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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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André Laurenti, Terra di Siena, Painting

André Laurenti

Terra di Siena, 2017
57.5 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Fred Boutet, Midtown, Painting

Fred Boutet

Midtown, 2021
31.9 x 51.2 x 1 inch


Jéko, Le chemin est long, Painting


Le chemin est long, 2019
45.7 x 35 x 0.8 inch


William David, Scarletta, Sculpture

William David

Scarletta, 2021
50.8 x 20.9 x 16.9 inch


Peter de Boer, Secret surfspot, Painting

Peter de Boer

Secret surfspot, 2021
63 x 70.9 x 0.8 inch


Mara Toledo, Paix totale, Painting

Mara Toledo

Paix totale, 2021
39.4 x 63 x 0.8 inch


L'Atlas, Deep Tuesday, Painting


Deep Tuesday, 2019
47.2 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch


Dezache, Fina, Painting


Fina, 2018
57.1 x 37.4 x 2 inch


Shelby, L'envol des Papillons (Banksy Tribute), Painting


L'envol des Papillons (Banksy Tribute), 2021
35 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch


Léa Ezekielle, Flex out, Painting

Léa Ezekielle

Flex out, 2021
53.1 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch


Monika Rossa, Abstraction 1, Painting

Monika Rossa

Abstraction 1, 2021
59.1 x 44.9 inch


Cumbone, Mantraffiti, Painting


Mantraffiti, 2021
51.2 x 38.2 x 1.6 inch


Yrak, Dimension III, Painting


Dimension III, 2020
74.8 x 51.2 x 2 inch


Eloïse Desnot-Marsan, Sans titre, Painting

Eloïse Desnot-Marsan

Sans titre, 2021
72.8 x 51.2 inch


Maria De Campos, Amy, Painting

Maria De Campos

Amy, 2021
57.1 x 44.9 x 1.2 inch


OverSide, Basquiat, Painting


Basquiat, 2021
51.2 x 51.2 x 1.1 inch


Gor Avetisyan, A Perception of Passion I, Painting

Gor Avetisyan

A Perception of Passion I, 2021
53.1 x 28.3 inch


Poonam Choudhary, Conquer the bad with the good, Painting

Poonam Choudhary

Conquer the bad with the good, 2021
24 x 48 x 2 inch


Aloyzas Smilingis, Flood, Print

Aloyzas Smilingis

Flood, 1993
47.2 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


Sergiusz Powalka, Great polish pond 3, Painting

Sergiusz Powalka

Great polish pond 3, 2021
19.7 x 70.9 x 0.8 inch


Klaudia Lata, Untitled, Painting

Klaudia Lata

Untitled, 2021
59.1 x 78.7 inch


Radina Stoimenova, #1, from the series 'The memory of objects remains in safe spaces', Painting

Radina Stoimenova

#1, from the series 'The memory of objects remains in safe spaces', 2021
51.2 x 24.8 x 0 inch


Alec Franco, Opra, Painting

Alec Franco

Opra, 2021
59.1 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch


MesecOlja, Blue India, Painting


Blue India, 2020
47.2 x 31.5 x 1.5 inch


Marie Baldovini, Duel, Painting

Marie Baldovini

Duel, 2021
19.7 x 59.1 x 3 inch


JP Vergnaud, Sans titre 5, Painting

JP Vergnaud

Sans titre 5, 2021
51.2 x 38.2 x 0.8 inch


Anne Eliayan et Christian Pic, Une île #2 "le pont" n°21/30, Photography

Anne Eliayan et Christian Pic

Une île #2 "le pont" n°21/30, 2021
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch


Juan Lamarca, Lamerick Neck, Photography

Juan Lamarca

Lamerick Neck, 2015
64 x 49 x 0.1 inch


Ann Masseaut-Franchet, Océanne - série enfance, Painting

Ann Masseaut-Franchet

Océanne - série enfance, 2019
47.2 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Sarah B., Zayana, Print

Sarah B.

