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Signed French Impressionist 1940's Oil Painting Boats Figures on Martigues Beach
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
The Beach at Martigues, South of France French artist, signed and dated 1941 signed oil painting on
Category

Mid-20th Century Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Hospitalities Long Past, 1940s Oil Painting of Store Front
By Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Beachwood, OH
Clarence Holbrook Carter (American, 1904-2000) Hospitalities Long Past, 1941 Oil on canvas Signed
Category

1940s American Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940s Oil Painting Portrait of Two Figures, American Modernist Figurative
By Angelo Di Benedetto
Located in Denver, CO
Oil on canvas signed by artist Angelo Di Benedetto (1913-1992) featuring two young figures reading
Category

1940s American Modern Portrait Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Large 1940's French Post Impressionist Signed Oil Painting Still Life Flowers
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Still Life of Flowers French artist, Post Impressionist signed oil on canvas, framed in original
Category

Mid-20th Century Post-Impressionist Still-life Paintings

Materials

Oil, Canvas

Reclining Nude - Industrial Scene Verso - Scottish 1940's portrait oil painting
Located in London, GB
This interesting British 1940's oil painting is attributed to Harry Jefferson Barnes. Barnes
Category

1940s Impressionist Nude Paintings

Materials

Oil

Adobe Church, New Mexico, 1940s Modernist Southwestern Landscape Oil Painting
By Paul Kauvar Smith
Located in Denver, CO
Vintage 1930s - 1940s oil painting of an adobe church in New Mexico with a brilliant blue sky and
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1940s American Modern Landscape Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

1940's Vintage French Flower Painting Still Life Roses in Vase, signed
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Artist/ School: French School, signed and dated 1940's Title: Still Life of Roses in a Vase
Category

20th Century Impressionist Still-life Paintings

Materials

Oil

Oil Painting "Brooklyn" 1940's
Located in Rochester, NY
Mid-Century Modern oil painting, 1940s cityscape, "Bedford at Lafayette, Brooklyn". Oil on masonite
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Mid-20th Century Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil, Masonite

Oil Painting "Brooklyn" 1940's
Oil Painting "Brooklyn" 1940's
H 25.5 in W 33.5 in D 2 in
1940's French Impressionist Oil Painting Flower Garden Abundant Colours
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
oil painting on board, unframed measures: 13 high by 16 inches wide condition: overall very good and
Category

Mid-20th Century Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940's French Impressionist Oil Painting Flowers in Cottage Garden
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
oil painting on canvas, unframed measures: 7.75 high by 10.5 inches wide condition: overall very good
Category

Mid-20th Century Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940's French Impressionist Oil Painting Purple & Green Landscape View
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
the back oil painting on board, unframed measures: 5.5 high by 7 inches wide condition: overall very
Category

Mid-20th Century Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

Fine 1940's French Post Impressionist Oil Painting Portrait of Artists Model
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
The Artists Model by Jean Dulac (1902-1968) *see below signed oil painting on canvas, unframed
Category

Mid-20th Century Post-Impressionist Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940's Portrait of Cairn Terrier Dog Oil Painting Fine British Oil Painting
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
titled to the lower corner oil painting on wood panel: 14 x 18 inches framed condition: very good and
Category

Mid-20th Century Realist Animal Paintings

Materials

Oil, Wood Panel

Antique Impressionistic Landscape Oil Painting with Children Circa 1940's
Located in Douglas Manor, NY
#5-3065 Impressionist Landscape, a 1940's Autumnal scene , oil on canvas displayed in a wood
Category

1960s Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

Antique Italian Impressionist Coastline Landscape Oil Painting Circa 1940's
Located in Douglas Manor, NY
3766 Italian oil painting coastline painting Set in a hand carved wood frame Image size 7.5x9.5"
Category

1940s Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

Roses in Glass Vase Interior Scene 1940's French Impressionist Oil Painting
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
signed oil painting on canvas stuck on board, unframed measures: 16.5 high by 13 inches wide condition
Category

Mid-20th Century Impressionist Still-life Paintings

Materials

Oil

Pink Roses in Green Vase 1940's French Impressionist Signed Oil Painting
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Vintage French Oil Painting signed by Louise Alix (French, 1888-1980) *see notes below provenance
Category

