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Large format artworks have existed for centuries and were traditionally completed in the form of statues or frescoes. The 1x1 metre format originally applied to painting, however works in the 17th century systematically exceeded these dimensions. This can be seen in the Rubens' and Velasquez's canvases, where they paint life-size figures. It's evident that in recent years large format artworks have taken on a whole new meaning, where works are becoming monumental and even colossal in size. Installations and sculptures are now measuring tens of metres high, practically becoming architectural structures, which can be seen in works like Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate.

Fortunately not all large format artworks are the size of an elephant, but they do allow a huge decorative and artistic advantage. Not only is it an easy way to finish off a room or furnish a space, but it's also an excellent solution for completely restyling your home. If it's truly love at first sight, the piece will totally transform your space into a reflection of your personality. When it comes to photography, the impact of a large format print is multiplied, and gives your room an exhibition-like quality.

XXL artworks allow the artist more imaginative freedom since the surface of the canvas is larger. However, the creation of a large format artwork requires a precise technique and a mastering of the medium used. More and more contemporary artists are working with large formats, and the sensitivity in creating such a work is not the same when working with a 30x30cm canvas. Additionally, an increasing number of exhibitions are specialising in large format artworks. Monumenta at the Grand Palais is an event that occurs every two years, where an artist is invited to create a work specially for the enormous space offered by the Nave.

Photographypainting or sculpture, drawing; these artists and their enormous formats will forever influence the history of contemporary art. This preference for large scale artwork can be seen in a long list of artists including, the canadian photographer Jeff Wall, Anglo-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor and Sino-French painter Yan Pei Ming.  These three artists have certainly left a huge mark on the contemporary art market.  

If you're looking for a statement artwork you're in the right place! Here's our selection of large scale paintings. You'll only need one painting to fill that blank wall that has been empty for far too long. With our selection, you won't struggle with finding the perfect artwork - we have abstract paintings, figurative paintings, modern paintings, triptychs and a wide variety of styles!

Large scale paintings have been around for centuries. In general, artists prefer using oil painting for this format because its drying time enables them to go back and rework parts of the painting as it nears completion. They also prefer painting on canvas because it's easier to transport than other supports such as wooden panels.

During the Renaissance, a number of artists painted impressive scenes, often drawn from religion or mythology, on canvases that were several meters wide. The Wedding at Cana, a work by Veronese which you can see in the Louvre, is more than 6m x 9m! In 18th century Europe, large paintings were generally reserved for history paintings. The size of the painting helped the artist (and often the patron who had commission it) make an impact and truly impress the viewer, a bigger canvas meant the subject matter was represented with dignity and gradeure.  A perfect example is The Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David, a huge canvas full of splendid of colours and details that the viewer almost feels overwhelmed by its splendor.

Towards the end of the 19th century artists turned to other genres. Edouard Manet used large scale canvases to paint his realistic scenes of the lower classes and Claude Monet painted expansive landscapes, for example this beautiful water lilies series which now hangs in the Museum of l'Orangerie. Later, other artists like Pablo Picasso, tackled the subject of politics in enormous modern paintings such as Guernica.

Abstract painting didn't put an end to large scale paintings, on the contrary abstract artists loved them! They had a larger surface to experiment with and the big canvases meant that the viewer could fully immerse themselves in the painter's work. The painters of the abstract expressionist movement such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman preferred using large canvases to create their abstract paintings.

Even today artists continue to choose to large scale canvas to create contemporary paintings. Gerhard Richter uses them for both his abstract paintings and figurative paintings, and Jenny Saville paints larger-than-life human bodies.

Discover our selection of large scale paintings that will give make any room seem like a statement.

