New generations of art enthusiasts are discovering and appreciating the work of the old masters, and seeking out their famous works of art in droves. Only instead of purchasing boring one-dimensional framed prints, and since they can’t even come close to being able to afford the original artwork, they’re turning to a new genre of the art world: hand painted reproductions of famous paintings on canvas.
One Man’s Forgery
What once would have been considered a “forgery” or “counterfeit” painting is now relabeled as a “reproduction,” of basically the same famous picture on canvas, only not represented as being the original. Still, it’s a hand-recreated oil painting, painted on a genuine canvas base that looks uncannily like the genuine article. For any home or office, it’s an attractive work of art that will add a handsome enhancement to any décor.
From Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” to Paul Cezanne‘s “Still Life with Apples Red,” you can own any of thousands of famous works of art, meticulously hand painted in the very same style and brush stroke, as if the artist were guided by the spirit of the master. A wonderful side effect of this new trend is that many would-be art aficionados are becoming acquainted with the full range of paintings done by famous artists, many of which have always taken a back seat to their famous cousins.
Explore the Full Range of a Famous Master
For instance, you can purchase reproductions of over 100 different paintings by Paul Cezanne, many of which are lesser known but equally or even more breathtaking. If you browse through his many works online, you will no doubt be amazed at the range of his genius. This new trend in art appreciation is leading art lovers to explore different sides and avenues of their favorite artists, to really appreciate the breadth and depth of their skills and interests.
Like bringing classic music into the classroom, the art of reproducing the famous picture on canvas is bringing classic works of art into the living rooms of the American public, and giving the old masters new life in the 21st century. To a culture jaded by commercialism, digital art and mass-produced prints and posters, the classical, timeless beauty of the old masters carefully reproduced by hand is a breath of fresh air.
Discover New Favorites
One has only to browse through the extensive collections of paintings available to be reproduced as an oil based picture on canvas to be reminded of the splendid beauty that has been lost over the years, due to disinterest and forgetfulness. Names like Degas, Gauguin, Monet, Renoir, Rubens and Matisse pop to the forefront, while lesser known names like Klimt, Malevich and Cassatt hover in the background, equally exciting yet waiting to be discovered by the 21st century art lover.
In addition to being tremendously valuable and moving works of art, many of these paintings are also portraits of another time in the history of mankind, giving us a glimpse into different lives and lifestyles from different eras of the human race. They let us see not only the humanity but the human condition that existed at that precise moment in time, to give us an idea of how people lived and what they cared about. They are virtual history books painted on canvas for us to explore and review.
If for no other reason, this new trend of putting a classic old picture on canvas is creating a much more educated, thoughtful generation of art aficionados. It’s exciting to see the timeless beauty of these works of art being rediscovered anew!
Featured Image: Painting by Paul Cézanne – View of Château Noir
Article by Anja Koester
Anja Koester is a writer for PaintYourLife.com where you can put your pictures on canvas or find classic art reproductions for decorating your home.