Mid-20th Century Impressionist Still-life Paintings

Materials

Oil

Vintage American Pointer Dog Hunting in Landscape Oil Painting 1940's
Located in Douglas Manor, NY
#5-3302 Dog Hunting oil on canvas applied to a board ,displayed in a wood frame ,signed by Geyer
Category

1940s Animal Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940's French Post Impressionist Oil Painting Mediterranean Village Street View
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
painting. Vignon''s works carry tremendous energy and enthusiasm, often painted with very thick impasto oil
Category

Mid-20th Century Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940's Winter Snow Landscape Listed Spanish Artist Signed Oil Painting
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
stamped board oil painting on board, unframed board: 5.5 x 8.5 inches provenance: private collection
Category

1940s Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940's French Modernist Figure in Interior Setting, Intriguing Oil Painting
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Medium: signed oil painting on canvas, unframed. Size: canvas: 24 x 19.75 inches Provenance
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Mid-20th Century Impressionist Abstract Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940's French Impressionist Oil Painting Vintage Still Life of Roses Glass Vase
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Vintage French Oil Painting by Louise Alix (French, 1888-1980) *see notes below signed to the front
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Mid-20th Century Impressionist Still-life Paintings

Materials

Oil

Original Impressionist School Oil Painting - c. 1940s
Located in London, GB
compliments this charming artwork. Year: c. 1940s Framed size: 36cm x 35cm Signature: Signed at the back
Category

1940s Post-Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil, Board

Colorful Vintage New York City Manhattan Skyline Oil Painting, ca 1940’s.
Located in Baltimore, MD
style and color choice, it likely dates to the 1940’s, possibly a little earlier. For its time period
Category

1940s American Modern Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

Portrait of a Lady Arranging Flowers - British 1940's art oil painting
By Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Located in London, GB
This superb British portrait oil painting is attributed to circle of Festus Kelly. Painted circa
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1940s Realist Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940's French Post Impressionist Oil Painting Village Street Pink Steps Leading
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
painting. Vignon''s works carry tremendous energy and enthusiasm, often painted with very thick impasto oil
Category

Mid-20th Century Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940's French Signed Modernist Oil Painting Nude Figure in Room Interior
By Maurice Delavier
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Nude in Interior by Maurice Delavier (French mid 20th century) signed and dated 1944 oil on board
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940's French Impressionist Signed Oil Painting Winding River Lush Green Fields
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
The Winding River French School, 1947 signed & dated oil on canvas, framed framed: 20 x 24 inches
Category

Mid-20th Century Modern Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

GENEVIEVE ZONDERVAN (1922-2013) 1940's FRENCH OIL PAINTING - ELDERLY LADY SEWING
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
"Sewing" by Geneviève Zondervan (French 1922-2013) oil painting on board, dated 1944 board: 19.5 x
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Late 20th Century Surrealist Figurative Paintings

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Oil

Vintage 1940’s Circus Acrobat Oil on Canvas Painting. Unique modern style.
Located in Baltimore, MD
painting fully appears to date ca. 1940, or just thereafter. The work is oil on canvas and measures 16” x
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1940s Art Deco Figurative Paintings

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Oil

Original 1940's MID CENTURY Horses stylised oil painting listed English Painter
By Frederick Charles Herrick
Located in Cirencester, GB
" SIGNED: verso MEDIUM: oil on SIZE: 73cm x 57cm inc frame CONDITION: very good DETAIL Frederick Charles
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Mid-20th Century English School Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940's French Atmospheric Green Landscape with Church Spire Original Oil
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
back oil painting on board, unframed measures: 7.5 high by 9.5 inches wide condition: overall very
Category

Mid-20th Century Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

Memorial Stone Cross Woodland Clearing 1940's French Post Impressionist Oil
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Vintage French Oil Painting by Louise Alix (French, 1888-1980) *see notes below provenance stamp
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Mid-20th Century Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940's French Impressionist Oil Portrait of Young Blonde Haired Lady
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
the back oil painting on board, unframed measures: 18 high by 15 inches wide condition: overall very
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Mid-20th Century Impressionist Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940's French Oil Painting Sunset View over Old Rooftops Far Reaching Views
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Artist/ School: Leon Hatot (French 1883-1953) Title: Impressionist oil painting Medium: signed
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Early 20th Century Impressionist Landscape Paintings

