The undisputed leader of the Fauve Group, and regarded as one of the great formative figures in 20th-century art, Henri Matisse was a master of the use of color and form to convey emotional expression.Born on December 31, 1869 in Cateau-Cambresis, in the north of France, Matisse grew up in a middle-class family. Eventually, he studied and began to practice law. However, while recovering from a medical ailment, Matisse began painting and became intrigued by it.& Soon, he gave up his law practice and moved to Paris to study art formally.In 1893, Matisse’s work was noticed by Gustav Moreau, an art teacher in Paris. Moreau eventually asked Matisse to join his atelier without requiring an entrance exam. Matisse officially joined Moreau’s atelier in 1895. In 1896 and 1897, Matisse first exhibited his work in the Salon de la Societe Nationale.Matisse’s early style was a conventional form of naturalism, using many of the elements found in the works of several of the old masters. He also heavily studied more contemporary art, especially that of the impressionists.Matisse’s eventual artistic liberation, in terms of the use of color to render forms and organize spatial planes, came through the influence of French painters ...

Lindsay from Eden Prairie, Minnesota had a question about lighting her oil paintings. Lighting is a very crucial part of the presentation of the oil painting, with the right light the texture and brush strokes will make the painting immerge out of its frame. I compiled all the different lighting options that would be considered and listed the pros and cons of each. Hope you find it useful and helpful. If you have any remarks please share. If you have any other interior design or wall décor related question, remember to Just Ask Brei!Your artwork is something to be proud of! The right lighting will draw attention to your painting and bring individuality to your home. The following options briefly describe different lighting sources which work best with the sensitivity factor of an oil painting.Recessed Lighting Is built into your ceiling or wall and usually casts downward or side lighting.. It's an inconspicuous way to light your painting and can be angled any way you want to create the right mood. This can be a fairly expensive method, but the results in your home really pay off. Portable Floor Lights Cast light up and are common in many homes...

Recently Mary from Missoula, Montana asked me for advice on taking care of the paintings that she purchased on OverstockArt. I thought it might interest the rest of the community so I went ahead and did some research and compiled all the information I could find, if you have any remarks please share with all of us. If you have any other questions remember to Just Ask BreiCaring for your painting will ensure its longevity. There are preventative measures that can and should be taken when owning an oil painting. Oils are one of the most sensitive means of artistic media, and damages are common. Handling of the artwork, changes in temperature, lighting, hanging, and storage can all cause different types of damage, including:The cracking of paint, Distortions of the canvas, Fading and discoloration of the paintingHandling of the artwork too often will inevitably cause damage, so be certain to take preventative measures when moving the painting. Be sure to seal and insulate. In a move, this will prevent destruction from hot and cold temperature changes, as well as bumps and bangs. Bubble wrap your painting even if moving it in a protective portfolio. This way, if the cover...

Laurie from Upper Saddle River New Jersey had a difficult time finding the right frame for her oil painting. I wanted to tell Laurie that she is not alone and it can be a difficult task. To give Laurie or any of you who are contemplating on matching the right frame to your masterpiece and home decor, I compiled a comprehensive report that is generally accepted among interior designers. If you have any thoughts or other insights then let us know. If you have any other interior design or wall decor related questions, remember to Just Ask Brei"Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame." --Gilbert K. ChestertonApplying a frame to your painting can be a tricky process, as it is the link between your interior style and the presentation of your artwork. The right frame can act as a catalyst or a piece of artwork in itself. In other words, it can either blend the painting into its surroundings or help it to stand out. In choosing a frame, the proprietor should consider their interior decor, the style of the painting, and what aspects they look to bring out in the artwork.Metal...

In August 2004, the original version of Munch's iconic The Scream and a version of Madonna were stolen from Oslo's Munch Museum. Two men, armed with handguns, threatened museum staff and demanded the two paintings. After over a year the paintings have still not been recovered. The museum closed and did not reopen until July 2005. Because the paintings were irreplaceable, they hadn't even been insured.Another version of The Scream had been stolen in 1994. It was recovered three months later after the thieves attempted to extort a $1 million ransom.In August of 2005, thieves even stole photographs of Munch paintings from Oslo's Hotel Continental. The original paintings had been put into storage because of the 2004 robbery.Now everyone has the opportunity to own these paintings for a "real steal". Get reproduction oil paintings of your favorite artwork from OverstockArt in sizes ranging from a very portable 8"x10" up to a 36"x48" that couldn't possibly "walk away" without attracting some attention! If you don't find the exact painting you are looking for, email [email protected] or call 1-866-686-1888 to request a special order.