Zayana, 2021
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


Clément Verdière, Vie, Painting

Clément Verdière

Vie, 2021
55.1 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch


Grégory Watin, Flower, Painting

Grégory Watin

Flower, 2021
70.9 x 11 x 3.9 inch


Alain Bachet, L'arbre qui n'existe pas, Photography

Alain Bachet

L'arbre qui n'existe pas, 2004
57.1 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch


Gaëtan de Séguin, J+ Ensemble, c'est tout, Painting

Gaëtan de Séguin

J+ Ensemble, c'est tout, 2021
43.7 x 63.4 x 1.6 inch


Frédérique Barba, Untitled 73, Painting

Frédérique Barba

Untitled 73, 2019
57.5 x 44.9 x 0.8 inch


Cécile Boceno, Toute une histoire, Painting

Cécile Boceno

Toute une histoire, 2021
47.2 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch


Clem$, Rabbi Colors, Painting


Rabbi Colors, 2020
51.2 x 66.9 x 1.6 inch


Speedy Graphito, Money 2, Fine Art Drawings

Speedy Graphito

Money 2, 2021
46.5 x 30.7 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Charlotte Pivard, Salins Guerande, Painting

Charlotte Pivard

Salins Guerande, 2021
47.2 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch


Julien Raynaud, Abstract #21, Painting

Julien Raynaud

Abstract #21, 2010
47.2 x 23.6 x 2 inch


Speedy Graphito, Fat Fun Art, Painting

Speedy Graphito

Fat Fun Art, 2019
46.5 x 30.7 x 0.1 inch


Nemanja Nikolic, Worth Fighting For, Painting

Nemanja Nikolic

Worth Fighting For, 2021
48 x 36 x 0.78 inch


Dima Filatov, Hello Kitty!, Painting

Dima Filatov

Hello Kitty!, 2021
27.6 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch


Muriel Deumie, Art de rue, Painting

Muriel Deumie

Art de rue, 2021
51.2 x 38.2 x 0.8 inch


Liliane Danino, Paysage, Painting

Liliane Danino

Paysage, 2018
39.4 x 57.5 x 1.6 inch


Monika Nowak, Who's That Guy, Photography

Monika Nowak

Who's That Guy, 2015
55.1 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch


David Gerstein, Lips Liner, Sculpture

David Gerstein

Lips Liner, 2007
30.3 x 47.2 x 5.9 inch

5,000 - $ 10,000

Mario Henrique, Nebula No. 1, Series II, Painting

Mario Henrique

Nebula No. 1, Series II, 2021
47.2 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch


Eric Doisy, Bandana, Painting

Eric Doisy

Bandana, 2021
45.7 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch


Yichao Sun, Labyrinthe, Painting

Yichao Sun

Labyrinthe, 2021
59.1 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch


Tiny de Bruin, The sea has many colors, Painting

Tiny de Bruin

The sea has many colors, 2021
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Miri Baruch, Desert's shadows, Painting

Miri Baruch

Desert's shadows, 2021
39.4 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch


Bernhard Lang, AV_Tulip_Fields_006, Photography

Bernhard Lang

AV_Tulip_Fields_006, 2016
47.2 x 37 x 0.2 inch


Arthur Hent, Linea 21.08, Painting

Arthur Hent

Linea 21.08, 2021
47.2 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch


Chloé Kelly Miller, Le but, c’est de le dépasser, Painting

Chloé Kelly Miller

Le but, c’est de le dépasser, 2020
47.2 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Betty Acquah, Beauty in Unity, Painting

Betty Acquah

Beauty in Unity, 2016
40 x 60 x 2 inch


Marc Thivierge, Traces, Painting

Marc Thivierge

Traces, 2021
64.2 x 12.4 x 1 inch


Florence Dussuyer, Le chant du loup, Painting

Florence Dussuyer

Le chant du loup, 2019
51.2 x 76.8 x 1.6 inch


Prisme, Bliblis, Painting


Bliblis, 2020
45.7 x 35 x 1.2 inch


Monsengo Shula, Van Gogh Noir, Painting

Monsengo Shula

Van Gogh Noir, 2018
48 x 39.4 x 1 inch


Caroline Vis, XXL Art "Arise", Painting

Caroline Vis

XXL Art "Arise", 2021
78.7 x 78.7 x 0.8 inch


Elena Bulatova, Grey circles, Painting

Elena Bulatova

Grey circles, 2021
48 x 48 x 2 inch


Virut Panchabuse, Cosmonaut, Painting

Virut Panchabuse

Cosmonaut, 2021
63 x 55.1 x 1.6 inch


Damola Ayegbayo, Enìyàn (Human) 3, Painting

Damola Ayegbayo

Enìyàn (Human) 3, 2021
48 x 36 x 2 inch


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