• £ (GBP)
  • Need some help ?

Oil Painting

Oil painting is a type of paint which involves mixing crushed color pigments usually with linseed oil, although poppy seed oil can also be used. The support on which it is painted must be covered with a primer beforehand so that the layer of paint can adhere to the support; an additional step which is crucial to the creative process and also means that it can be adapted to many types of surfaces.

It was during the Middle Ages that this technique first appeared and began to be develop in the Western world. The discovery of oil painting is often attributed to the Flemish painter, Jan Van Eyck who had been experimenting with various mixtures. With this new painting technique, his works benefited from new transparency effects and a new type of aesthetic was born. His approach was copied and later shared more widely by other primitive Flemish painters. Oil painting replaced the tempera technique, which uses egg as a binder.

Similarly, the wood on which artists painted was replaced by linen canvas, installed on a frame from the 15th century onwards and later placed on an easel. Although it was well-liked by painters, this medium had its drawbacks; its components were toxic and its preparation required a great amount of artisan savoir-faire in the studio. Despite this, it became closely linked to the visual arts and and was hugely popularised during the Renaissance thanks to the Venetian painters such as Titian, followed closely by the Flemish, including Rubens, before it reached the Netherlands who made it their own, with Rembrandt leading the way. The 19th and 20th centuries saw oil painting became the number one choice and the preferred medium for for modern times. The mixture no longer had to be prepared by artists in the studio; industrialization had made things easier and the paint came pre-prepared, packaged in tubes. The tin tube was commercialized in France in 1840 and revolutionised the history of art by encouraging the Impressionists to take their brushes and paints outside and paint en plein air. It would slowly be overtaken by acrylic paint a century later which simplified things even further as it was dried faster.
An oil painting canvas also implies that the painter must respect the fat-over-lean principle, meaning that a colors with high oil content (fat) should be applied over layers of paint with lower oil content (lean) to ensure that the painting will last longer and to prevent cracking. Oil painting remains a widely used method and numerous artworks are still made using this technique.

Contemporary artists still master oil painting but sometimes avoid working with it in the same traditional ways of the 20th century. The canvas is often not prepared so that its texture can be seen under the layer of paint, as certain abstract painters have done. Jackson Pollock for example used oil painting but did not glaze his works. He didn't even truly paint his canvases as he used a dripping technique; by shaking his brush he created splashes of paint over the canvas…

On Artsper, explore contemporary paintings by well-known artists including Arman, Salvador Dali and Robert Combas.

