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ELIZABETH TAYLOR - CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
By Steve Kaufman
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed by the artist on verso. Hand Painted Unique Silkscreen on Canvas. Artwork is in excellent condition. Canvas is not stretched. Certificate of authenticity included. All ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Glow 2 by Erin Cone, oil on canvas, modern realism, contemporary portrait
By Erin Cone
Located in Dallas, TX
Known for her bold visionary take on figurative realism, Erin Cone has twice been recognized in the national art press as one of the top young emerging artists in the country. After ...
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2010s Realist Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

[Bruce Sargeant (1898-1938)] Two Men on Ropes
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Oil on canvas Signed in black, l.l. This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Price includes framing. “Bruce Sargeant is a mythic figure in the modern art move...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Star Walker by Michele Mikesell, Oil on canvas, Pop pirate portrait, 48 inches
By Michele Mikesell
Located in Dallas, TX
Star Walker is a stunning pop figurative portrait of a handsome pirate wearing a star-studded bandana. Using oil on canvas, the figure is Mikesell's loose narrative of a Johnny Depp ...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

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Cotton Canvas, Oil

Portrait of a Man Entitled "Diebenkorn", Graphite on Paper
By John Nicolini
Located in San Francisco, CA
Entitled "Diebenkorn" this 1956 portrait of a man is by Bay Area artist John Nicolini (1923-2014). Nicolini was born in 1923 in San Francisco and attended Fremont High School in Oak...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Canvas, Oil

Madonna and Child; Venetia Epler (American 1926 - 2005); oil on canvas;
By Venetia Epler
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Venetia Epler works with her sister, Daphne Huntington. Together, the sisters studied painting at Slades, and stained glass at the London School of Arts and Crafts, both in London, E...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Madonna and Child II; Venetia Epler (American 1926 - 2005); oil on canvas;
By Venetia Epler
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Venetia Epler works with her sister, Daphne Huntington. Together, the sisters studied painting at Slades, and stained glass at the London School of Arts and Crafts, both in London, E...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Madonna and Child III; Venetia Epler (American 1926 - 2005); oil on canvas;
By Venetia Epler
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Venetia Epler works with her sister, Daphne Huntington. Together, the sisters studied painting at Slades, and stained glass at the London School of Arts and Crafts, both in London, E...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Madonna and Child IV; Venetia Epler (American 1926 - 2005); oil on canvas-board;
By Venetia Epler
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Venetia Epler works with her sister, Daphne Huntington. Together, the sisters studied painting at Slades, and stained glass at the London School of Arts and Crafts, both in London, E...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Board

"Seated Girl", Oil on Canvas, Portrait
By Marvin Cherney
Located in Detroit, MI
"Seated Girl" is an oil on canvas portrait of an artist who was cut down in his prime and largely forgotten until recently. Marvin Cherney's paintings are solemn but unsophisticated ...
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1950s Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Pair of Antique Paintings, Oil on Canvas, Portraits. Around 1850.
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of antique paintings, oil on canvas, portraits. Around 1850. Portrait of a well-known artist and his wife. Dimensions are per painting and without frame. Frames are damaged.
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19th Century Victorian Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

'Old Woman Living Near Sea' Oil on Canvas Portrait White Grey Green
By Vu Nhu Hai
Located in Purchase, NY
Vu Nhu Hai's oil on canvas portraits have a photo realistic quality to them. His portraits are highly detailed and capture the spirit of the person within his canvas.
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Early 2000s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Oil on Canvas Portrait -- In Barcelona
By Gary Masline
Located in Troy, NY
A dark-hued classic portrait in oil, reflecting beauty, intelligence, and character, in an atmospheric background. The visage has been surrounded by an ethereal yellow glow and the e...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Oil on Canvas Portrait -- Mr. Nixon
By Barbara Masterson
Located in Troy, NY
This is an oil on canvas portrait of a migrant worker in the Hudson Valley He is depicted with a torn blueish sweatshirt, a blue/purple hat, and a red bandana. This worker most likel...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Autoritratto Selfportrait Oil on Canvas Portrait Rome Contemporary In Stock
By Giovanni Tommasi Ferroni
Located in Utrecht, NL
Autoritratto Selfportrait Oil on Canvas Portrait Rome Contemporary In Stock Giovanni Tommasi Ferroni (1967, Rome) descended from an artistic Tuscan family. His grandfather, father, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil

