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Whether you are looking for an original oil painting or a high quality art print, Saatchi Art has over 245 original oil paintings for sale from emerging artists around the world. Read more

Whenever thinking of paintings, most of us often start by imagining famous oil paintings. This is probably because most of the well known Renaissance period artists such as Jan van Eyck, Raphael, Titian, Rubens, and Rembrandt worked with oil paints. Their genius continues to influence thousands of modern artists, (and spawned a thriving market of oil painting reproductions).  We encourage you to explore the many original oil paintings for sale at Saatchi Art. Our online inventory of oil paintings for sale by artist include a vast selection of works that is sure match your personal style and space. 

There are a number of oil painting techniques artists typically use. Early oil paintings were created on wooden panels, but cheaper and more versatile canvas supports soon became the norm.  Artists were initially limited to painting in their studios, as they had to mix oil paints from raw pigments for use. The availability of oil paint packaged in tubes in the 1800s facilitated this mixing process and enabled artists to work in other settings. The French Impressionists, for example, took to painting quickly in outdoor environments. One of the most common oil painting techniques is a mixed technique in which the artist paints the canvas in layers, also called glazes. Early Renaissance Flemish painters first utilized this technique by applying a coat of paint to cover and tone the white canvas surface. The artist would allow the layer to dry before sketching their composition onto the canvas. They would then paint the surface in a series of color patches before blending the pigments together. Impressionist painters often used the alla prima, or wet-on-wet, method. Because they were concerned with painting outdoors within a shorter amount of time, they blended wet paint together before letting any layers dry.  Other artists, most notably Vincent Van Gogh, used the impasto technique, creating oil paintings by adding thick layers of paint to the canvas. This technique adds texture to the work and usually lays bare marks of the brushstrokes made to produce it.  Several abstract expressionist and contemporary artists are also known for blending oil painting techniques to create deep layers of bold colors in their works.

Oil painting has evolved since its origin in fifth century Asia and Afghanistan, where natural plant oils were used to decorate cave complexes. In Europe, oil pigments were initially used to varnish egg-based tempera paintings.  By the 15th century, it was an artist’s paint of choice for its vibrancy, blendability, and longevity and it remained so for centuries afterward. In fact, oils gradually replaced other methods of painting in Renaissance Europe, mainly the Netherlands and Italy.   Many of the great masters of painting--from Leonardo Da Vinci to Lucien Freud--used oils to create their masterpieces. Even after the invention and popularization of quicker-drying acrylic paints in the first half of the 20th Century, many artists still choose to create original oil paintings for the medium’s inherent, time-tested properties. 

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contemporary abstract artsketch 7/7, ( # 189 ), Paintings image
Paintings, 20 W x 16 H x 0.5 in
United States
$505
Prints from $40
backwater, Paintings image
Paintings, 15.7 W x 23.6 H x 0.6 in
$490
Waiting for the train, Paintings image
Paintings, 15.7 W x 15.7 H x 0.5 in
$960
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Paintings, 22 W x 30 H x 0.1 in
United States
$980
Prints from $100
Untitled I, Paintings image
Paintings, 45 W x 45 H x 2 in
United States
$3,850
Prints from $40
Turning Toward, Paintings image
Paintings, 35.4 W x 23.6 H x 0.4 in
New Zealand
$1,750
Snow, Paintings image
Paintings, 19.7 W x 23.6 H x 0.8 in
$2,100
Prints from $45
Untitled 141, Paintings image
Paintings, 70 W x 50 H x 1 in
United States
$8,043
Prints from $40
Another walk in the park, Paintings image
Paintings, 7.9 W x 7.9 H x 0.4 in
$410
Badger, Guardian of the Ancient Lands, Paintings image
Paintings, 38 W x 48 H x 0.1 in
United States
$1,920
Prints from $40
Sitting and waiting at the hairdresser, Paintings image
Paintings, 7.9 W x 7.9 H x 0.4 in
$410
Where is the light of life, Paintings image
Paintings, 47.4 W x 39.3 H x 0.5 in
$2,245
Untitled #2, Paintings image
Paintings, 13 W x 9.8 H x 0 in
Рождение и соединение идей, Paintings image
Paintings, 16.5 W x 23.2 H x 0 in
$4,200
Stay in the Light, Paintings image
Paintings, 25 W x 36 H x 2 in
United States
$170
Transition of the other world, Paintings image
Paintings, 27.6 W x 39.4 H x 0.4 in
$2,950
Prints from $40
Waiting in the purple rain, Paintings image
Paintings, 15.7 W x 15.7 H x 0.5 in
$960
Duke, Paintings image
Paintings, 16 W x 20 H x 1 in
United States
$1,400
Prints from $55
Woman of Rome , Federica, Paintings image
Paintings, 23.6 W x 39.4 H x 1.6 in
$1,150
'A RED CAR', Paintings image
Paintings, 28.3 W x 20.5 H x 1.2 in
Armenia
$14,100
Prints from $68
Secret City, Paintings image
Paintings, 24 W x 36 H x 1.4 in
United Kingdom
$295
Prints from $40
Mango tree bearing fruit, Paintings image
Paintings, 30 W x 22 H x 1.5 in
$1,650
Prints from $120
reddening space, Paintings image
Paintings, 33.5 W x 27.6 H x 1.2 in
$1,600
Prints from $95
Fashion TV, Paintings image
Paintings, 55.1 W x 35.4 H x 3.1 in
$1,675
Prints from $40
Ritratto di una signiora, Paintings image
Paintings, 19.7 W x 19.7 H x 1.6 in
Poland
$480
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