Read more
price,501:1000 facet,10503*Werke von Bestseller-Künstlern|icon-bestsellers*werke-von-kunstlern-bestseller facet,10503*Artworks by best-selling artists|icon-bestsellers*bestsellers facet,10503*Oeuvres d’artistes best sellers|icon-bestsellers*bestsellers facet,10503*Obras de los artistas más vendidos|icon-bestsellers*obras-de-los-artistas-mas-vendidos price,1001:5000 facet,10500*Oeuvres d'artistes émergents|icon-youngtalents*jeunes-talents facet,10500*Werke aufstrebender Künstler|icon-youngtalents*werke-von-jungen-kunstlern facet,10500*Young Talents|icon-youngtalents*youngtalents facet,10500*Obras de artistas emergentes|icon-youngtalents*obras-de-artistas-emergentes category,6*Peinture*peinture category,6*Painting*painting category,6*Gemälde*gemalde category,6*Pintura*pintura price,500 price,5001:10000 facet,8259*Nos recommandations|icon-recommendations*recommandations facet,8259*unsere Empfehlungen|icon-recommendations*unsere-empfehlungen facet,8259*Our recommendations|icon-recommendations*recommendations facet,8259*Nuestras recomendaciones|icon-recommendations*nuestras-recomendaciones facet,10497*Oeuvres d'artistes célèbres|icon-masterpieces*artistes-celebres facet,10497*Artworks by famous artists|icon-masterpieces*masterpieces facet,10497*Werke berühmter Künstler|icon-masterpieces*werke-beruhmter-kunstler facet,10497*Obras de artistas famosos|icon-masterpieces*obras-de-artistas-famosos facet,1629*abstrakt*abstrakt facet,1629*Abstraite*abstraite facet,1629*Abstract*abstract facet,1629*abstracto*abstracto facet,11991*Grands Maitres|icon-masterartists*grands-maitres facet,11991*​Master Artists|icon-masterartists*masterartists facet,11991*Maestros artistas|icon-masterartists*maestros-artistas facet,11991*Große Meister|icon-masterartists*grosse-meister facet,1635*Street art*street-art facet,1635*Straßenkunst*street-art facet,1635*arte callejero*arte-callejero facet,8274*Moyen (\u003c 115 x 115 cm)|medium*moyen facet,11997*Neue bemerkenswerte Künstler|icon-new-remarquable-artists*neue-bemerkenswerte-kunstler facet,11997*Nouveaux artistes à découvrir|icon-new-remarquable-artists*nouveaux-artistes-a-decouvrir facet,11997*​New \u0026 remarkable Artists|icon-new-remarquable-artists*new-remarquable-artists facet,11997*Artistas nuevos y destacados|icon-new-remarquable-artists*artistas-nuevos-y-destacados category,5*Sculpture*sculpture category,5*Skulpturen*skulptur category,5*Escultura*escultura facet,8277*Grand (\u003c 200 x 200 cm)|large*grand facet,1686*Pop-Art*pop-art facet,1686*Pop Art*pop-art facet,1686*Arte pop*arte-pop category,9*Photographie*photographie category,9*Fotografien*fotografie category,9*Photography*photography category,9*Fotografía*fotografia facet,1644*Portrait*portrait facet,1644*Porträt*portrat facet,1644*Retrato*retrato facet,1671*Landscape*nature facet,1671*Natur*natur facet,1671*Paysage*nature facet,1671*Naturaleza*naturaleza facet,8277*Large (\u003c 200 x 200 cm)|large*large facet,8277*Large (\u003c 80 x 80 inch)|large*large facet,1641*Nude*nude facet,1641*Akt*akte facet,1641*Nus*nus facet,1641*desnudos*desnudos category,23*Dessin*dessin category,23*Zeichnungen*zeichnung category,23*Fine Art Drawings*drawing category,23*Dibujo*dibujo category,15*Edition*edition category,15*Print*print category,15*Drucke*editionen category,15*Edición*edicion facet,11697*Figuratif*figuratif facet,11697*Figurativ*figurativ facet,11697*Figurative*figurative facet,11697*Figurativo*figurativo facet,8301*Special Offers|icon-promotions*vergunstigte-werke facet,8301*Special offers|icon-promotions*promotions facet,8301*Oeuvres en promotion|icon-promotions*promotions facet,8301*Trabajos en promoción|icon-promotions*trabajos-en-promocion facet,8274*Medium (\u003c 115 x 115 cm)|medium*medium facet,8274*Medium (\u003c 45 x 45 inch)|medium*medium facet,8280*Très grand (\u003e 200 x 200 cm)|very-large*tres-grand facet,8280*Très grand (\u003e 80 x 80 inch)|very-large*tres-grand facet,1830*Landscape|landscape*orientation-landscape facet,1830*Paysage|landscape*orientation-paysage facet,1830*Landschaft|landscape*orientation-landschaft facet,1830*Paisaje|landscape*orientation-paisaje facet,1674*Everyday life*everyday-life facet,1674*Scène de vie*scene-de-vie facet,1674*Alltagsszenen*alltagsszenen facet,1674*Escena de la vida*escena-de-la-vida facet,1680*Animaux*animaux facet,1680*Animal*animal facet,1680*Tiere*tiere facet,1680*Animales*animales facet,1827*Portrait|portrait*orientation-portrait facet,1827*Hochformat|portrait*orientation-portrat facet,1827*Retrato|portrait*orientation-retrato facet,8271*Petit (\u003c 50 x 50 cm)|small*petit price,1000:501 price,50001 facet,1668*Noir et blanc*noir-et-blanc facet,1668*Schwarz und weiß*schwarz-und-weiss facet,1668*Black and white*black-and-white facet,1668*Blanco y negro*blanco-y-negro facet,1659*Flore*flore facet,1659*Floral*floral facet,1659*Flora*flora facet,1659*Flores*flores facet,11634*Pop culture Street-artistes*pop-culture-street-artistes facet,11634*Pop Culture Street Artists*pop-culture-street-artists facet,11634*Popkultur Straßenkünstler*popkultur-strassenkunstler facet,11634*Cultura pop Street-artistas*cultura-pop-street-artistas facet,8280*Very large (\u003e 200 x 200 cm)|very-large*very-large facet,8280*Very large (\u003e 80 x 80 inch)|very-large*very-large facet,1632*Architecture*architecture facet,1632*Die Architektur*die-architektur facet,1632*Arquitectura*arquitectura facet,1692*Géométrique*geometrique facet,1692*Geometric*geometric facet,1692*Geometrisch*geometrisch facet,1692*Geometría*geometria facet,1650*Paysage urbain*paysage-urbain facet,1650*Urban Landscape*urban-landscape facet,1650*Paisaje urbano*paisaje-urbano facet,1650*Städtische Landschaft*stadtische-landschaft facet,126*acrylique*acrylique facet,126*Acryl-*acryl facet,126*acrylic*acrylic facet,126*acrílico*acrilico price,25001:50000
Popular searches

