Antique Paintings For Sale – Some History Of Antique Paintings For Sale

Antique Paintings For Sale

Antique Paintings For Sale

We see antique paintings for sale in many places. Of all the various art forms, painting is the one that gives us the greatest insight into life in the past. We see how people dressed, we see what kind of hairstyles people wore, and we get a glimpse into everyday life at the time when the artist lived. History books can provide us with all the facts, but only pictures and paintings actually let us see what life was like back then.


People become fascinated with the lives of the famous painters and strive to learn as much about them as possible, and where did all these antique paintings for sale come from. In many cases, not very much is known about the artists themselves, because many great artists were not appreciated while they lived. Many great painters lived lives of obscurity. Their rise to real fame often did not occur until long after their death.

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch painter who lived from 1853 to 1890. He is very famous today, well known as having a great influence on twentieth century art, but during his lifetime he was little known and little appreciated. It wasn’t until after his death that his fame grew. Today, he is considered to be one of the greatest painters in history. We will hardly ever see any of his works listed under antique paintings for sale, as they are all far too expensive for most of us, and are nearly all locked away in museums and very private collections.

Very little would be known about his life except for his numerous letters to his brother Theo van Gogh and some other friends. He wrote hundreds of letters throughout his life, and historians have gathered all the surviving letters. From these, art historians have been able to learn much about his life, and his problems. More than six hundred of these letters survive today. The only time period that is unknown is between 1886 and 1888 when he lived in Paris with his brother Theo. There was no need for them to communicate by letter because they shared the same apartment. .

One of his paintings “Self-portrait without beard” was sold for $71.5 million in New York in 1998. Another of his works “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” reached $82.5 million in 1990. Within antique paintings for sale, he is the creator of some of the most expensive paintings of all time.

He suffered from an anxiety mental condition throughout his life. During these bouts he was unable or unwilling to paint, and became frustrated and depressed due to his inability to work. As he grew older, his artistic ability improved but also his bouts of illness became more pronounced. His frustrations grew since he was at the peak of his ability and unable to work. On one occasion, during a bout of depression, he actually cut off one of his earlobes.

Vincent eventually walked into a field and shot himself in the chest with a revolver at the age of 37. He did not die immediately. He managed to walk back to the Ravoux Inn where he was lodging, and died there two days later as a result of the gunshot wound.

Today most of the works of Vincent van Gogh are held in various national museums and art galleries throughout the world, although some are held by private collectors. Many of his works are held in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which holds the largest collection of his paintings and drawings in the world.

For most of us who are looking for antique paintings for sale, works by Van Gogh are definitely out of reach. But there are many other wonderful painters to choose from. Antique painting auction houses do a thriving business where many works of art are sold every week. It is fair to say that there is something for everyone, regardless of your budget.

Have you ever considered how these great antique paintings for sale were actually created? When I first learned how, I was astonished. It is nothing so simple as just sitting down and applying paint until the complete painting is finished. Permit me to explain further.

Oil-based paint was the most common paint used by artists. It had to be applied in layers, and each layer could not be started until the existing ones were dry. So for example (now this is a very simplistic broad example), the artist might apply a blue background as sky, or green for grass, or whatever. After this he could not continue to paint his clouds or his trees until the first coat was dry. Sometimes this took several days.

The texture and consistency of the paint was very important for each layer. Various techniques were necessary to ensure against cracking and peeling, the consistency of the paint used for each layer had to be just right. So you can just imagine that many antique oil paintings for sale took weeks or even months to complete. Not only did the painter need all his artistic skills, he also needed quite a lot of technical expertise also.

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