Oil on Canvas Portrait -- Boy in a Brown Overcoat
By Tina Lincer
Located in Troy, NY
This oil on canvas portrait shows a boy wearing a brown colored overcoat and hat. The landscape that stretches behind the figure primarily features blue and yellow in a tranquil scen...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Ringo Starr" oil on canvas Portrait by Shana Wilson
By Shana Wilson
Located in Carmel, CA
Shana’s portraits adorned two covers of Time Magazine. Shana’s work is about the face and eyes. Young face, old face, black or white. Her subjects are confused, lonely, ragged and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Board

Golden Age - contemporary oil on canvas portrait of Marilyn Monroe
Located in Hamburg, DE
"Golden Age" is a unique oil on canvas work by Milan Markovich from 2017. It portrays the face of Marilyn Monroe in the artist's special technique and aesthetic, scratched-of, freque...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Cotton Canvas, Oil

Antique oil Painting by "Jordan". Oil on Canvas. Portrait of an old Gentleman.
Located in Berlin, DE
Antique oil painting by "Jordan". Oil on canvas. Portrait of an old gentleman. Dimensions with frame 55 cm x 61 cm. Dimensions without frame 34 cm x 40 cm. Signed and dated lower r...
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19th Century Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Italian Rococo Oil on Canvas Portrait Painting Young Ladies in Garden Landscape
By Violante Beatrice Siries Cerroti
Located in Firenze, IT
This delightful Italian 18th century oil on canvas painting portrait is a wonderful Florentine old master piece attributed to a female painter: Violante Beatrice Siries Cerroti. De...
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Mid-18th Century Rococo Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Brazilian Girl," Oil on Canvas Portrait signed by Antonio Diaz Cortes
By Antonio Díaz Cortés
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Brazilian Girl" is an oil painting on canvas in blue and orange. It depicts a woman with a faceted face. The artist, Antonio Diaz Cortes, signed the painting in the lower right. 196...
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1960s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Mme de Noirmont", Oil on Canvas Portrait, circa 18th Century
By (circle of) Nicolas de Largillierre
Located in Detroit, MI
This painting titled "Mme de Noirmont" is an oil on canvas work from the studio of Nicolas de Largilliere, one of the most prolific and esteemed French portrait painters of the 18th ...
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18th Century Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Adhesive, Oil

La gioconda - contemporary art work of Mona Lisa oil on canvas portrait
Located in Hamburg, DE
"La Gioconda" is a unique oil on canvas work by Milan Markovich from 2018. It portrays the Mona Lisa in the artist's special technique and aesthetic, scratched-of, frequently dynamic...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Cotton Canvas, Oil

Jeune Miracle (Miracle)- modern oil on canvas portrait of young girl butterflies
Located in Hamburg, DE
"Jeune Miracle" (Young Miracle) is a unique oil on canvas work by Milan Markovich from 2017. It portrays the face of a young girl with butterflies in her hair in the artist's special...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Cotton Canvas, Oil

Orange Sun - contemporary oil on canvas portrait of artist Vincent Van Gogh
Located in Hamburg, DE
"Orange Sun" is a unique oil on canvas work by Milan Markovich from 2017. It portrays the face of Vinvent Van Gogh in the artist's special technique and aesthetic, scratched-of, freq...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Cotton Canvas, Oil

In Front of the Mirror, Original Oil on Canvas portrait Post-Impressionist 20thC
By Fernand Toussaint
Located in Nutfield, Surrey
Known as a painter of landscapes, still-lifes and female genre subjects, Fernand Toussaint is now regarded as one of the premier Belgian painters of the twentieth century. Born in Br...
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20th Century Post-Impressionist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Original Oil on Canvas Portrait Man Face Old Admiral Painting Framed 32"x27"
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
"Old Admiral" 32" x 29" is an original, one-of-a-kind, portrait of a man, old Admiral, an oil painting by a master Russian Impressionist, Andrey Kartashov. It is framed with a hand-...
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2010s Realist Portrait Paintings

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Oil

Late 17th Century Oil on Canvas Portrait of a Lady by Charles Beale (1660-1714)
Located in London, GB
Portrait of a Lady circa 1690 Oil on canvas; held in a period carved and gilded frame Charles Beale Junior was the third son of the painter Mary Beale. Apprenticed at the age of ...
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Late 17th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"A Quiet Moment," Oil on Canvas Portrait by Pamela Papas
By Pamela Papas
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"A Quiet Moment" is an original oil painting on canvas by Pamela Papas. It depicts a woman in a white robe lounging on a couch in front of a window. 22" x 31" art 25 1/2" x 34 5/8"...
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Early 2000s Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