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Oil

1940's French Modernist Signed Oil Painting Portrait of Nude Lady with Hat
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Portrait of a Nude Lady French Modernist, dated 1940 indistinctly signed oil on canvas, unframed
Category

Mid-20th Century Modern Nude Paintings

Materials

Oil

Couple in a Snowy Mountainous Landscape - British 1940's art skiing oil painting
Located in London, GB
This dramatic snowy mountainous landscape oil painting is by British artist Francis Wynne Thomas
Category

1940s Realist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

Large 1940's French Post-Impressionist Signed Oil - Old Chair with Fruit
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Artist/ School: French School, signed and dated 1940's Title: Post-Impressionist oil depicting
Category

Mid-20th Century Post-Impressionist Interior Paintings

Materials

Oil

Adolph Kronengold (1900-1986) - Alaska Landscape Oil on Board, ca 1940’s
Located in Baltimore, MD
be from his Alaska period. It dates to ca 1940’s and the scene features a northern forest with views
Category

1940s Post-Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940's French Impressionist Oil Elderly Lady Seated by Window in Room
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Vintage French Oil Painting by Louise Alix (French, 1888-1980) *see notes below provenance stamp
Category

Mid-20th Century Impressionist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940s Swedish Signed Oil Painting - Winter Snow River Landscape - Framed
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Artist/ School: Swedish School, signed and dated 1940's Title: Winter Sunshine. Medium: oil
Category

Mid-20th Century Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

1940's French Oil Pretty Village Lane Cottage with Flowers Impressionist scene
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
the back oil painting on board, unframed measures: 7.5 high by 9.5 inches wide condition: overall
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Mid-20th Century Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940's FRENCH SIGNED POST-IMPRESSIONIST/ FAUVIST OIL - BOATS OFF ROCKY COASTLINE
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
coastline. Medium: oil painting on board. Size: painting: 20 x 23 inches, framed: 23 x 26.5 inches
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Mid-20th Century Fauvist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

The Party Frock - British 1940's art female child portrait oil painting exhib RA
By Dod Procter
Located in London, GB
This charming British portrait oil painting is by female artist Dod Procter. It was painted in 1949
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1940s Impressionist Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil

Portrait of Woman in Red Shawl - Nudes verso - British 1940's art oil painting
By Lionel Ellis
Located in London, GB
This lovely British portrait oil painting is by noted artist Lionel Ellis. Painted circa 1940, the
Category

1940s Realist Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940's Large French Post-Impressionist Very Thick Oil Painting Pink Flowers
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
oil on canvas, unframed canvas: 26 x 21.5 inches provenance: private collection, France condition
Category

Mid-20th Century Post-Impressionist Still-life Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

1940's French Impressionist Oil View over South of France Rooftops Sea View
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
oil painting on board, unframed signed initials measures: 6 high by 9 inches wide condition: overall
Category

Mid-20th Century Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940s Modern Reclining Nude Oil Painting on Linen
Located in Soquel, CA
Wonderful reclining nude in modern style, circa 1940. Faint illegible signature lower right edge
Category

1940s Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Linen, Oil

Still Life of Flowers in Jug - Post Impressionist 1940's art floral oil painting
Located in London, GB
and is housed in a ornate complementary frame. A lovely Post Impressionist 1940's floral oil painting
Category

1940s Post-Impressionist Still-life Paintings

Materials

Oil

Large 1940s French Oil Painting Self Portrait of Female Parisian Artist at Easel
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
provenance stamp to the back oil painting on canvas , unframed measures: 35 high by 28.5 inches wide
Category

Mid-20th Century Impressionist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940's Impasto Landscape
Located in Soquel, CA
Gorgeous heavily impasto landscape that captures the high summer charm. Unknown artist, (Edda or Edde) Partial illegible signature/inscribed lower right corner. Condition: Good; pro...
Category

1940s Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil, Linen

Modernist Oil Painting 1940s, Judaica Hasidic Rabbi in Jerusalem
By Emanuel Glicenstein Romano
Located in Surfside, FL
Genre: Portrait Subject: Landscape Medium: Oil Surface: Board Country: United States EMANUEL
Category

1970s American Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil, Board

Paris City Scene, Portrait Oil Painting WPA Era 1940s
By Maurice Kish
Located in Surfside, FL
Genre: Modern Subject: French Paris Scene Medium: Oil Surface: Canvas Country: United States The
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Mid-20th Century Modern Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

