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Hi Everyone,

I thought I’d show you some recent examples of a new art reproduction artist that we’re just put onto our books. Everyone meet Esther and her paintings.

This is Esther’s art reproduction of a Caravaggio painting alongside the original for you to compare and contrast. Caravaggio’s painting is entitled Saint Jerome and was thought to have been painted in 1605-6. It is now located in Galleria Borghese in Rome. To persuade you to commission a painting by Esther, she is offering you to paint you a reproduction oil painting  at 40% off the normal prices on the Fabulous Masterpieces website! A blinding deal. If you want to take advantage of this introductory offer from Esther, simply contact us with the name and title of the painting you’re after and mention that you would like Esther to paint it for you.

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The Saint Jerome replica painting is on the top, original on the bottom. Obviously the Fab Masterpieces watermark is not on the actual oil painting. Receiving 40% off this painting or any other painting you love with Esther represents great value for money!

 Second Example

Esther’s reproduction of a Klimt oil painting. Her art reproduction is on top, the original below.

Klimt paintings

Esther's replica of a Klimt painting alongside the original for you to compare it to. Again our watermark will not be painted onto your actual painting.

Third Example

Gustave Caillebotte’s Oarsmen

Gustav Caillebotte Oarsmen

Esther's reproduction oil painting of Gustave Caillebotte's Oarsmen. Her art reproduction is on top, the original below. Again the actual watermark will not be painted onto your painting.

Fourth Example

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Esther's reproduction oil painting is on top, the original below. Again the actual watermark will not be painted onto your painting.

Special 40% off deal!

Do you like what you see? If you would like to commission a fine art reproduction of your favourite painting with Esther and receive a staggering 40% off then please contact us or email Tim directly on tim@fabulousmasterpieces.co.uk. Please remember to ask for Esther when contacting us.

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We’d love to hear from you! If you would like to add something,  or ask a question concerning our art reproductions please leave a comment.

Bye for now x

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Art Reproduction

Hello, I'm Tim, Co-founder of The Premier UK Art Reproduction called Fabulous Masterpieces

When you’re looking to commission an art reproduction of your favourite painting you’ll notice that American companies are generally a lot cheaper than European and UK art reproduction companies. There is a reason for this, and it’s called quality! Although most companies profess to paint museum-quality art reproductions, the standard really does vary. The majority of art reproduction companies get their art reproductions painted in China. When first starting Fabulous Masterpieces we diligently flew over to China to do extensive research. I personally spoke to alot of art studios and artists to find out about the quality of  their art and the art reproduction industry.

Looking at most of the paintings over there that were getting shipped out to the USA, the quality rangeded from poor to ok but never close to top-notch. It certainly wasn’t what I would term “museum quality“. The majority of artists over there told me that, generally, this kind of ‘high’ quality was fine for America but that the Europeans & Brits reject them as the quality just isn’t good enough. Hence why the majority of our artists are in Russia, predominantly in St. Petersburg. I’ll show you an example.

An Art Reproduction of Klimt's The Kiss from an American Art Reproduction Company

Klimt's The Kiss

The original painting by Gustav Klimt

As you can see there are major differences, but what do you expect if you’re only paying $150? You will notice that the colours are very bright in the replica and details are missing such as the leaves in his hair and the flowers on the mound that they are kneeling on. Her facial expression is also incorrect.

Example 2

Below is an original painting by Seurat and our reproduction oil painting by Fabulous Masterpieces plus a Museum Quality art reproduction by an American company for you to compare and contrast.

The Original - Seurat's Sunday Afternoon

Art reproduction: Fabulous Masterpieces' Oil Painting of Seurat's Sunday Afternoon

Seurat's Sunday Afternoon by an American Art Reproduction Company.

You can see just by looking at these examples and comparing  them with the original, what the differences in quality are. Hence, the differences in price. A lot of  art reproduction companies version of “Museum quality” really does not live up to the term. Remember to always have a look at the examples of their replicas on their website to check out the quality.

So the answer, in terms of price differences with art reproduction companies, is that as with most things in life you get what you pay for.  If budget is more important to you than quality, then you’re in luck as you can buy art reproductions of your favourite painting from as little as $100. If quality, however is more important to you, then please buy your fine art replica with us as  the quality of our paintings is what we pride ourselves onWe didn’t spend 2 years sourcing artists before starting Fabulous Masterpieces for nothing!