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Gabriela Lavezzari, Le Printemps, Painting

Gabriela Lavezzari

Le Printemps, 2021
114 x 146 x 3 cm

5,000 - $ 10,000

Ronald Hunter, Traffic pink landscape, Painting

Ronald Hunter

Traffic pink landscape, 2021
70 x 140 x 2 cm


Antony Squizzato, Crawlers, Painting

Antony Squizzato

Crawlers, 2021
120 x 100 x 4 cm


Sergio Moscona, Les architectes de la parole II, Painting

Sergio Moscona

Les architectes de la parole II, 2016
198 x 115 x 5 cm


Fat, Crazy life, Painting


Crazy life, 2021
110 x 130 x 1 cm


Seaty, Luanda, Painting


Luanda, 2019
146 x 114 x 3 cm


Thierry Carrier, Code 2101, Painting

Thierry Carrier

Code 2101, 2021
130 x 89 x 3 cm


Maryse Chatron Kriloff, Intense, Painting

Maryse Chatron Kriloff

Intense, 2021
90 x 130 cm


Monsieur Mollotov, Batman, Painting

Monsieur Mollotov

Batman, 2019
116 x 89 x 2.5 cm


Shaka, Infrarouge #2, Print


Infrarouge #2, 2019
117 x 97 cm


Hom Nguyen, Human, Painting

Hom Nguyen

Human, 2021
200 x 200 x 5 cm

25,000 - $ 50,000

Shaka, Prédation #2, Fine Art Drawings


Prédation #2, 2020
200 x 130 cm
Fine Art Drawings


John Matos Crash, Blue too, Painting

John Matos Crash

Blue too, 2012
140 x 120 x 3 cm

$24,484 $27,204

Olivier Massebeuf, Nocturne, Painting

Olivier Massebeuf

Nocturne, 2021
130 x 89 x 2 cm


Heidler & Heeps, Vinyl Collection Nine Piece Bespoke Installation, Photography

Heidler & Heeps

Vinyl Collection Nine Piece Bespoke Installation, 2017
125 x 125 x 1 cm


Nathalie Zelman, Dark Not So Dark, Sculpture

Nathalie Zelman

Dark Not So Dark, 2021
124 x 50 x 50 cm


Raoul P. Brosseau, Les sauveteurs, Painting

Raoul P. Brosseau

Les sauveteurs, 2021
120 x 100 x 2 cm


Soklak Elgato, Black and white motion, Painting

Soklak Elgato

Black and white motion, 2021
130 x 195 x 4 cm


Joëlle Michenet, Vie intérieure Z, Painting

Joëlle Michenet

Vie intérieure Z, 2021
120 x 80 cm


Caroline Veith, Charivari, Fine Art Drawings

Caroline Veith

Charivari, 2021
105 x 122 x 5 cm
Fine Art Drawings


Kamen Startchev, Spreading the moonlight, Print

Kamen Startchev

Spreading the moonlight, 2015
80 x 130 cm


Muriel Averos, Camargue, Painting

Muriel Averos

Camargue, 2021
72 x 130 cm


Nick Walker, Take Control, Painting

Nick Walker

Take Control, 2019
121 x 91.5 x 4 cm


Jean-Marc Hunt, L'alchimiste, Painting

Jean-Marc Hunt

L'alchimiste, 2019
170 x 120 x 3 cm


K-Arty, El macho, Photography


El macho, 2021
80 x 120 x 0.5 cm


Frédérique Assaël, Samuel, Painting

Frédérique Assaël

Samuel, 2021
130 x 97 x 3 cm


Sabrina Viola, Les gondoles de Venise, Painting

Sabrina Viola

Les gondoles de Venise, 2021
150 x 120 cm


Onikize, Wolverine, Painting


Wolverine, 2021
119 x 90 x 3 cm


René Tavares, Friends, Painting

René Tavares

Friends, 2015
140 x 140 cm


Robert Combas, Les cactus, Painting

Robert Combas

Les cactus, 1987
160 x 132 x 4 cm


Blek Le Rat, Mona Lisa, Painting

Blek Le Rat

Mona Lisa, 2016
162 x 114 cm


Olivier Lannaud, Artemis, Sculpture

Olivier Lannaud

Artemis, 2021
117 x 84.5 x 6 cm


Marta Zawadzka, Mont-Saint-Michel, Painting

Marta Zawadzka

Mont-Saint-Michel, 2021
120 x 180 x 2 cm