Vintage Southwest (California?) Impressionist Painting, Lily S. Converse ca 1940
Located in Baltimore, MD
American art that was favored in the 1930's. A paper label on the reverse suggests that Lily S. Converse
Category

1940s American Modern Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

Landscape - Oil Painting by Robert Albert Genicot - 1940s
By Robert Albert Genicot
Located in Roma, IT
. Oil on cardboard. The painting is in very good conditions, signed by the artist on the lower margin
Category

1940s Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Oil

Bertus de Meij Original Oil Painting "Dutch Harbor" c.1940s
Located in San Francisco, CA
, this impressionist oil painting appears to be from the 1940's, possibly earlier. Original oil on
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Early 20th Century Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Large Modernist Oil Painting 1940s, Judaica Hasidic Shtetl Wagon Driver WPA Era
By Emanuel Glicenstein Romano
Located in Surfside, FL
Genre: Modern Subject: Landscape with figure of horse, driver and wagon Medium: Oil Surface: wood
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1930s American Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil, Board

Vintage Surreal Oil Painting on Canvas c.1940s to 1950s.
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage Surreal Oil Painting on Canvas c.1940s to 1950s. Classic Surrealism brought to life on
Category

Mid-20th Century Surrealist Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Natura Morta (Still Life) - 1940s - Toti Scialoja - Oil Painting - Contemporary
By Toti Scialoja
Located in Roma, IT
and had his first personal exhibition in Genoa in 1940. The 1950's saw a definite turning point in
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1940s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil

1940's French Impressionist Portrait of Young Lady Self Portrait Signed Oil
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Portrait of a Young Woman by Marguerite Lacroux (French/ Swiss 1898-1972) dated 1948 signed oil on
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Mid-20th Century Impressionist Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil

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1940s Oil Paintings For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of 1940s oil paintings available on 1stDibs. Browse a selection of Impressionist, Modern or Expressionist versions of these works for sale today — there are 471 Impressionist, 414 Modern, 144 Post-Impressionist, 137 Abstract and 59 Expressionist examples available. These items have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. You can search the 1940s oil paintings that we have for sale on 1stDibs by color — popular works were created in bold and neutral palettes with elements of brown, gray, black and blue. These artworks have been a part of the life’s work for many artists, but the versions made by Nahum Tschacbasov, Marguerite Blasingame, Ron Blumberg, Claude Benard and Gershon Benjamin are consistently popular. Each of these unique pieces was handmade with extraordinary care, with artists most often working in paint, oil paint and fabric. If space is limited, there are small 1940s oil paintings measuring 0.1 across, while our inventory also includes pieces up to 1950 inches across to better suit those in the market for large iterations.

How Much are 1940s Oil Paintings?

The average selling price for 1940s oil paintings we offer is $2,542, while they’re typically $195 on the low end and $4,290,000 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Paintings for You

Painting is an art form that has spanned innumerable cultures, with artists using the medium to tell stories, explore and communicate ideas and express themselves. To bring abstract, landscape and still-life paintings into your home is to celebrate and share in the long tradition of this discipline.

When we look at paintings, particularly those that originated in the past, we learn about history, other cultures and countries of the world. Like every other work of art, paintings — whether they are contemporary creations or works that were made during the 19th century — can often help us clearly see and understand the world around us in a meaningful and interesting way.

Cave walls were the canvases for what were arguably the world’s first landscape paintings, which depict natural scenery through art. Portrait paintings and drawings, which, along with sculpture, were how someone’s appearance was recorded prior to the advent of photography, are at least as old as Ancient Egypt. In the Netherlands, landscapes were a major theme for painters as early as the 1500s. Later, artists in Greece, Rome and elsewhere created vast wall paintings to decorate stately homes, churches and tombs. Today, creating a wall of art is a wonderful way to enhance your space, showcase beautiful pieces and tie an interior design together.

No matter your preference, whether you favor Post-Impressionist paintings, animal paintings, Surrealism, Pop art or another movement or specific period, arranging art on a blank wall allows you to evoke emotions in a room while also showing off your tastes and interests. A symmetrical wall arrangement may comprise a grid of four to six pieces or, for an odd number of works, a horizontal row. Asymmetrical arrangements, which may be small clusters of art or large, salon-style gallery walls, have a more collected and eclectic feel. Download the 1stDibs app, which includes a handy “View on Wall” feature that allows you to see how a particular artwork will look on a particular wall, and read about how to arrange wall art. And if you’re searching for the perfect palette for your interior design project, what better place to turn than to the art world’s masters of color?