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We’d love to hear from you! If you would like to add something,  or ask a question concerning art reproduction please leave a comment.

Bye for now x

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If you’ve been surfing the internet for art reproductions of a favourite painting that you want to have copied, you will have undoubtedly come across different levels of quality; Ranging from paintings that look like a bunch of toddlers have painted them to some mighty impressive looking reproduction oil paintings, that wouldn’t look completely out of a place in a museum.  As we get a lot of queries asking about the difference in levels of art reproduction quality, I thought I’d write this post to offer some explanation.

1.Commercial quality  – The lowest of the low

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Commercial Quality Art Reproductions - This beyond awful replica of Van Gogh's Sunflowers is a typical example of a commercial quality art reproduction found in China or by those art reproduction companies that buy their paintings from there.

As you can see by looking at this awful painting of Van Gogh’s sunflowers , (which looks nothing like the original that hangs proudly in the National Gallery here in London), there is no quality control in  commercial quality art reproductions.  They are painted quickly usually in a production line in huge art style factories in China. Commercial quality art reproductions are all about the quantity; usually you need to buy a minimum of at least 10 pieces. Furniture stores etc. usually buy commercial quality art reproduction paintings as they are dirt cheap and they just want something to cover up those bare walls. For this supposed art reproduction of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers shown above, you could easily get it for under $50, although you would really have to be desperate if not blind to hang this on your wall.

2.       Medium quality – Below Average

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Medium quality Art reproductions. Van Gogh would be horrified!

Hmm Medium quality art reproduction paintings, as you can see, are a bit of an improvement on commercial replicas but unfortunately not that much better.  Medium quality reproductions are painted by amateur artists, detail is lacking and the image is quite sloppily and inaccurately painted. Colours and tones are also different from the original.  Again, stay clear.

3.       High Quality – Above average but not quite there yet.

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High Quality Art Reproductions - Better but far from perfect

Art Reproductions that are termed high quality are generally said to be  80% accurate when compared to the original painting.  Brushwork and colours are presented well and the composition is accurate. You will notice that not all the details are there though, and the painting does look dull and flat. However these “high quality paintings” will be priced to reflect that they are only 80% accurate.

4.       Top Quality AKA Museum Quality – The crème de la crème

Caravvagio head of medusa

A Musuem Quality Art Reproduction by Fabulous Masterpieces. Caravaggio's Head of Medusa.

Museum quality. This is without a doubt the best standard of art reproduction painting.  You can’t get any better. Museum quality art reproductions will be painted by the most senior and top painters who have an extremely  strong knowledge on art techniques but who are also very creative. I mean, whilst it is impossible to recreate a painting 100% just like the original, museum quality reproductions  are the nearest we’re ever going to get to owning an original masterpiece, without spending millions of pounds or robbing a National gallery.

Just to be clear, Fabulous Masterpieces only paint museum quality art reproductions. We’ve actually painted  replica oil paintings for museums and for art collectors too. Be careful of  art reproduction companies especially American ones that offer paintings at ridiculously low prices. There is a reason for this! In most cases you’ll actually receive a high quality art reproduction as opposed to the museum quality oil painting that you had hoped for.

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We’d love to hear from you! If you would like to add something,  or ask a question concerning art reproduction please leave a comment.

Bye for now x

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What would you want your portrait or fine art replica painted on?!

If you were an architect or builder you would want to build a house on a solid and strong foundation, otherwise the effects could be dire. The same goes with art. A canvas is the foundation of your painting and you need it to have certain qualities if you’re looking to commission a museum quality art reproduction or a top portrait of your family.

Nearly all of these Chinese art reproduction companies as well as the big American ones (80% of the Chinese art reproduction market ships solely to America) use these flimsy nylon canvases, shown in the photo below. The reason being of course is that they’re dirt cheap to buy so companies make a bigger profit.  They may be easy on the pocket but it’s not so great for the painting. It’s important  that the canvas for your art replica or portrait has strength and stability since over time many factors can challenge your oil painting (for example  humidity, change in temperature, re-stretching) and a flimsy canvas just won’t cut it. These poor quality canvases are also loosely woven and the fabric can easily distort when stretched, which in turn will ruin the painting.

