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Whether you are looking for an original oil painting or a high quality art print, Saatchi Art has over 49,335 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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Sepezz, Paintings image
Paintings, 11.8 W x 15.7 H x 0.1 in
$270
Zeal Series II, Paintings image
Paintings, 27.6 W x 39.4 H x 0.1 in
$1,050
Readymade Painting #7, Paintings image
Paintings, 16.5 W x 24.4 H x 0 in
$1,760
mirror series UNTITLED Portrait, Paintings image
Paintings, 13.2 W x 18.9 H x 0.1 in
$1,300
mirror series UNTITLED Portrait, Paintings image
Paintings, 10.6 W x 15.3 H x 0.1 in
$983
stories from the rabbits ears, Paintings image
Paintings, 33.9 W x 24 H x 0 in
mirror series UNTITLED Portrait, Paintings image
Paintings, 10.6 W x 15.3 H x 0.1 in
$983
Mind Shade, Paintings image
Paintings, 46 W x 46 H x 1.5 in
United States
$4,750
Key Lime, Paintings image
Paintings, 32 W x 44 H x 0.1 in
United States
$2,270
Prints from $124
Signy 06 [abstract N°1487], Paintings image
Paintings, 11.8 W x 15.7 H x 0.2 in
$645
E is for eat, Paintings image
Paintings, 11.8 W x 16.5 H x 0.8 in
United Kingdom
$3,600
Untitled #4, Paintings image
Paintings, 13 W x 19 H x 0.1 in
$250
Prints from $64
MOMENTUM, Paintings image
Paintings, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0.8 in
faces: qu'est-ce que c'est triste!, Paintings image
Paintings, 27.6 W x 39.4 H x 0.8 in
United Kingdom
$2,440
Girls Study, Paintings image
Paintings, 11.7 W x 8.3 H x 0 in
United Kingdom
$404
mirror series UNTITLED Portrait, Paintings image
Paintings, 10.6 W x 15.3 H x 0.1 in
$983
abstract N° 1328, Paintings image
Paintings, 20.5 W x 20.5 H x 0.8 in
$745
Fluxus 02, Paintings image
Paintings, 43.3 W x 59.1 H x 0.4 in
$5,500
Limited Editions from $150
Profie woman, Paintings image
Paintings, 19.7 W x 25.6 H x 0.4 in
$2,200
Prints from $40
Tectonic27, Paintings image
Paintings, 74.8 W x 51.2 H x 0.8 in
mirror series UNTITLED Portrait, Paintings image
Paintings, 13.2 W x 18.9 H x 0.1 in
$1,300
ct14, Paintings image
Paintings, 15.7 W x 19.7 H x 0.4 in
$710
Prints from $50
Abstract N° 1770, Paintings image
Paintings, 11.8 W x 15.7 H x 0.1 in
$660
Light - NewYork, Paintings image
Paintings, 39.4 W x 51.6 H x 0.4 in
$4,260
Growing in Faith, Paintings image
Paintings, 18 W x 24 H x 0.1 in
United States
$465
Prints from $60
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