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Questions About 1940s Oil Paintings
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    To identify an oil painting, look closely at its surface. Compared to other paintings, pieces produced in oils usually show off a variety of textures across the canvas, and the paint will appear layered on. If you're looking to determine the name, age or creator of a work, try snapping a photo with your smartphone’s camera and conducting a reverse image search online. Shop a diverse assortment of oil paintings on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 27, 2024
    Oil paint was invented during the 7th century A.D. The earliest examples of oil paintings have been traced to Afghanistan and depict scenes related to the Buddhist religion. Records dating back to the 12th century indicate that early Christian monks in Europe used oil paints to decorate furniture, and a century later, some artists began finishing tempera paintings with touches of oil paint. It wasn't until the 15th century that oil paints became a common medium for European painters, when Flemish artists like Jan van Eyck began favoring them over tempera. Explore a variety of oil paintings on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 3, 2024
    Jan van Eyck is widely considered by art historians to be the father of oil painting. While the usage of oil paints dates back to 7th-century China, the Flemish painter popularized the material, using oils to produce highly detailed works such as The Arnolfini Portrait. The Northern Renaissance master also influenced many other artists, such as Hugo van der Goes and Gerard David. Shop an assortment of fine art on 1stDibs.
  • Lilac Gallery Ltd.March 17, 2021
    An abstract oil painting and an artwork that is made with oil paint on a medium like canvas, wood board, or other panels like canvas board. And the 'abstract' term refers to the Movement & Style of the piece. As abstraction indicates a departure from reality in the depiction of imagery in art, the artist creates a painting where the subject, shape, form, color, and line, is created with no particular references of the world but as a composition that may exist with a degree of independence from its vision.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2024
    To maintain oil paintings that you purchased for your home, experts suggest that you keep them out of direct sunlight. Prolonged exposure to the sunlight coming in from a window can fade the colors in your painting. Do not hang your oil painting near a heat source or where it can get wet (bathrooms and kitchens are not safe for your oil painting).

    You may wish to dust your oil painting so that layers of dust don’t begin to gather on its surface. This should only be considered to remove loose dust. Never spray any chemical substance on your oil painting. Do not use a damp cloth to dust your oil painting. (Again, your painting should not be exposed to moisture.)

    To remove loose dust, use a soft brush that measures approximately one to two inches wide with natural-hair bristles. Do not use a dust cloth or a feather duster, as those items may catch or leave threads or feathers behind. Do not apply pressure or dust your painting for an extended period of time.

    If you think that your oil painting is considerably dirty or believe that other issues may be at work, experts strongly suggest that you consult with a professional conservator.

    Read about how to arrange your wall art and find oil paintings for sale on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Dali did indeed use oil paint. Although he used oil paints in the traditional method, he would at times add natural resin or linseed oil to play with fluidity and texture. You can shop a selection of Salvador Dali’s pieces from some of the world’s top art dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    You can use oil paint on wood as long as you prep the wood first. The first thing you should do is seal the wood with a primer. Ideally, paint two coats of sealer onto the wood so that the paint doesn't cause the wood to rot over time.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The largest oil painting in the world is in the main hall of the Doge's Palace located in Venice, Italy. Its name is Il Paradiso. Tintoretto painted it around 1592, and it measures 22 meters by 7 meters. Shop a large collection of oil paintings on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    Varnishing an oil is not necessary, but it is recommended because it protects the painting and corrects surface irregularities.