'Out for a Ride', Figurative Oil on Canvas Portrait Painting
By Nguyen Van Cuong
Located in Purchase, NY
“Out for a Ride” is a tall framed contemporary oil on canvas painting created by Vietnamese artist Nguyen Van Cuong in 2016. Featuring a soft palette made of purple, pink and grey, t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Oil on Canvas Portrait Painting -- Goddess of the Harvest
By Gary Masline
Located in Troy, NY
In this oil painting, a dark-haired woman in a dress of cadmium red and alizarin crimson stands in a barn doorway. In the background, ochre and olive green fields with red notes. A r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Candy Eyes issue #8 - Contemporary, Female, Figurative, Oil on Canvas, Portrait
By Mihai Florea
Located in Berlin, DE
Candy Eyes issue #8, 2010 Oil on canvas (Signed front upper left corner) 13 4/5 H × 10 1/5 W in 35 H × 26 W cm Through his works, Mihai Florea equally satirizes, the one who produce...
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2010s Photorealist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Abstract Woman," Oil on Canvas Portrait signed by Matthew Schaefer
By Matthew Schaefer
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Abstract Woman" is an original oil painting by Matthew Schaefer. It depicts a woman in bright shapes and lines instead of solid form and naturalism. 72" x 52" art Matthew Schaefe...
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1990s Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Progress Regress," Oil on Canvas Portrait signed by Renee McGinnis
By Renee McGinnis
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Progress Regress" is an original oil painting on canvas by Renee McGinnis. The artist signed the piece in the lower right. This piece depicts a boy scrunching up his face, revealing...
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1990s Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"A Girl with Her Cat, 1947," EM Watts, oil on canvas, portrait
Located in Wiscasset, ME
"A Girl with Her Cat" was painted by EM Watts in 1947. The portrait is oil on canvas The painting measures 26 3/4" x 22 3/4" with its frame.
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1940s Impressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Inside My Soul," Oil on Canvas Portrait signed by Karin Krohne Kaufman
By Karin Krohne Kaufman
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Inside My Soul" is an original oil painting on canvas by Karin Krohne Kaufman. The artist signed and dated the piece lower right. This piece features a woman in Asian-inspired dress...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"The Concert," Oil on Canvas Portrait of Monks Playing Instruments by Cederstrom
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"The Concert" is an original oil painting on canvas by Thure Cederstrom. It features four men playing music together in a monastery. Image: 15" x 20.62" Framed: 22" x 27.5" Thure N...
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19th Century Realist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Large Art Deco oil on canvas portrait, Mother and Child in a Dreamscape.
By Helene Perdriat
Located in Cotignac, FR
Imposing large scale French Art Deco oil on canvas group portrait of a mother and child in a fantasy landscape by the renowned French artist Helene Perdriat. In original Art Deco sil...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Mid 20th Century Expressionist Nude with Blue, Oil on Canvas Portrait
By Martin Snipper
Located in San Francisco, CA
This mid 20th century oil on stretched burlap portrait of a female nude is by San Francisco North Beach artist Martin Snipper (1914-2008). Snipper studied at the National Academy of ...
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Mid-20th Century Expressionist Nude Paintings

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Burlap, Oil

Paint Oil on canvas Portrait Venetian Tintoretto 16th Century Old master Italy
By Leandro da Ponte known as Leandro Bassano (Bassano, 1557 - Venice, 1622), attributed to
Located in Riva del Garda, IT
Leandro da Ponte known as Leandro Bassano (Bassano, 1557 - Venice, 1622), attributed to Portrait of a Venetian gentleman dressed in black with a white collar Late 16th century Oil o...
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16th Century Old Masters Paintings

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Oil

20th century English, fun oil on canvas portrait of a running or jumping Hare
Located in Southport, CT
A well-painted and fun picture of a feeding pig. Oils on canvas The artist painted animal subjects like this with a great deal of skill, giving his animals life and character. He ...
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2010s Impressionist Animal Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

COMMODO - Italian School - Italia - Figurative - Oil on canvas painting
By Maximilian Ciccone
Located in Napoli, IT
Commodo - Maximilian Ciccone - Italia - Oil on canvas, portrait of Roman Emperor Commodo.Mis. cm. 210x120- Gold leaf gilded wooden frame .External measure cm. 260x170
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Early 2000s Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Modernist Portrait of a Man, Oil on Canvas, 1940s
By Martin Snipper
Located in San Francisco, CA
This circa early 1940s oil on canvas portrait of a man with crossed arms is by San Francisco North Beach artist Martin Snipper (1914-2008). Snipper studied at the National Academy o...
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1940s Expressionist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Portrait Of A Man Oil On Canvas 18th Century
Located in Milan, IT
Oil on canvas. Portrait of a gentleman at his writing desk; the award the man received stands out in the middle. It's a member of the Negri family, historical rich family from the Ab...
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18th Century Other Art Style Portrait Paintings

