Oil paintings

Still life subjects have been used in oil paintings since art began, but have become particularly popular in western art since the 1700s. Still life paintings offer artists the opportunity to have a little more control over their subject and have also proved an excellent training method for amateur artists too. The best and most creative still life artists have included Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

Flowers and fruit bowls are perhaps the best known choices for still life paintings as they offer beauty and contrasting colours whilst still being relatively comfortable for an established artist to use. They can also be easily manipulated into chosen arrangements. Vincent Van Gogh regularly used flowers in his impressionist art and enjoyed the combinations of colours. Paul Cezanne also is well known for his still life paintings. His innovative art helped pave the way for future artists to create new art movements. Van Gogh’s Sunflowers series and Edouard Manet’s Edouard Manet, Carnations and Clematis in a Crystal Vase are perhaps the best examples available to study, though many others exist too. Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists are best known out of all art movements for their use of still life paintings in their work, including Renoir and Monet as well.

Renaissance paintings have also included such subjects, and earlier used religious themes for their works. As was the way at the time, Italian and Dutch artists dominated production at the time, and some successful female artists also were mainly restricted to still subjects.

Contemporary art continues to experiment and develop traditional art styles and still life is no different in that regard, with new ways coming out all the time of showing old topics, embracing new technology and ideas all the time.

Further reading on still life paintings can be found in this article, courtesy of Vault – still life paintings []. They also offer several of the best as reproductions for your home or office, with impressionist, contemporary and renaissance artists all available.

Is original art by living artists worth anything, if you are purchasing their art as an investment?

To anyone who truly appreciates the uniqueness of a ‘one of a kind’ original piece of art, there is value in the creation itself.

Whether the artist is your next door neighbor or the next biggest ‘thing’, there is value in the creation. As an investment, there are many things to consider.

Whether or not there is value in the works of art by living artists, is highly debated.

Some believe the artist needs to have a certain degree of acclaim and recognition for the art to have value. And, there is some validity in this train of thought.

An original painting by someone like Britney Spears, would certainly have a higher demand than an original painting by your next door neighbor, unless the neighbor commanded the same name recognition.

Others believe that an artist must be classically trained and highly educated, for their art to have value as an investment. .

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