Oil Painting

The origin of oil painting can be traced back to the Mediterranean civilization. The ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans extensively used vegetal oil and poppy seed oil in their paintings.But during the 15th century this ancient technique was replaced by oil paints.

Oil painting is mostly done on surfaces using pigments which are initially ground and then mixed into a medium of oil. Oil painting varies from religious or inspirational to secular and abstract images.

Oil painting technique is a fairly comprehensive one but mostly varies from artist to artist. Often the painters used a variety of oils in the same oil painting which solely depended on the particular pigments and the impressions or effects desired. The basic rule of the process of oil painting is ‘fat over lean' which implies that each additional layer of paint applied should be a bit oilier than the layer below, which facilitates proper drying. The canvas of the traditional oil painting artists' was made from linen but in the recent times cotton fabric has gained popularity.
Indian oil paintings are the in-depth expression of the thoughts and imagination of the Indian artists and painters. The oil paintings of the eminent art personalityRaja Ravi Verma are widely acclaimed all across the globe. The theme of his oil paintings not only touches your heart but their colors and expressions leave you absolutely speechless. The Indian oil paintings are believed to recreate life itself.

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