Filters

Saved search

Your search is accessible from the favorites tab > My favorite searches

Unsaved search

A problem occurred

In just a few clicks, tell us your preferences and discover our recommended works for you

Our recommendations Anya Spielman, Lapin, Painting

Anya Spielman

Lapin, 2009
41.3 x 29.1 inch
Painting

£5,350

Our recommendations Maude Ovize, Equilibre, Painting

Maude Ovize

Equilibre, 2022
31.9 x 45.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

£1,908 £1,431

Our recommendations Patrick Marie, L'Automne I, Painting

Patrick Marie

L'Automne I, 2022
19.7 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£1,214 £911

Ralph Resch, Lost, Painting

Ralph Resch

Lost, 2022
36.2 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£633

Laurent Bouro, L.B22, Painting

Laurent Bouro

L.B22, 2022
31.5 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Painting

£1,995

Our recommendations Jean-Luc Myskowski, Sous le soleil de Camargue, Painting

Jean-Luc Myskowski

Sous le soleil de Camargue, 2019
25.6 x 21.3 x 2 inch
Painting

£2,004

Peter de Boer, How do we get there?, Painting

Peter de Boer

How do we get there?, 2022
27.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£1,735

Liora, Blue Horizon 3, Painting

Liora

Blue Horizon 3, 2022
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£481

Rafal Gadowski, Crowned cranes, Painting

Rafal Gadowski

Crowned cranes, 2022
39.4 x 39.4 x 1 inch
Painting

£1,041

Our recommendations Mónica Castanys, Let's go out, Painting

Mónica Castanys

Let's go out, 2022
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Painting

£1,388

Our recommendations Anany, Fleurs des champs, Painting

Anany

Fleurs des champs, 2022
48 x 43.3 x 1.8 inch
Painting

£2,515

Our recommendations Chanoir, Des Formes Et Des Chas, Painting

Chanoir

Des Formes Et Des Chas, 2022
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

£4,033

Eric Munsch, Le voyage moderne, Painting

Eric Munsch

Le voyage moderne, 2022
28.7 x 45.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£1,691

Sanuj Birla, Starry Night With Kaws, Painting

Sanuj Birla

Starry Night With Kaws, 2021
20 x 24 x 0.5 inch
Painting

£1,868

Daniel Castan, Koreatown, Painting

Daniel Castan

Koreatown, 2022
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

£3,903

Raymond Attanasio, 28 avril 2022, Painting

Raymond Attanasio

28 avril 2022, 2022
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

£1,301 £651

Arnaud Duhamel, N6-0152022, Painting

Arnaud Duhamel

N6-0152022, 2022
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£1,041

Our recommendations Zarina Bigati, Dougom landscape, Painting

Zarina Bigati

Dougom landscape, 2022
17.3 x 25.2 inch
Painting

£1,561 £1,249

Yasna Godovanik, Summertime Paradise, Painting

Yasna Godovanik

Summertime Paradise, 2022
43.3 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£1,180

