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Whether you are looking for an original oil painting or a high quality art print, Saatchi Art has over 4,720 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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Adventures that never end, Paintings image
Paintings, 36.2 W x 42.1 H x 1.6 in
United Kingdom
$4,300
Portrait 416, Paintings image
Paintings, 23.6 W x 31.5 H x 1.2 in
$1,696
Exotic Garden, Paintings image
Paintings, 39.4 W x 55.1 H x 1 in
$4,020
Prints from $133
The wind blows wherever it wants, Paintings image
Paintings, 23.6 W x 31.5 H x 0.8 in
United Kingdom
$4,990
Round Midnight, Paintings image
Paintings, 49.2 W x 39.4 H x 1 in
$3,820
Prints from $85
A Perfect State, Paintings image
Paintings, 36.2 W x 36.2 H x 1.2 in
United Kingdom
$4,100
untitled, Paintings image
Paintings, 7.9 W x 7.9 H x 0.4 in
United Kingdom
$470
Skin covered in ego, Paintings image
Paintings, 59.1 W x 39.4 H x 0.8 in
$6,500
Prints from $100
Evening Clouds, Paintings image
Paintings, 48 W x 48 H x 1.6 in
United Kingdom
$4,500
Japanese Pavilion, Paintings image
Paintings, 66.9 W x 43.3 H x 1 in
$4,950
Chitra (Goa Studies), Paintings image
Paintings, 6.3 W x 7.5 H x 0 in
United Kingdom
$470
hugo,, Paintings image
Paintings, 48 W x 63 H x 2 in
United Kingdom
$5,350
Boats & Lighthouse, Paintings image
Paintings, 44.5 W x 27.6 H x 1.5 in
United Kingdom
$3,300
Prints from $72
memento J, Paintings image
Paintings, 13 W x 16.1 H x 0.6 in
United Kingdom
$940
Blue Bay | Kapoho, Paintings image
Paintings, 23.6 W x 19.7 H x 1.7 in
United Kingdom
$815
Lounging poolside, Paintings image
Paintings, 48 W x 52 H x 1.3 in
United Kingdom
$5,350
Let Paint Speak Up #21, Paintings image
Paintings, 10.2 W x 12.6 H x 1.2 in
architectural luminary, Paintings image
Paintings, 59.1 W x 59.1 H x 1 in
$5,950
Let Paint Speak Up #22, Paintings image
Paintings, 10.2 W x 12.6 H x 1.2 in
Bounded Rationality, Paintings image
Paintings, 43.3 W x 27.6 H x 1 in
$3,470
Prints from $83
nude 13, Paintings image
Paintings, 43.3 W x 31.5 H x 1.6 in
United Kingdom
$4,300
Prints from $40
Not just a pretty face, Paintings image
Paintings, 12.2 W x 12.2 H x 0.8 in
$930
Prints from $100
Your memory's playing tricks and games, Paintings image
Paintings, 31.5 W x 39.4 H x 0.8 in
$2,970
Prints from $100
Still Life with Figs, Paintings image
Paintings, 9.1 W x 12 H x 0.2 in
United Kingdom
$1,380
Prints from $74
Joanna, Paintings image
Paintings, 9.8 W x 11.8 H x 1 in
United Kingdom
$790
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