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Whether you are looking for an original oil painting or a high quality art print, Saatchi Art has over 677,979 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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Pink Fold, Paintings image
Paintings, 37.4 W x 31.5 H x 0.8 in
United Kingdom
$3,300
Prints from $40
M3LL155X, Paintings image
Paintings, 30 W x 30 H x 1.6 in
United Kingdom
$2,640
Prints from $40
Buttermere, Lake District [Abstract N°2236], Paintings image
Paintings, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 1.6 in
$2,990
MODCEM075, Paintings image
Paintings, 51.2 W x 49.6 H x 1.6 in
$4,150
Prints from $40
Orange Organics, Paintings image
Paintings, 24 W x 18 H x 1.3 in
United States
$1,325
Prints from $53
Woman in the Sun, Paintings image
Paintings, 35.4 W x 23.6 H x 0.8 in
Argentina
$1,760
Prints from $40
Still the Water, Paintings image
Paintings, 17.3 W x 17.3 H x 0.1 in
Argentina
$810
Prints from $40
Memory Buys The Time, Paintings image
Paintings, 27.6 W x 39.4 H x 0.8 in
$1,096
Prints from $57
Chicken chest, Paintings image
Paintings, 22 W x 29.9 H x 0 in
Turn  100 x 100 cm., Paintings image
Paintings, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 1.6 in
$2,030
Prints from $40
mirror series UNTITLED Portrait, Paintings image
Paintings, 10.6 W x 15.3 H x 0.1 in
$983
where time doesn't exist II, Paintings image
Paintings, 47.2 W x 55.1 H x 0.8 in
$2,710
Lisa, Paintings image
Paintings, 23.6 W x 27.6 H x 0.8 in
$1,460
Nobody Home, Paintings image
Paintings, 18 W x 18 H x 1.5 in
United States
$980
Sueños 2, Paintings image
Paintings, 59.1 W x 59.1 H x 2 in
$5,650
Grand Canyon Original Handmade oil Painting One of a kind, Paintings image
United States
$1,075
bld.13, Paintings image
Paintings, 31.9 W x 39.4 H x 1.2 in
Netherlands
$3,270
Symmetriarum, Paintings image
Paintings, 23.6 W x 31.5 H x 1.2 in
$1,410
Prints from $57
The Chi-pao Lady, Paintings image
Paintings, 31.5 W x 63 H x 0.1 in
$4,840
Prints from $40
Transfer to Red, Paintings image
Paintings, 67 W x 41 H x 1.5 in
United States
$4,580
Prints from $40
Not Quite Light, Paintings image
Paintings, 23.6 W x 23.6 H x 1.6 in
United Kingdom
$2,240
New Phonetic XXllll, Paintings image
Paintings, 30 W x 40 H x 2 in
United States
$3,290
Prints from $190
Skater Girl, Paintings image
Paintings, 48 W x 31.9 H x 1.2 in
New Zealand
$3,470
Prints from $52
The performance of wind #114, Paintings image
Paintings, 51.5 W x 51.5 H x 1.2 in
South Korea
$4,250
Prints from $202
Eldon, Paintings image
Paintings, 36 W x 15 H x 1.8 in
United States
$1,600
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