Why Buy Reproduction Paintings on Canvas?
If you are an art lover, there are many benefits you can get by buying reproduction paintings on canvas, rather than a poster or lithograph. If you want a reproduction of a famous painting to display in your home, you will obviously want it to look like the original. This is not to say that you’re not trying to fool anyone into believing that own the real thing but at least you’ll enjoy the illusion that you have an original. On the other hand, a poster is obviously an inferior copy on cardboard no matter how good the printing is.
Another reason you should buy high quality oil painting reproductions is that they will last longer than a poster. With a poster, no matter how high the quality of the paper is, it will eventually start to turn yellow. But a good reproduction is done on premium canvas with superior oil paints and can last for as long as a century or even longer depending on the conditions under which it is exhibited. It can even become a prized family heirloom that can be passed on to your grandchildren. But the best reason for buying art reproductions on canvas rather than a poster or lithograph, is that these reproductions are hand-painted by a commissioned artist. These artists produce the painting using exemplary quality standards that ensure a first-class end result. When you finally unwrap the artwork, frame it and hang it on your wall, you can spend hours looking at the brush strokes and other individualizing touches that make that painting unique. A reproductions is really the next best thing to having an original.
If you’re interested in buying reproduction paintings on canvas, one good way of choosing a painting is by exploring the various styles until you find something you like. A painting style is defined as the distinctive visual characteristics that unite a particular school or group of artists. Deciding what style of art you like also makes it easier for you to ask reproduction services for recommendations or to search the Internet for paintings that you might want to have reproduced. Here are some of the most popular styles that professional reproducers are usually asked to copy.
ImpressionismThis style of art was developed as a reaction to the introduction of photography, which allowed for the exact reproduction of the image of a scene. Instead of aiming for a painting that duplicates a landscape, impressionist artists emphasized instead the impression these made on the artist or the viewer using fine brushstrokes to recreate the way light plays on it. Because of this, impressionist paintings tend to be brightly colored while not having the level of detail found in traditional representational paintings.
Some of the most famous Impressionist artists include Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Pierre Auguste Renoir. Monet’s The Water Lily Pond displays many of the defining characteristics of Impressionism. It depicts a pond with a bridge in the foreground, with the leaves and the lilies on the pond done with fine brush strokes.
Post-ImpressionismThis painting style was adopted by artists influenced by the Impressionists but who wanted to push against its limits even further, resulting in techniques of painting such as pointillism, in which a picture was made of a series of small dabs of paint or dots which would cohere into a picture when viewed at a distance. Postimpressionism moved the style closer towards more abstract paintings by distorting the forms of figures and using arbitrary color choices.
One of the most famous Post-Impressionist painters was Georges Seurat, who pioneered pointillism. Other famous Postimpressionists include Vincent Van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gaugin and Paul Cezanne. Well-known paintings in the Postimpressionist style include Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon (on the Island of La Grande Jette), which depicts the titular scene in a stylized fashion using the pointillist style and Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, which strikingly shows the night sky filled with balls of light.
ExpressionismWhile Impressionism focuses on what people see, Expressionism portrays what they feel. Expressionist artists sought to express intense emotions instead of material reality. One of the most famous examples of Expressionism is The Scream by Edvard Munch, which portrays a figure screaming in agony amid a landscaped filled with swirling lines of paint.
The most prominent practitioners of the Expressionist style include Marc Chagall and Wassily Kandinsky. Apart from The Scream, one of the best samples of Expressionist art is The Blue Rider, a painting of a rider on a horse racing across a field which expresses Kandinsky’s love of riding.
SurrealismThis style of art highlights unexpected juxtapositions of visual elements as well as seeming non sequiturs. The intention of the surrealist artist was to portray the way people genuinely thought, which was not in a linear fashion but rather in a series of random images unencumbered by reason. The most famous Surrealist artists include Salvador Dali and Joan Miro, and the best-known Surrealist painting is undoubtedly Dali’s The Persistence of Memory, which featured melting pocket watches dangling from tree branches.
CubismThis style can be called a deconstruction of traditional representational art, since it breaks up the objects it depicts into abstracted forms in order to present them in a greater context. The most famous Cubist painting is undoubtedly Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, his reaction to the bombing of the town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. The mural depicts animals and people in a frenzy of suffering, with the figures reduced to a series of forms: for example, a suffering man is depicted as a pair of arms reaching upward and a face frozen in a silent scream. Other prominent artists who are associated with the Cubist style include Juan Gris and Georges Braque.
AbstractThis style of art turned away from any realistic depictions of figures altogether, choosing instead to use abstract forms to express how the artist saw the world. One famous example of abstract art is Black Square, a 1915 painting done by Russian artist Kasimir Malevich, in which the canvas is simply painted completely black. A more recent practitioner of Abstract art is Jackson Pollack, who famously used “drip painting” to create his canvases.
Pop ArtThis playful style uses images from popular culture such as comic strips and advertisements, as well as common products, to make an ironic comment about them by removing them from their proper context. One of the most famous practitioners of Pop Art is Andy Warhol, who famously created “32 Campbell Soup Cans” a work that consists of 32 small canvases which were produced using the silkscreen method, and each of which depicted a different Campbell soup flavor. Another prominent Pop Art painter was Roy Lichtenstein, whose most famous works are copies of panels from comic books, such as “Whaam!” which reinterpreted a panel from the DC comic All-American Men of War.
If any of these styles of art sound interesting to you, you can contact a reproduction service to order reproduction paintings on canvas of particular works. You can also do a Google search to explore the different paintings associated with these styles so that you can find one that you like and ask for a duplicate from a reputable art reproduction service.
About the Author:
Clare Tames is a self-employed freelance graphic designer, formidable cook, and avid reader. She written on contemporary and classical art in various print publications, and is just now beginning a writing career online. She works out of her home office in California, where her two children attend high school.