Our recommendations Le Closier, Arno, Painting

Le Closier

Arno, 2021
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£1,041

Antonino Puliafico, Onda di prato, Painting

Antonino Puliafico

Onda di prato, 2022
41.3 x 61 x 0 inch
Painting

£2,429

Alexander Daniloff, Natura morta orientale, Painting

Alexander Daniloff

Natura morta orientale, 2001
17.7 x 20.1 x 0.2 inch
Painting

£607

Our recommendations Joël Kermarrec, Fond noir noeud rouge, Painting

Joël Kermarrec

Fond noir noeud rouge, 1971
32.3 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£1,561

Nicolas Monjo, Vous entrez dans une zone de contrôle, Painting

Nicolas Monjo

Vous entrez dans une zone de contrôle, 2022
51.2 x 38.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£1,821

Our recommendations Zena Blackwell, Anywhere / Somewhere, Painting

Zena Blackwell

Anywhere / Somewhere, 2021
23.6 x 17.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£1,700

Our recommendations Odile Pinto-Corbin, Le massacre des innocents, Painting

Odile Pinto-Corbin

Le massacre des innocents, 2022
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£1,388

Our recommendations Serghei Ghetiu, The Underground life, Painting

Serghei Ghetiu

The Underground life, 2022
29.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£781

Anouck Botteron, RT38, Painting

Anouck Botteron

RT38, 2021
35.4 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch
Painting

£1,561

Dima Filatov, Winter Angel, Painting

Dima Filatov

Winter Angel, 2022
19.7 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£694

Albena Vatcheva, Flashback, Painting

Albena Vatcheva

Flashback, 2022
39.4 x 19.7 x 1 inch
Painting

£2,038

Shota Voskanyan, Pretty Girl, Painting

Shota Voskanyan

Pretty Girl, 2022
13.4 x 7.5 x 0.4 inch
Painting

£1,474

Luis Alvarado, Solentiname, Painting

Luis Alvarado

Solentiname, 2022
39.4 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

£4,337

David Hinchliffe, Piccadilly Night, Painting

David Hinchliffe

Piccadilly Night, 2021
24.4 x 32.3 x 0.4 inch
Painting

£1,800

Our recommendations Laure-Anne Duchet, Ci-elle, Painting

Laure-Anne Duchet

Ci-elle, 2021
31.5 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

£1,041

Etienne Quesnay, Pharaoh Lover, Painting

Etienne Quesnay

Pharaoh Lover, 2022
18.1 x 15 inch
Painting

£564

Alessandra Bisi, Geo campi di grano, Painting

Alessandra Bisi

Geo campi di grano, 2022
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£1,171

Meskar, Marée nocturne, Painting

Meskar

Marée nocturne, 2022
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£425

Our recommendations Helena Troyanskaya, Greenness, Painting

Helena Troyanskaya

Greenness, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

£451

Agnieszka Staak-Janczarska, Sculptures, Painting

Agnieszka Staak-Janczarska

Sculptures, 2020
14.6 x 10.8 x 0.1 inch
Painting

£304

Claire Wiltsher, Silver Light III, Painting

Claire Wiltsher

Silver Light III, 2022
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

£1,895

Fabienne Ribeyrolles, Banc de Brume, Painting

Fabienne Ribeyrolles

Banc de Brume, 2022
25.6 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£1,388

Our recommendations Hélène Duclos, Prendre l'air #2, Painting

Hélène Duclos

Prendre l'air #2, 2019
21.3 x 25.6 x 2 inch
Painting

£2,602

Adam Sabhan, Untitled SM 17, Painting

Adam Sabhan

Untitled SM 17, 2011
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Painting

£1,301

Our recommendations Shelley Newman, Watching The Show, Painting

Shelley Newman

Watching The Show, 2022
29.9 x 29.9 x 1.6 inch
Painting

£1,821

Brigitte Auvergne, Rêveuse, Painting

Brigitte Auvergne

Rêveuse, 2022
28 x 20.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

£633

Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Surmonter, Painting

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Surmonter, 2021
31.5 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£364

