Reputable art reproduction services can provide you with copies of paintings that are virtually indistinguishable from the originals. Of course, nobody would believe that you have the original Mona Lisa or The Starry Night on your wall, but to the untrained eye, it might as well be the real thing. And reproduction paintings on canvas are a classier way to decorate your wall compared with simple posters or other mechanical reproductions. What makes these reproduction paintings stand out is that they are hand-painted by commissioned artists on fine canvas and using the highest-quality paints.
If you’re looking for trustworthy art reproduction services, the most important thing to consider is the quality of the service they will give you. Keep in mind that oil painting reproductions on canvas are relatively expensive. If you come across an online art reproduction site that seems to offer lower prices, be sure to check them out carefully since they may be using money-saving techniques that compromise the quality of the end-product. Remember that these reproductions are hand-produced with minimal or no use of mechanical techniques.
In addition, reputable services will guarantee the quality of the paintings they provide in a variety of ways. For example, they will keep you informed of the progress of the painting you’ve ordered by sending you jpegs of the work as it proceeds. They will also offer you a money-back guarantee for the finished product if you’re not happy with it for any reason.
When you’re buying art reproductions on canvas, the most important determinant is to buy what you like. But, unless you’ve been lucky enough to have been able to visit some of the most prominent museums in the world, you probably won’t really know what kinds of paintings you like. To help you, here is a short list of some of the most popular artists in art history with short lists of some of their most famous paintings. You can use this list to look them up online and get a fuller look at their work so that you can find a painting that you might want to have reproduced.
1. Vincent Van Gogh (1853 -1890). Van Gogh is one of the most famous artists in history, whose tragic life story was immortalized in films like Lust for Life, in which Kirk Douglas played the painter, and the lesser known Vincent and Theo, as well as songs like Don McLean’s Vincent. Even if you’re not familiar with his name, you’re undoubtedly familiar with his paintings, such as The Starry Night, which surrealistically depicts the night sky over the village of Saint Remy, with stars depicted as bright balls of yellow light. If you like this picture but find it overused, you can commission a reproduction of the Starry Night Over the Rhone, which depicts the night view over a river bank in the city of Arles.
2. Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973). Another famous artist, this Spanish painter is probably best known for the mural Guernica, which expresses his reaction to the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. But he also has a number of other excellent works that you can ask to be reproduced, including Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, which depicts a group of unconventional-looking prostitutes in the Cubist style, with the figures portrayed in disjointed shapes.
3. Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519). Although most people would know this painter from Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, he actually painted some of the most famous paintings in art history, including the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. But this Renaissance man has many other striking paintings, many of which have Christian themes, such as The Virgin of the Rocks, which is actually the title of two paintings depicting the Madonna with the Christ Child and the infant John the Baptist in a rocky setting, which are distinguished by some changes in composition.
4. Salvador Dali (1904 – 1989). Dali was as famous for his larger-than-life public persona as for his paintings, many of which are distinguished by bizarre imagery. His most famous painting is undoubtedly The Persistence of Memory, with its famous depictions of melting pocket watches. But Dali actually revisited this work with a later painting, The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory, a variation that features the landscape flooded with water and the plane and block now broken up into bricks that seem to float in the air with nothing binding them together.
5. Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987). One of the most controversial artists of the 20th century, Warhol was a practitioner of the Pop Art movement, which uses images from popular culture to make ironic comments on contemporary life. His most famous paintings involve depictions of Campbell Soup cans, such as One Hundred Cans and Campbell’s Soup I, as well as pop icons like Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy.
6. Joan Miro (1893 – 1983). A practitioner of the Surrealist style of art, Miro is distinguished by the child-like imagery he uses in his paintings. A good example is Dog Barking at the Moon, which features a dog and moon drawn in a distorted fashion, with a ladder in the foreground.
7. Claude Monet (1840 – 1926). One of the founders of the Impressionist school of painting in France, Monet is best known for his many studies of water lilies as well as his landscapes. Sunset in Venice represents Monet’s work at its most evocative, with its depiction of the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in silhouette, with the colors of sunset depicted in vibrant reds and yellows.
8. Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986). One of the most influential American artists, Georgia O’Keefe is best known for her depiction of natural objects, such as flowers and animal skulls, in abstract ways. Pineapple Bud, for example, depicts an enlarged view of the titular plant as if seen through a magnifying glass. Another famous work, Ram’s Head, White-Hollyhock Hills, shows a magnified ram’s skull with antlers floating over a mountain range.
9. Edward Hopper (1882 – 1967). Hopper is best known for his realistic depictions of urban life, such as Nighthawks, which depicts a group of people eating at a diner late at night. But Hopper also did studies of women in intimate settings, such as Summer Interior, which shows a half-nude woman sitting on the floor next to her bed.
10. Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954). This French painter was associated with Fauvism, an offshoot of Impressionism that emphasized strong color and painterly styles in which the brushstrokes were visible. His most famous works include Woman with a Hat, which depicted the woman’s face with multiple colors that gave it a mask-like look, and Open Window, which depicts the view from his window in a distorted fashion that almost made it look like a child’s drawing.
11. Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985). Chagall’s style combined elements of Impressionism and Surrealism, resulting in work such as Chagall’s Parents, which used geometric forms in depicting his parents’ faces to greatly heighten their expressions. Good art reproduction services will be able to duplicate for you the paintings of these great artists, whether they are the more famous ones or relatively obscure work. And the end-result will be a museum-quality painting that you’ll be more than happy to display in your home or office and even pass on to your children.
For further information, visit:
– Famous Artists on Biography.com
About the Author:
Clare Tames is a self-employed freelance graphic designer, formidable cook, an avid reader. She has 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.