  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To find the artist of an oil painting, look on the back of the canvas. Sometimes, you will find the artist’s name and the year of production on the back. If the canvas is in a frame, gently peel away the paper covering the back to access the canvas. In the event you cannot find any identifying information, seek the help of a licensed art appraiser. Shop a selection of oil paintings on 1stDibs.
  • La ChrysomeleFebruary 24, 2021
    Any artwork is worth and only worth the price someone is willing to pay for it (unfortunately, whether one can afford it or not is another story). Different people may have different reasons to attribute value to an artwork, from the purest (falling in love with it) to what is often considered as the most vile (speculation), going through remembrance, pride of ownership, or brag, among other reasons. For most living artists, the price of the artworks is usually set by the artist and/or the gallery which represent him or her, by type and size of artwork, and corresponds to an equilibrium price between the rate at which artworks are sold and the rate at which new artworks are produced by the artist. For artworks from dead artists sold by professional dealers, the price is often based on auctions results for similar pieces of the same artists. Oil paintings are usually pricier than other techniques because it is considered more difficult to master, but also because oil paintings are known for their ability to last centuries.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To tell if your oil painting is authentic, first check the signature of the artist to start your research. Use a magnifying glass to check the texture of the painting, and finally check the back for the painting’s original stretchers. Shop a selection of expertly vetted artwork from some of the world’s top art dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    Because the value of an oil painting can vary greatly based on the artist, the subject and the condition of the piece, it's generally best to work with a certified appraiser. A knowledgeable professional can evaluate the piece and estimate its value. Shop a variety of authentic oil paintings from some of the world’s top galleries on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The best place to find oil paintings and discover new artists is at local art galleries. There are also many online art dealers who provide information about artists and sell their works. On 1stDibs, you’ll discover a variety of art styles from master oil painters.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2024
    Yes, sunlight affects oil paintings. Keep your oil paintings away from direct sunlight.

    To maintain oil paintings that you purchased for your home, experts suggest that you keep them out of sunlight. Prolonged exposure to the sunlight coming in from a window can fade the colors in your painting. Do not hang your oil painting near a heat source or where it can get wet (bathrooms and kitchens are not safe for your oil painting).

    You may wish to dust your oil painting so that layers of dust don’t begin to gather on its surface. This should only be considered to remove loose dust. Never spray any chemical substance on your oil painting. Do not use a damp cloth to dust your oil painting. (Again, your painting should not be exposed to moisture.)

    To remove loose dust, use a soft brush that measures approximately one to two inches wide with natural-hair bristles. Do not use a dust cloth or a feather duster, as those items may catch or leave threads or feathers behind. Do not apply pressure or dust your painting for an extended period of time.

    If you think that your oil painting is considerably dirty or believe that other issues may be at work, experts strongly suggest that you consult with a professional conservator.

    Read about how to arrange your wall art and find oil paintings for sale on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    On 1stdibs, oil paintings cost between $60 and $6,200,000.

  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2024
    Yes, oil paintings darken over time. As oil paint is made of pigment particles, the range of substances that are used as pigment in oil paint can render certain colors susceptible to aging. Slowing the aging process for an oil painting involves storing your painting properly and keeping the work out of exposed sunlight. Temperature control and humidity are also important in preserving the life of an oil painting and slowing the aging process.

    To maintain oil paintings that you purchased for your home, experts suggest that you keep them out of direct sunlight. Prolonged exposure to the sunlight coming in from a window can fade the colors in your painting. Do not hang your oil painting near a heat source or where it can get wet (bathrooms and kitchens are not safe for your oil painting).

    You may wish to dust your oil painting so that layers of dust don’t begin to gather on its surface. This should only be considered to remove loose dust. Never spray any chemical substance on your oil painting. Do not use a damp cloth to dust your oil painting. (Again, your painting should not be exposed to moisture.)

    To remove loose dust, use a soft brush that measures approximately one to two inches wide with natural-hair bristles. Do not use a dust cloth or a feather duster, as those items may catch or leave threads or feathers behind. Do not apply pressure or dust your painting for an extended period of time.

    If you think that your oil painting is considerably dirty or believe that other issues may be at work, experts strongly suggest that you consult with a professional conservator.

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  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 3, 2024
    A few things make an oil painting valuable. Age has a major impact on price, with pieces made over a century ago tending to fetch the highest prices. Who created the painting also matters. The more famous the artist, the higher the selling price for a painting is likely to be. Finally, the condition of the work and whether it is in its original frame will also impact how much it is worth. Find a diverse assortment of oil paintings on 1stDibs.
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    Oils typically command higher prices than acrylic paintings, because they generally require more skill.

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    Yes, Cy Twombly did use oil paint, although his method was quite unique. He would run his fingers in the paint to create channels, and would then use oil paint in ‘globs’. House paint overtop would then merge the paints into a completed piece. Shop a selection of Cy Twombly’s pieces from some of the world’s top art dealers on 1stDibs.

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