Our recommendations Brigitte Di Scala, Les rubans rouges, Painting

Brigitte Di Scala

Les rubans rouges, 2022
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

£2,602

Michail Ashkhotov, Abstraction V, Painting

Michail Ashkhotov

Abstraction V, 2019
11 x 16.1 inch
Painting

£338

Ivan Tzonev, Tête 5, Painting

Ivan Tzonev

Tête 5, 2021
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Painting

£108

Valérie Dragacci, Mon ile, Painting

Valérie Dragacci

Mon ile, 2022
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£434

Christelle Desangles, -04.08.20., Painting

Christelle Desangles

-04.08.20., 2020
28.7 x 36.2 inch
Painting

£2,602

Rodolpho Tamanini Netto, View of Sao Paulo from Ibirapuera´s Park, Painting

Rodolpho Tamanini Netto

View of Sao Paulo from Ibirapuera´s Park, 2002
27.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£2,255

Jean Jacques Boimond, St Barthélemy, Painting

Jean Jacques Boimond

St Barthélemy, 1977
15 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£513

Cécile Desserle, Apparence, Painting

Cécile Desserle

Apparence, 2022
28.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£1,952

Baptiste Laurent, Epouvantail Maïs, Painting

Baptiste Laurent

Epouvantail Maïs, 2022
42.9 x 42.9 x 0.1 inch
Painting

£2,429

Klaudia Lata, Untitled, Painting

Klaudia Lata

Untitled, 2022
55.1 x 39.4 inch
Painting

£1,821

Jame's Prunier, Lézards des lices, Painting

Jame's Prunier

Lézards des lices, 2022
15 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£1,535

Our recommendations Inna Sumina, Confession, Painting

Inna Sumina

Confession, 2022
39.4 x 47.2 inch
Painting

£2,342 £1,873

Our recommendations SAB, Coquelicots N°3, Painting

SAB

Coquelicots N°3, 2022
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£1,301

Karine Bartoli, Volley, Painting

Karine Bartoli

Volley, 2022
39.4 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

£997

Malcolm Conan, Archipel, Painting

Malcolm Conan

Archipel, 2022
15.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£607

JM Robert, Pas de nature inquiète, Painting

JM Robert

Pas de nature inquiète, 2022
57.5 x 38.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

£5,117

Our recommendations Laurence Gasior, Boulevard des platanes, Painting

Laurence Gasior

Boulevard des platanes, 2020
21.7 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£876

Jose Ricardo Contreras Gonzalez, Cubo de tono azul, Painting

Jose Ricardo Contreras Gonzalez

Cubo de tono azul, 2022
19 x 15 x 0.1 inch
Painting

£812

Jean-Baptiste Dumont, La robe verte, Painting

Jean-Baptiste Dumont

La robe verte, 2021
31.5 x 23.6 inch
Painting

£1,735

Dorota Zych-Charaziak, Slalom, Painting

Dorota Zych-Charaziak

Slalom, 2022
43.3 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£867

Sergueï Toutounov, Roses en bouquet, Painting

Sergueï Toutounov

Roses en bouquet, 1997
25.6 x 21.3 x 0.1 inch
Painting

£748

Our recommendations Marina Dobrovolskaya, Corn Flowers, Painting

Marina Dobrovolskaya

Corn Flowers, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

£1,821

Timothy Archer, L'homme oiseau, Painting

Timothy Archer

L'homme oiseau, 2013
16.1 x 11.6 inch
Painting

£911

Christian Jodin, Les Cyclistes Déjeunent, Painting

Christian Jodin

Les Cyclistes Déjeunent, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

£429

Our recommendations Gary Hume, Window Painting (from 1000 Windows Paintings), Painting

Gary Hume

Window Painting (from 1000 Windows Paintings), 2013
14.6 x 12.4 inch
Painting

£467

Andrew Kinmont, A Quieter Place, Painting

Andrew Kinmont

A Quieter Place, 2022
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

£2,300

Brian Neish, Arrival, Painting

Brian Neish

Arrival, 2021
29.9 x 29.9 x 1.6 inch
Painting

£1,800

  • Discover the selection of our experts

Top artists

Discover our personalized selection for you

See my personal selection
See my recommendations

Discover our thematic selections

Show more