance, it has to be mixed further with other liquids. To accelerate the drying process, many artists also use a liquid drier.

With this pigment and oil mixture, it is possible to give the painting linear treatment and crisp effects. In other words, painting with oil enables the artist to create a variety of textures. The reproduction artist must know in what art period the original work was created and what type of oil and pigments were used to enable them to create the same colors and textures. In addition, handmade replica art must have the same features as the original work.

What you should know about the application of Oil onto Canvas?

The oil can be applied to the canvas in different ways. But let’s first look at what is generally used as the canvas. Usually, the canvas used for an oil painting is made of pure close-weaved European linen. The canvas is cut to the desired size, stretched over a frame, and secured. 

To get a smooth surface to paint on, a primer or ground is applied to the canvas and allowed to dry. The type of canvas should also be one of your specifications to ensure the unique features of the original artwork are carried over to the replica. 

The artist can apply the oil paint in different ways. Good quality brushes which might be pointed (round), flat, or oval (flat but bluntly pointed) can be used. Sometimes the paint is applied with robust brushstrokes and sometimes smoothly. A painting knife can also be used to apply the paint robustly. In modern times the paint is sometimes applied by the artist by using his hand covered in paint. 

To finish an oil painting, a coat of picture varnish is usually applied to protect it from atmospheric attacks. This varnish helps to bring tonal depth and color intensity to the surface and makes the oil painting very much “alive.” Nowadays, some artists don’t favor the deep coloring caused by varnish and use a matte finish. 

This is an essential aspect to discuss with the reproduction artist to ensure that the way the reproduction will be painted is as near as possible to the original way of painting.

The Last Word about Specifications and unique Features

When you want to buy an already completed art reproduction of one of your favorite classic oil paintings, you must ensure that the reproduction has been done in oil. This is because high quality oil painting reproductions must only be done with oil. If they are done with any other medium, they are copy paintings of the original oil paintings and not fine art reproductions of the original. 

The reproduction must look like the original to be classified as a sound art reproduction. That is only possible if the same medium and canvas are used to paint the replica paintings. In addition, the colors and texture should be identical to the original. 

When you buy oil paintings or oil drawings, you know that you are purchasing high-quality replica art when the art gallery is not hesitant to provide proof of the oils their artists are using and even sometimes the qualifications of the commissioned artist. 

Conclusion

Oil paintings have unique characteristics, and when you purchase an art reproduction, you must ensure that the uniqueness is carried over to the replica painting. This transfer of uniqueness is only possible with a handmade replica oil painting. You’ll never get the same result with other ways of copying, such as printing

 

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