Nathan Paddison, AyeSays (Abstract painting), Painting

Nathan Paddison

AyeSays (Abstract painting), 2021
150 x 100 cm


Julien Wolf, Sans titre, Painting

Julien Wolf

Sans titre, 2020
140 x 110 x 5 cm


Aharon Gluska, Lines 6, Painting

Aharon Gluska

Lines 6, 2020
104 x 165 x 2 cm


Jérôme Desanti, Aliens, Painting

Jérôme Desanti

Aliens, 2021
116 x 89 x 2 cm


Zott, Peace End Cov, Painting


Peace End Cov, 2021
97 x 130 x 2.5 cm


Méryl B, MB 47, Painting

Méryl B

MB 47, 2021
130 x 97 x 3 cm


Joëlle Kem Lika, Éclats d'écume 100, Painting

Joëlle Kem Lika

Éclats d'écume 100, 2021
118 x 43 x 2 cm


Shanna Williams Napanangka, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, Painting

Shanna Williams Napanangka

Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 2018
30 x 122 cm


Georges Myral, Construction géométrique #04, Painting

Georges Myral

Construction géométrique #04, 2020
120 x 60 x 4 cm


Ursula Hudson Napangardi, Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming), Painting

Ursula Hudson Napangardi

Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming), 2019
61 x 122 cm


Diana Malivani, March. Mimosa, Painting

Diana Malivani

March. Mimosa, 2021
150 x 120 x 4 cm


Nicolas Maffre, Porto 2, Painting

Nicolas Maffre

Porto 2, 2021
150 x 50 x 2 cm


Cope2, Bronx Made, Painting


Bronx Made, 2021
152.4 x 137.9 x 4 cm


Tic, Soul artifact, Painting


Soul artifact, 2021
130 x 95 x 0.1 cm


Brice Gelot, Balaclava, Painting

Brice Gelot

Balaclava, 2021
150 x 120 x 4 cm


Caroline Vis, Unkown New Collection!, Painting

Caroline Vis

Unkown New Collection!, 2021
40 x 150 x 2 cm


Marta Rynkiewicz, A silent cloister, Painting

Marta Rynkiewicz

A silent cloister, 2020
150 x 120 x 2 cm


TMM, Tarantino II, Painting


Tarantino II, 2021
116 x 89 x 3 cm


Pez, Love The Streets, Painting


Love The Streets, 2019
130 x 97 x 3 cm


Max Steven Grossman, Rock SQ8 (Lightbox), Photography

Max Steven Grossman

Rock SQ8 (Lightbox), 2020
127 x 139.7 x 7.6 cm


Maria De Campos, Jm Basquiat, Painting

Maria De Campos

Jm Basquiat, 2021
162 x 130 x 4 cm


Chloé Kelly Miller, Coucher de soleil, Painting

Chloé Kelly Miller

Coucher de soleil, 2021
116 x 89 x 3 cm


Jane Grieco, Caminhos da Riviera, Painting

Jane Grieco

Caminhos da Riviera, 2021
154 x 80 x 1 cm

$1,781 $2,226

Angela Morris-Winmill, Plunge, I, Painting

Angela Morris-Winmill

Plunge, I, 2021
120 x 152 x 8 cm


Sara Chaar, Dream of pig skin, Painting

Sara Chaar

Dream of pig skin, 2021
120 x 100 cm


Lia Van Leeuwen, A sunny day, Painting

Lia Van Leeuwen

A sunny day, 2021
100 x 140 x 2 cm


Hope 1393, Jaïna, Painting

Hope 1393

Jaïna, 2021
130 x 97 x 2.5 cm


JonOne, Finding the flo.., Painting


Finding the flo.., 2020
120 x 122 x 3 cm


Sax Berlin, Tanya the red: red rebel brigade, Painting

Sax Berlin

Tanya the red: red rebel brigade, 2021
121.9 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm


Ian Hornak, Untitled (Connecticut Landscape), Painting

Ian Hornak

Untitled (Connecticut Landscape), 1983
152.4 x 109.2 cm


Marko Klomp, Desert, Painting

Marko Klomp

Desert, 2010
100 x 140 x 2 cm


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