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Oil

  • Portrait Of A Man Oil On Canvas 18th Century
  • Portrait Of A Man Oil On Canvas 18th Century
  • Portrait Of A Man Oil On Canvas 18th Century
  • Portrait Of A Man Oil On Canvas 18th Century
H 46.86 in. W 38.19 in. D 2.76 in.
Antique Late 19th Century English Oil on Canvas Painting Female Portrait 1900
Located in Portland, OR
Antique English oil on canvas portrait painting, circa 1900. A very handsome Impressionist portrait of a youthful lady in Edwardian dress. Oil on canvas, signed to the upper left "F ...
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Early 1900s English School Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Portrait of Artist Ethel Weiner Guttman, Oil on Canvas, Mid 20th Century
By Martin Snipper
Located in San Francisco, CA
This mid 20th century oil on canvas portrait of artist Ethel Weiner is by San Francisco North Beach artist Martin Snipper (1914-2008). Snipper studied at the National Academy of Art...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Portrait of Koiriala, a Young Senegalese Girl, Oil on Canvas Signed Blanquer
Located in Paris, FR
Beautiful portrait, Oil on Canvas, portrait of Koiriala, a young girl from Senegal signed Blanquer lower right. Signed lower right and dedicated at the back " Koralia" Circa 1900 B...
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Early 1900s Academic Portrait Paintings

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Canvas

"Woman Reading", An He, Impressionistic Portrait, Original Oil on Canvas, 40x30
By An He
Located in Dallas, TX
"Woman Reading" by An He is an original impressionistic oil on canvas portrait painting measuring 40x30 in. A modern day brunette woman sitting in a red chair reads a book in the lig...
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Early 2000s Impressionist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Portrait Of Pope Pius VII Oil On Canvas Early '800
Located in Milan, IT
Oil on canvas. Portrait of Pope Pius VII, elected to the papal throne in 1800. The portrait is less conventional than the rest of the official portraits of pontiffs, usually pictured...
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19th Century Other Art Style Portrait Paintings

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Oil

"Serenity", An He, Realistic Portrait, Original Oil on Canvas, 40x30 in.
By An He
Located in Dallas, TX
"Serenity" by An He is a realistic original oil on canvas portrait painting measuring 40x30 in. A mysterious woman in a white dress takes a seat on a white bench in the park surround...
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2010s Realist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Young Woman with Straw Hat, French Female Portrait, Oil on Canvas, Signed, Frame
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Young Woman in Straw Hat" by Adolphe Piot is a 22" x 18" oil on canvas portrait painting. It is signed "A. Piot" in the lower right and it is in its original frame. Provenance: Pri...
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Late 19th Century Romantic Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Wild Bill 1873, 53x 40", oil on canvas
By Ceravolo
Located in Southampton, NY
Wild Bill Hickok 1873 by Ceravolo is an oil on canvas featuring Ceravolo's trademark illusion brush strokes painted over his oil on canvas painting. The oil painting measures 53x40" ...
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1990s Realist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Mystique" 49x67" Oil on Canvas
By Ceravolo
Located in Southampton, NY
This exquisite painting titled "Mystique"' is a large oil on canvas by Ceravolo that measures 49x67", it is painted in his trademarked portrait / illusion style, featuring abstract a...
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Early 2000s Realist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

  • "Mystique"  49x67"  Oil on Canvas
  • "Mystique"  49x67"  Oil on Canvas
  • "Mystique"  49x67"  Oil on Canvas
  • "Mystique"  49x67"  Oil on Canvas
H 49 in. W 67 in. D 2.5 in.
Young Man, Portrait in Color, Oil on Canvas, African American Art
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Young Man" is an oil on canvas portrait painting by Philadelphia born Expressionist painter Bernard Harmon. The painting is 26" x 36" in size, signed on the lower right. Bernard Ha...
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1950s Expressionist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Wild Bill Hickok" Old West western Santa Fe style oil on canvas 53x80"
By Ceravolo
Located in Southampton, NY
"Wild Bill Hickok" by Ceravolo is an oil on canvas painting featuring Ceravolo's trademark illusion brush strokes painted over his oil on canvas painting. The oil painting measures ...
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Early 2000s Realist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Acrylic

