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Whether you are looking for an original gouache painting or a high quality art print, Saatchi Art has over 2,772 original gouache paintings for sale from emerging artists around the world. Read more

Gouache paintings can run the gamut from watercolor style paintings to eye-popping minimalist works with well-defined areas of flat, saturated color. Gouache (pronounced “gwash”) is a versatile water-based medium allowing for the creation of colorwash works as well as paintings with highly-pigmented, opaque color fields (depending on amount of dilution and painting technique). We invite you to explore Saatchi Art’s international selection of gouache paintings for sale in a wide variety of styles and genres including nature paintings, portraits and abstract works. Browse our online gallery below!

Gouache paintings date back to the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians who created a medium similar to the modern version by binding pigment with honey or various plant gums. From the early middle ages, it was used to create sacred illuminated manuscripts, and during the high and late middle ages gouache became a popular medium for creating miniature portraits. The medium’s modern name originates from the Italian term “guazzo,” which was originally used to describe an application of oil paint over a tempera base. Though gouache as a medium had been in use since ancient times, the term wasn’t applied to the water-based medium until the 18th century. Historically, gouache has not been as heavily used as tempera, oil, and watercolor, many artists use gouache in conjunction with other paint mediums when they require its characteristic effects such as less transparent color washes or flat color fields. 

Gouache is an extremely fast drying medium with a matte finish. For this reason, it’s often used by those who’d like to work quickly—for example, plein air painters attempting to capture a landscape before any dramatic changes in sunlight affect the scene. As gouache is essentially watercolor with the addition of chalk for opacity, many watercolor painters will use gouache in conjunction with watercolors for areas within the work where they desire less transparency. Undiluted gouache can be applied in thin, smooth layers using sable brushes, or thick impasto using bristle brushes and/or palette knife. Due to its versatility, as well as its quick-drying properties, some artists may create gouache paintings as preliminary studies in preparation for works to be later done in oils or acrylics. Though it has broad applications within the fine arts, gouache is primarily known as a “poster art” medium, and is widely used by commercial art designers, comic artists, and illustrators.

Some well-known works created using gouache include Correggio’s Annunciation (1522-25), Adoration (1760-70) by Francois Boucher, Boys in a Dory (1873) by Winslow Homer, and Lady in Gray (1183) by James McNeill Whistler. Modern painters who’ve worked in gouache include Edward Hopper and Henri Matisse who used it to color the paper cutouts (i.e. gouaches découpées) for his famous Blue Nude series (1952). Other gouache artists include Modernist pioneer Paul Klee, painter Georges Rouault, and French ‘naif’ artist Jean Dubuffet. Ben Shahn created a series of gouache paintings on panel in the ‘30’s and ‘40s depicting important social issues of the time, and contemporary artist David Hockney has created several watercolor and gouache works.

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Seven Platypuses Doing the Right Thing, Paintings image
Paintings, 16 W x 20 H x 1 in
United States
$565
Prints from $40
Ambiguous Landscape I, Paintings image
Paintings, 7.5 W x 5.5 H x 0.4 in
United Kingdom
$335
Prints from $57
Sam, Paintings image
Paintings, 19.7 W x 19.7 H x 0.8 in
United Kingdom
$295
dreamtime, Paintings image
Paintings, 31.5 W x 31.5 H x 2 in
United Kingdom
$2,010
mania_01_02_03, Paintings image
Paintings, 118.1 W x 55.1 H x 0 in
Hungary
$4,010
Dear Larry, Paintings image
Paintings, 24 W x 30 H x 1 in
United States
$1,700
Limited Editions from $75
Aqua, orange, violet pink ombre striped landscape Painting, Paintings image
United Kingdom
$780
Their Private Dark, Paintings image
Paintings, 19 W x 26 H x 1.7 in
United States
$2,120
Prints from $52
Not Hid by Matter, Paintings image
Paintings, 33 W x 36 H x 1.7 in
United States
$5,100
Prints from $52
Family Portrait With Pet Snake, Paintings image
Paintings, 6.3 W x 7.9 H x 0.6 in
United States
$565
Perishables Had Become a Major Problem, Paintings image
Paintings, 16 W x 16 H x 1 in
United States
$765
Prints from $40
Your Heavy Criticism is Not Welcome Here. Try Next Door., Paintings image
United States
$1,700
It's Not Supposed to Work, Paintings image
Paintings, 30 W x 24 H x 1.5 in
United States
$780
Prints from $40
Within, Paintings image
Paintings, 30 W x 36 H x 1.5 in
United States
$1,000
SALE! Napping Ginger Cat in Pink Garden Room, Paintings image
United States
$395
Prints from $49
Orange & Blue stripe wood panel colour study collage, Paintings image
United Kingdom
$635
When the Full Moon Came Out, We Saw What We were, Paintings image
United States
$1,200
Prints from $40
paris, Paintings image
Paintings, 36 W x 36 H x 2 in
United States
$5,850
Through Haves of Gives (Elizabeth Bennet), Paintings image
Paintings, 30 W x 30 H x 1.7 in
United States
$4,010
Prints from $54
(Shake That) Money Maker, Paintings image
Paintings, 32 W x 32 H x 1.5 in
United States
$2,670
Their Priestlike Task, Paintings image
Paintings, 20 W x 14 H x 1.7 in
United States
$1,200
Out of Silence II, Paintings image
Paintings, 10 W x 10 H x 1.5 in
United States
$265
Prints from $57
WATERMELONS & ROCKS, Paintings image
Paintings, 12 W x 12 H x 1 in
United States
$1,080
Skull, Paintings image
Paintings, 23.6 W x 23.6 H x 1.2 in
$500
Prints from $125
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