Guidelines to follow when buying a new oil painting

Updated: Nov 25

Guidelines to follow when buying a new oil painting
Buying a new oil painting

Condition of the artwork

The First to consider is the condition of the artwork, check the Painting canvas, the fabric is linen or cotton? and is it in a good condition?

Linen is the canvas of choice for artists who want their paintings to stand the test of time.

If the painting is large, then linen should be the surface of choice, as it’s less likely to dip in the center after a long time. For rigorous painting techniques, linen for sure is the tougher choice.

Do not buy oil painting on paper if you want your masterpiece to stay in a good condition for a long time.

Who is the Artist

Do not buy a new original painting without having a close look at the artist's portfolio, and inspecting the signature of the artist on the canvas, in the artist's portfolio you can see the development of the artist's production through time, does the artist has the potential to rise in value?

The versatility of the artist's, portfolio artworks in terms of style(Realism, impressionism, expressionism ….), techniques, and subjects(landscapes, still life, figurative....) indicates the professionalism of the artist, otherwise, the last thing collectors want to do is buying a hobbyist painting.

Observe the quality of the brushwork

The quality of the artist’s brushwork … allows the spectator to recreate how the artist moved the brush and applied paints to get the artwork out to light.

Oil paintings are created sometimes in one layer of paint or usually in overlapping multi-layer of paint,

An artist needs to follow the Fat over Lean rule to end up with high-durability oil paintings, by looking closely at the texture of the painting you can make sure there are no cracks in the top layers of the oil painting, otherwise, it is not the right choice to get.


In the process of evaluation of an oil painting, The composition is the most important aspect, we actually start with the composition and end with the composition,

A good composition is one where the artist controls the movement of the viewer's eye to a beneficial result. Artists can do this by a number of means, such as reinforcing the focal point with the Rule of Thirds, implied lines, contrast of value, and selective color saturation.

Buy the painting  you love
Buy the painting you love

Finally, Buy what you love

Make certain that you purchase something that you adore. Take your time deciding what you like in a work of art. What kinds of paintings do you naturally gravitate toward? Is it a specific style, artist, or time period? You can make a decision by looking through galleries, museums, art books, and websites. If you’re thinking about buying art as an investment, you’ll need to know this. Keep in mind that paintings take a long time to appreciate in value, so it is better to buy a painting because you like it rather than hoping it will be worth a lot of money someday.

Once you’ve decided on a theme, you’ll be able to find the perfect oil painting to meet your requirements and provide you and your family with years of enjoyment.

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