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Palette knife painting

The painting knife, or palette knife, as it is often called, has been a part of painters' tools for many centuries. Originally, it wasn't used to apply paint or to produce impastos but to mix pigments, to superimpose one layer of paint over another to modify it appearance or to remove excess paint from the canvas. Consisting of a curved handle and a flexible steel blade, its shape is comparable to that of a small trowel. It was during the Renaissance that the palette knife began to be used for something other than its original purpose and that artists started to use it to paint. Before that, painters sought to create a realistic and therefore smooth result. But artists such as Rembrandt, Titian or Fragonard noticed that scraping paint to create impasto helped to create eye-catching texture, relief and light. Gustave Courbet is well-known for having brought palette knives back into fashion in the 19th century, a pivotal period when the art of painting, and art in general, underwent many changes and transformations. He was followed by the Impressionists and the modern painters (Monet, Van Gogh, Turner, etc) who used it to create thick impastos. Impressionists were particularly keen on this tool which was well-suited to the way in which they sought to represent light realistically, as our eyes see it. The invention of the easel and paint tubes allowed them to leave their workshops and to paint outside, enabling them to depict the shimmering reflections of water and the ever changing nature. They applied paint quickly in small thin strokes on the canvas and created texture using the knife. To create this effect, they used oil paint and acrylic, working them as little as possible so as to ensure their thick, dense appearance. On Artsper, find artwork by Richard Dubure, Martta Weg and Ryan Hewett who all heavily use the palette knife in their practice.

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Nathanael Koffi, It feel like acid rain, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

It feel like acid rain, 2021
73 x 100 x 2.5 cm
Painting

€1,800

Jonathan Pradillon, Grand Fondu Bleu Iridescent, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Grand Fondu Bleu Iridescent, 2021
80 x 60 x 1.6 cm
Painting

€240

Corinne Foucouin, Horizon N 99 l'Isle 20-20, Painting

Corinne Foucouin

Horizon N 99 l'Isle 20-20, 2021
20 x 20 x 2 cm
Painting

€149

Raphaël Laventure, Connexion, Painting

Raphaël Laventure

Connexion, 2019
120 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

€5,400

Laurence Nolleau, Llona, Painting

Laurence Nolleau

Llona, 2019
80 x 60 x 1 cm
Painting

2,500 - € 5,000

Jo Sada, Mistake Blue, Painting

Jo Sada

Mistake Blue, 2020
40 x 30 x 2 cm
Painting

€100

Gabriel Monte, The Underwater Dance, Painting

Gabriel Monte

The Underwater Dance, 2021
50 x 70 x 1 cm
Painting

€990

Stephan Martins, Volition, Painting

Stephan Martins

Volition, 2018
80 x 100 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€670

Hélio Teles, Wall Series, Painting

Hélio Teles

Wall Series, 2019
70 x 70 x 4 cm
Painting

€1,600

Agnès Tiollier, Reflets sur le bassin, Painting

Agnès Tiollier

Reflets sur le bassin, 2016
120 x 60 x 2.5 cm
Painting

€1,700

Floriane Moraca, Swimming Pool, Painting

Floriane Moraca

Swimming Pool, 2021
80 x 120 x 2 cm
Painting

€1,035

Marie Aimer, Une ballade, Painting

Marie Aimer

Une ballade, 2016
61 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

€2,000

Christiane Guerry, Les petites filles, Painting

Christiane Guerry

Les petites filles, 2017
30 x 24 x 2 cm
Painting

€420

Edward Kosa, Complexities within the Hollow, Painting

Edward Kosa

Complexities within the Hollow, 2021
76.2 x 121.9 cm
Painting

€488

Tavalina, Aviel, Painting

Tavalina

Aviel, 2020
74 x 102 x 5 cm
Painting

€1,400

Vinnie Nikitin, A Soft Touch Of The Sun, Painting

Vinnie Nikitin

A Soft Touch Of The Sun, 2021
55 x 140 x 2 cm
Painting

€1,500

Toussaint, Tierras Naranjas (1), Painting

Toussaint

Tierras Naranjas (1), 2017
40 x 40 x 2 cm
Painting

€500

Jean-Claude Plumes, Un monde nouveau II, Painting

Jean-Claude Plumes

Un monde nouveau II, 2020
60 x 80 x 3 cm
Painting

€850

Sower, Anderson .Paak and the Free Colors, Painting

Sower

Anderson .Paak and the Free Colors, 2017
80 x 60 cm
Painting

€350

David Porteous-Butler, St Cwyfan's Church - Aberfraw, Painting

David Porteous-Butler

St Cwyfan's Church - Aberfraw, 2017
24 x 41 x 2 cm
Painting

€1,614

Orli Ziv, Chalom Aleikhem, Painting

Orli Ziv

Chalom Aleikhem, 2020
54 x 45 x 2 cm
Painting

€1,750

Pascal Saint-Vanne (Vladimir), Sans titre, Painting

Pascal Saint-Vanne (Vladimir)

Sans titre, 2018
65 x 81 x 4 cm
Painting

€450

Cristo Lorini, Abstraction, Painting

Cristo Lorini

Abstraction, 2021
73 x 92 x 4 cm
Painting

€4,800

Jean-Christophe Lelièvre, La pinède, Painting

Jean-Christophe Lelièvre

La pinède, 2020
96 x 190 x 2.5 cm
Painting

€3,000

Anders Knutsson, #2 Most Red, Painting

Anders Knutsson

#2 Most Red, 2018
181 x 135 x 3 cm
Painting

€15,000

Jonathan Pradillon, Petit éclat rouge iridescent, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Petit éclat rouge iridescent, 2021
20 x 20 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€60