Male Figure with Jug, Attributed to Monsù Bernardo Oil on Canvas Northern Europe
Located in Milan, IT
Oil on canvas. Portrait of a man who is pouring a glass of wine from a jug; he is wearing a fleece waist coat that reveals his pastoral origins already declared by his dirty hands. ...
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17th Century Other Art Style Portrait Paintings

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Oil

The Bather, Classic 1982 oil on canvas, 50x50"
By Ceravolo
Located in Southampton, NY
New York art Critic Malcolm Preston wrote of Ceravolo's painting "The Bather" after viewing it in a solo exhibition. "Painted in a soft-focus manner, featuring a low intensity, gray,...
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1980s Realist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Acrylic

Portrait Oil on Canvas -- Clara
By Alexandra Higgins
Located in Troy, NY
This portrait in oil on canvas presents an early version of a nurse. Given the title, it's most likely an homage to Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross. Two red crosses adorn...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Oil on Canvas Expressive Portrait
Located in Cape Town, ZA
This is a unique, gesturally abstracted oil painting on stretched canvas by South African artist Johan van Vuuren. His portraits are expressive and evocative, with beautiful colour c...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Oil on Canvas Expressive Blue Portrait
Located in Cape Town, ZA
This is a unique, gesturally abstracted oil painting on stretched canvas by South African artist Johan van Vuuren. His portraits are expressive and evocative, with beautiful colour c...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

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Oil On Canvas Portrait For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact oil on canvas portrait you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. You can easily find an example made in the Old Masters style, while we also have 84 Old Masters versions to choose from as well. If you’re looking for an oil on canvas portrait from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 18th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. If you’re looking to add an oil on canvas portrait to create new energy in an otherwise neutral space in your home, you can find a work on 1stDibs that features elements of brown, black, gray, blue and more. Finding an appealing oil on canvas portrait — no matter the origin — is easy, but Montse Valdés, Masri Hayssam, David Padworny, Ciro De Rosa and Michele Mikesell each produced popular versions that are worth a look. Artworks like these — often created in paint, oil paint and fabric — can elevate any room of your home. A large oil on canvas portrait can be an attractive addition to some spaces, while smaller examples are available — approximately spanning 1.19 high and 1 wide — and may be better suited to a more modest living area.

How Much is a Oil On Canvas Portrait?

The price for an oil on canvas portrait in our collection starts at $150 and tops out at $170,000 with the average selling for $4,701.

Finding the Right Portrait Paintings for You

An elegant and sophisticated decorative touch in any living space, portrait paintings have remained popular throughout the years and are widely loved pieces of art for display in many homes today.

Portrait paintings are at least as old as ancient Egypt, where realistic, lifelike depictions of the recently deceased — commonly known as “mummy portraits” — were painted on wooden panels and affixed to mummies as part of the burial tradition.

For centuries, painters have used portraiture as a means of expressing a subject’s nobility, societal status and authority. Portraits were given as gifts in Renaissance Europe, and a portrait artist might have been commissioned to help mark a significant occasion such as a wedding or a promotion to high office. Prior to the advent of photography, which eventually replaced painted portraits as a quicker and more efficient way of capturing a person’s essence, the subject of a portrait had to sit for hours until the painter had finished. And during the 18th century in particular, if an artist commissioned for a portrait struggled with how to adequately memorialize and capture a subject’s likeness, sometimes a portrait painting wasn’t completed for up to a year.

Whether it’s part of the gallery-style approach to your living-room or dining-room walls or merely inspiration as you devise an eye-grabbing color scheme in your home, a portrait painting is a timeless decorative object for any interior. A landscape painting or sculpture might give you the kind of insight into a specific region of the world or a different culture that you can ascertain only through art. Similarly, when you take the time to learn about the subject of a portrait painting that you bring into your home — the sitter’s history, the relationship between the sitter and the artist should one exist, the story of how the portrait came to be — that work can become intensely personal in addition to its place as an object for an art-hungry corner of your apartment or house.

On 1stDibs, visit a vast collection of famous portrait paintings or works by emerging artists. Search by medium to find the right portrait paintings for your home in oil paint, synthetic resin paint and more. Find portrait paintings in a variety of styles, too, including contemporary, Impressionist and Pop art, or search by artist to find unique works created by painters such as Mark Beard, Steve Kaufman and Montse Valdés.

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