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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

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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.

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Fabulous Masterpieces is the Premier UK Art Reproduction company. Curious to learn more about us? Then please visit the About Fabulous Masterpieces page. 

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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.

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Fabulous Masterpieces is the Premier UK Art Reproduction company, to learn more about us, please click here.

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How to tell if art is a reproduction

1. Archival Evidence

Research Research Research…..

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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

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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

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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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If you enjoy art and the finer things in life, then you’ll love having reproduction oil paintings in your home!

What are reproduction oil paintings?

Reproduction Oil Paintings

In today’s market, there are many types of wall décor available for you to furnish your walls. Ranging from photographs and mirrors to prints and posters of scenes that you admire and love. Now, just think, instead of buying a poster or giclee print from a shop on the high street or art gallery gift shop, it is becoming increasingly more popular to commission reproduction oil paintings of scenes and landscapes of famous paintings that you adore. Admirer of Turner or Monet’s water lilies, perhaps van Gogh’s Almond Blossom is what you find really special?! Well forget buying the prints, if you’re looking for something really special, order oil painting reproductions of your favourite paintings.

Reproduction oil paintings, otherwise known as art replicas, fine art reproduction, art copies, are just that – they are copies of usually famous paintings that are hand-painted by a professional artist. A lot of art reproduction companies make the claim that their reproduction oil paintings are “museum quality”, without substantiating the claim. Fabulous Masterpieces does, but for the reason that our reproduction oil paintings are actually museums, if you’re interested to learn more, please take a look at our website to read more about museum quality oil painting reproductions.

Who buys reproduction oil paintings?

Reproduction Oil Paintings

A lot of people actually, not just from the UK. We’ve delivered reproduction oil paintings to the USA, Australia, Dubai, Argentina, Moscow, France, Switzerland, Holland, Norway and Greece! These people range from being:

  • Period homeowners who need period style reproduction oil paintings such as constables, Gainsborough’s and Turner’s.
  • Museums
  • Owners of original paintings who need reproduction oil paintings for security and insurance reasons.
  • Art lovers
  • People who just want something a bit more special than a print in their home.
  • Interior designers
  • New homeowners – A major reason, they tell us is that their new home has big blank walls and they can commission reproduction oil paintings made-to-measure from us to fit any dimensions that they need.
  • People who suffer from blank-wall syndrome!

Why do people buy reproduction oil paintings?

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Buyer looking at reproduction oil paintings by Fabulous Masterpieces

The majority of people who come to us and buy reproduction oil paintings are simply looking for something a bit more special than the usual print, which can be found in Ikea or the high street. They are people who care about the appearance of their homes and prefer to have custom-made oil paintings on the walls of art that they love. When you visit an exhibition at a gallery and spot a painting that wows you and moves you, it changes your mood, it uplifts you. Now imagine if you could transform your walls and experience the feelings of seeing your favourite pieces of art every day. This is one of the main reasons why people buy reproduction oil paintings from us.

Would you like to learn more?

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Would You Like To Learn More?

If you would like to learn more about Fabulous Masterpieces please visit the Fabulous Masterpieces’ Website. If you’d like to commission your favourite oil painting reproductions, please do get in touch and contact Tim Bertram tim@fabulousmasterpieces.co.uk. We’ve been painting oil painting reproductions for the last 3 years for everybody from Lords & Ladies, museums, companies and private individuals and we would love to paint a reproduction for you of your favourite piece of art. for more information on Reproduction Oil Paintings follow this link http://hubpages.com/hub/Reproduction-Oil-Paintings-UK

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