Jonathan Pradillon, Grand Fondu Blanc Perlé Bleu Iridescent, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Grand Fondu Blanc Perlé Bleu Iridescent, 2021
80 x 60 x 1.6 cm
Painting

€240

Jonathan Pradillon, Petit éclat rose rouge iridescent, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Petit éclat rose rouge iridescent, 2021
20 x 20 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€60

Jonathan Pradillon, Petit éclat rose iridescent, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Petit éclat rose iridescent, 2021
20 x 20 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€60

Jonathan Pradillon, Petit éclat rose violet gris iridescent, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Petit éclat rose violet gris iridescent, 2021
20 x 20 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€60

Corinne Foucouin, Horizon N 100 L'ISLE 20-20, Painting

Corinne Foucouin

Horizon N 100 L'ISLE 20-20, 2021
20 x 20 x 2 cm
Painting

€149

Corinne Foucouin, Horizon N 98 l'Isle 20-20, Painting

Corinne Foucouin

Horizon N 98 l'Isle 20-20, 2021
20 x 20 x 2 cm
Painting

€149

Jonathan Pradillon, Petit éclat bleu iridescent profond, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Petit éclat bleu iridescent profond, 2021
20 x 20 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€60

Jonathan Pradillon, Vaste éclat or orange, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Vaste éclat or orange, 2021
100 x 100 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€500

Jonathan Pradillon, Vaste éclat or gris, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Vaste éclat or gris, 2021
100 x 100 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€500

Sophie Petetin, RIEN QUE POUR TOI, Painting

Sophie Petetin

RIEN QUE POUR TOI, 2021
40 x 40 x 2.5 cm
Painting

€626 €695

Jonathan Pradillon, Vaste Eclat Blanc Argenté Rose Violet, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Vaste Eclat Blanc Argenté Rose Violet, 2021
100 x 100 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€500

Jonathan Pradillon, Vaste éclat or orange violet, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Vaste éclat or orange violet, 2021
100 x 100 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€500

Jonathan Pradillon, Texture couteau bleue grise iridescente, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Texture couteau bleue grise iridescente, 2021
50 x 20 x 2 cm
Painting

€81 €90

Jonathan Pradillon, Matrice flamboyante, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Matrice flamboyante, 2021
80 x 40 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€170

Jonathan Pradillon, Matrice froide, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Matrice froide, 2021
80 x 40 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€170

Jonathan Pradillon, Texture couteau dorée rouge iridescente, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Texture couteau dorée rouge iridescente, 2021
50 x 20 x 2 cm
Painting

€81 €90

Jonathan Pradillon, Grand éclat couleurs or gris, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Grand éclat couleurs or gris, 2021
80 x 80 x 4 cm
Painting

€270

Jonathan Pradillon, Grand éclat nuances blanc noir, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Grand éclat nuances blanc noir, 2020
80 x 80 x 4 cm
Painting

€270

Jonathan Pradillon, Texture couteau or orange rouge violette, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Texture couteau or orange rouge violette, 2020
61 x 50 x 1.6 cm
Painting

€150

Jonathan Pradillon, Fondu or Violet, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Fondu or Violet, 2020
73 x 54 x 2 cm
Painting

€170

Jonathan Pradillon, Fondu or vert, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Fondu or vert, 2020
73 x 54 x 2 cm
Painting

€170

Jonathan Pradillon, Fondu or bleu, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Fondu or bleu, 2020
73 x 54 x 2 cm
Painting

€170

Jonathan Pradillon, Fondu or rouge, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Fondu or rouge, 2020
73 x 54 x 2 cm
Painting

€170

Jonathan Pradillon, Grand éclat couleurs or rose, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Grand éclat couleurs or rose, 2020
80 x 80 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€270

Jonathan Pradillon, Fondu rose orange violet, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Fondu rose orange violet, 2020
73 x 54 x 2 cm
Painting

€160

Jonathan Pradillon, Texture couteau or noire, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Texture couteau or noire, 2020
61 x 50 x 1.6 cm
Painting

€140

Jonathan Pradillon, Texture couteau blanc orange, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Texture couteau blanc orange, 2020
61 x 50 x 1.6 cm
Painting

€140

Jonathan Pradillon, Texture couteau blanc jaune, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Texture couteau blanc jaune, 2020
61 x 50 x 1.6 cm
Painting

€140

Jonathan Pradillon, Texture couteau blanc violette, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Texture couteau blanc violette, 2020
61 x 50 x 1.6 cm
Painting

€140

Jonathan Pradillon, Texture couteau flamboyante, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Texture couteau flamboyante, 2020
61 x 50 x 1.6 cm
Painting

€140

Jonathan Pradillon, Texture couteau doré rose rouge violette, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Texture couteau doré rose rouge violette, 2020
61 x 50 x 1.6 cm
Painting

€140

Jonathan Pradillon, Texture couteau or marron, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Texture couteau or marron, 2020
61 x 50 x 1.6 cm
Painting

€140

Jonathan Pradillon, Texture couteau dorée violette, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Texture couteau dorée violette, 2020
61 x 50 x 1.6 cm
Painting

€140

Jonathan Pradillon, Texture couteau or orange, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Texture couteau or orange, 2020
61 x 50 x 1.6 cm
Painting

€140

Jonathan Pradillon, Texture couteau or rose, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Texture couteau or rose, 2020
61 x 50 x 1.6 cm
Painting

€140

Jonathan Pradillon, Texture couteau verdoyante, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Texture couteau verdoyante, 2020
61 x 50 x 1.6 cm
Painting

€140

Jonathan Pradillon, Éclaté de couleur rose rouge, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Éclaté de couleur rose rouge, 2019
30 x 30 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€70

Jonathan Pradillon, Éclaté de couleur or verdoyant, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Éclaté de couleur or verdoyant, 2019
30 x 30 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€70

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