An Example of a Poor Quality Canvas used by Chinese Art Reproduction Companies

Poor quality flimsy canvas mostly used by Chinese and American Art Reproduction Companies

Here at Fabulous Masterpieces, we use a heavy grade duck cotton canvas because of its strength, stability and durability.  Heavy grade Duck cotton canvases have a smooth, dense construction and are suitable for large oil paintings.  Our duck cotton canvases, which your paintings will be lovingly hand painted on will feel reassuringly heavy and  provide excellent support  for even thickly painted pieces of art, such as our van Gogh replicas. Even for larger paintings,  due to the way the threads criss-cross each other in the canvas you’ll find that they provide an excellent foundation for your painting.  Say no to poor cheapo quality canvases and give your painting a strong foundation.  In the long run you’ll be very pleased you have!

Heavey Grade Cotton Duck Canvas

Heavy Grade Duck Cotton Canvas used by Fabulous Masterpieces gives Your Painting a Strong Foundation.

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We’d love to hear from you! If you would like to add something,  or ask a question concerning our oil paintings please leave a comment.

Bye for now x

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Does Art Reproduction have a value?

Breughel - Flemish Proverbs

I get a lot of emails delivered into my inbox from people asking about art reproductions. What they are, the process, copyright questions etc, so I thought I’d do a series of posts on the most frequently asked questions I receive regarding art reproduction.  Funnily enough, a lot of emails have to do with valuations on art reproductions and if art reproduction has a value. This is an interesting question. Artists have been painting fine art reproductions of paintings for centuries. For example, Pieter Brueghel’s oldest son (Pieter Brueghel the Younger 1564 -1636) painted art reproductions of his father’s work. His art reproduction of his father’s painting ‘Flemish Proverbs’ just sold recently at Christie’s London for £1,721,250. If you’re talking in monetary terms if art reproduction has a value, then I think it does. I’ve had quite a lot of auction houses phone me up asking me to commission replicas of artists that they know are in vogue and are selling well as they know we’d all benefit from it. However, I think art reproduction has a higher value in making people happy. The testimonials we keep on receiving and from my own experience of walking into my house and seeing my favourite pieces of art gracing my walls makes me extremely happy and proud of my home. Try putting a value on that!

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We’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment or contact us via email on info@fabulousmasterpieces.co.uk

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How to tell if art is a reproduction

1. Archival Evidence

Research Research Research…..

Woman reading

Archival Evidence

Doing some research and getting your hands on documents that provide information about the painting or its earliest owners is clearly a good step in assessing if the painting you have or are looking to buy is an original or an art reproduction. Having information about how your painting was made and the historical and artistic context in which it was created will really be able to help you.

2. Scientific Investigation

joseph wright philosopher giving that lecture

Scientific Examinations

If you look at your painting, try and think: “Is the appearance, texture and pattern consistent with the artwork’s proposed age”? The back and sides of a painting are also good sources of information and can tell professionals about dating and provenance and even geographic origin of the painting in question. Scientific techniques such as X-radiography and infrared radiation can also help.

3. Art Knowledge

franz hals portrait of willem

Knowledge is Power

Having knowledge of historic techniques is also very helpful in discerning whether you have an original painting or an art reproduction. For example, with Renaissance paintings the majority were painted on panels. So knowing that before the 18th century, wood panels used for painting were finished by hand  (the backs of the paintings can still exhibit traces of tools that were used to work the wood), as opposed to after the 18th century when  machine sawn panels were used; already gives you an indication of when the painting was produced.

4. Labels

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Most canvases and panels used for painting were prepared by specialist craftsmen as opposed to the actual artist and occasionally have labels or markings that identify the maker. To give you an example, wood panels produced in Brussels were frequently branded with the mark of the panel maker and city’s insignia, which can help you verify geographic origin and a rough date.

5. Colours

Franz Marc THE MANDRILL

Colours

In any given era, artists have a common range of pigments at their disposal. And it is the method of using these pigments mixtures and applying paint that experts can observe differences between periods within the era .  A coloured ground in your  painting can determine your painting’s approximate date – If you think you have a have a fifteenth century painting for example, experts could tell if a pigment in it was a 21st century synthetic pigment and therefore it’s a pretty straight forward way to detect whether your painting is an original or art reproduction.

Are you interested in purchasing an art reproduction?

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If you would like some more  information on art replicas please visit the art reproduction page. Likewise, if you have a question or something to share please contact us or leave a comment.

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