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Whether you are looking for an original oil painting or a high quality art print, Saatchi Art has over 1,336,154 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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moment 24, Paintings image
Paintings, 35.8 W x 48 H x 1.5 in
United States
$3,010
Prints from $99
The Little Humpbacked Horse, Paintings image
Paintings, 14.6 W x 25.2 H x 0.1 in
$1,500
Gracia N°4, Paintings image
Paintings, 31.5 W x 31.5 H x 2 in
$3,250
Prints from $40
Clarity, Paintings image
Paintings, 24 W x 19 H x 0.1 in
United States
$550
Prints from $64
Occurring Moment no.11, Paintings image
Paintings, 22 W x 22 H x 0.1 in
United Kingdom
$360
Prints from $40
Sisters, Paintings image
Paintings, 28.7 W x 30.7 H x 0.4 in
$670
Prints from $40
Noughts and Crosses, Paintings image
Paintings, 52 W x 40 H x 0.8 in
United Kingdom
$2,480
Prints from $40
Caelum Arboreum, Paintings image
Paintings, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0.8 in
$3,750
Dark Emerald, Paintings image
Paintings, 5.9 W x 5.9 H x 0.4 in
Germany
$195
Moment 4, Paintings image
Paintings, 27.6 W x 51.2 H x 0.8 in
$3,450
Carpe Diem XL 2, Paintings image
Paintings, 61 W x 41.3 H x 1.5 in
$2,440
kid, Paintings image
Paintings, 31.5 W x 31.5 H x 1.9 in
$3,650
Heidi Appreciated the Respite , Paintings image
Paintings, 48 W x 48 H x 0.1 in
United States
$1,710
Indefinitely You (Sushi), Paintings image
Paintings, 40 W x 30 H x 1 in
United States
$2,170
Prints from $40
Words of an Innocent Moon, Paintings image
Paintings, 24 W x 36 H x 1.4 in
United States
$2,990
Genuflection, Paintings image
Paintings, 62 W x 72 H x 1.5 in
United States
$9,750
Bookseller's Night, Paintings image
Paintings, 48 W x 66 H x 2 in
United States
$5,850
Prints from $50
Blue Sky, Paintings image
Paintings, 24 W x 24 H x 1.5 in
United States
$1,970
between  9, Paintings image
Paintings, 30.1 W x 22.4 H x 0 in
$2,440
Old friends, Paintings image
Paintings, 39.4 W x 31.5 H x 0.8 in
$3,200
Prints from $40
but I couldnt, Paintings image
Paintings, 63 W x 39.4 H x 1.8 in
United Kingdom
$7,150
Rain is coming, Paintings image
Paintings, 39.4 W x 31.9 H x 1.6 in
Vietnam
$5,410
Nude 6 (portrait of a woman), Paintings image
Paintings, 48 W x 24 H x 1.5 in
United States
$1,970
Untitled, Paintings image
Paintings, 20 W x 16 H x 1.5 in
United States
$1,850
Prints from $40
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Paintings, 48 W x 36 H x 1.5 in
United States
$2,310
Prints from $95
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