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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.

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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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Beautiful Anne Boleyn Portrait

Anne Boleyn (c.1501/07 – 1536) was the second wife of King Henry VIII of England and was queen consort from 1533 until 1536. Anne Boleyn was also the first English queen to be publicly executed.  Whether you view her as a victim of a tyrannical king or an ambitious manipulator it’s fair to say that even 500 years on we’re still intrigued and fascinated with her.

A few months ago we were given the task of commissioning an oil replica of Anne Boleyn by an unknown artist. The small image of Anne is what the customer emailed over to us and the oil painting of Anne Boleyn below her is our oil replica.

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn - Original Painting (c. 1534)

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn - Oil Replica by Fabulous Masterpieces

Fabulous Masterpieces works with some excellent framers. This frame was hand-made and painted black with a gold leaf inner.

Fine Art Reproduction of Anne Boleyn

Fine Art Reproduction of Anne Boleyn, framed and securely packaged ready to deliver by Fabulous Masterpieces

Anne Boleyn Portrait

Back of the Anne Boleyn Framed Replica Oil Painting. Artist has signed his name.

If you would like to view our short clip on our Anne Boleyn oil replica please click on the link.

Anne Boleyn Clip

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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

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

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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.

Have a question?

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

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…..

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

art reproduction

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?

art reproduction

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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Photographs from our Art Reproduction &

Portrait Exhibition

Were You There?

Last week, Fabulous Masterpieces held a networking and art exhibition at the Troubadour gallery with the best of Kensington & Chelsea in London. Thanks to all of you who came. It was a fab night and have uploaded some photographs of the evening. We will be organising another exhibition with the best of Kensington & Chelsea shortly so if you’re interested in attending a future event please do let us know.

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To learn more about the best of Kensington & Chelsea, please click here.

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If you’re thinking about commissioning a fine art reproduction of an oil painting that you love there are some things that you need to look out for when browsing art reproduction websites.

1. Is there a postal address but more importantly a phone number that you can call that is clearly visible on their website?


If your art reproduction company is reputable they will have a phone number clearly displayed. I would strongly recommend avoiding companies that don’t. We have heard several horror stories from new customers who originally bought an art reproduction from a website with no address or phone number displayed and when problems arose such as a poor quality painting or the painting was damaged in transit etc there was nobody that they could call to talk to. Emails suddenly went unanswered and as there was no phone number listed to call or address shown, nothing could be done, resulting in people being left with an unsatisfactory painting that they could never display and money being thrown down the drain.  The lesson to learn here is make sure contact details are visibly displayed and better still call your chosen art reproduction company before ordering to talk through any concerns that you may have.

2. Does the art reproduction company comply with copyright law?

Van Gogh's Starry Night by Fabulous Masterpieces

I cannot tell you how many companies I have seen online that are offering customers the chance to buy copies of masterpieces that are still covered by copyright, and therefore illegal. These businesses know it too! Usually, these are the art replica companies that will not display a number or address so there is no way the authorities or DACS (the Design and Artists Copyright Society) would be able to prosecute them. Just so you know, in a nutshell any painting can be copied if the artist has been dead for 70 years. That means, any artist who has died prior to 1st January 1940 is perfectly legal to replicate (apart from the extremely  rare occasions whereby the estate of the late artist has successfully extended copyright). However, if you see a website offering to paint you a Rothko, Matisse or a Picasso (he died in 1973) for example, this is in breach of copyright law. And as for artists that are still alive, that is a huge no no. Yes, I know it’s annoying! Your favourite artist might be Picasso or Freud but do you really want to deal with an art reproduction company that is painting copies illegally? What will you do if there is a problem with your painting? The lesson to learn here is to deal with reputable art companies who comply with copyright law. Remember an artist needs to be dead for 70 years before you can legally commission a painting by him or her.

3. Does your art reproduction company have examples of their work shown on their website?

Charles Fortune's Mending Nets by Fabulous Masterpieces

Art Reproduction of Charles Fortune's Mending Nets by Fabulous Masterpieces

This is quite important as art reproduction is all about quality. For example on the Fabulous Masterpieces website there is a compare and contrast section, allowing people to compare the art reproductions to the original painting. There are also photos of Fabulous Masterpieces’ paintings in situ, which again shows people the quality that they can expect. The lesson to learn here is since just about all art reproduction companies are run solely online, you need to try and see as many examples of their paintings as you can, so you can make a judgement if the quality of their oil paintings is right for you. A lot of companies also make the claim that their art reproductions are “museum quality“! It’s true, Fabulous Masterpieces does make this claim, but we make that claim because museums commission our art reproductions due to their high quality. Do museums commission reproductions from your chosen art company, or is the claim simply hype? Whatever art company you decide to order from, just make sure you are happy with the quality of their work as when you receive your painting you want to not only enjoy it but be proud to display it in your home.

4.  Don’t pay peanuts but don’t pay over the odds.


When it comes to pricing, just do a Google search and you’ll see that prices for art reproductions can vary astonishingly. I once saw a reproduction oil painting of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers sold for £20 on ebay. £20! I was so amazed that I spent £20 of my hard earned money to see what a £20 replica oil painting would look like.  Well, it wouldn’t take Einstein to guess that the painting was dreadful.  It looked like something a 6 year old might paint and the smell was horrendous.  I have no idea what poor quality, cheap oils they used but it was not good. At the same time, I have seen art reproductions online starting from £1,500.  From a young age, we are told that we get what we pay for but £1500 for a standard size oil painting copy (50cm x 60cm) is extortionate.  Remember, this is not appreciable art, it is decorative art.  The lesson to learn here is shop around, make sure the quality of your oil painting justifies the price and very importantly, that you are getting good value for your money.

5. Will your art reproduction company post negative reviews as well as good on their website?


If you want to book a hotel, what do you do? Just about everybody I know goes onto Trip Adviser to read genuine reviews by people on their hotel experience to help them make an informed decision on what hotel they should stay with. If your art reproduction company does not have any testimonials posted on their website, then be careful, as you would have to ask, why? Aren’t any of their customers happy with their art reproductions? Secondly, does their website allow you to post not just good reviews but negative comments, or do they screen the reviews submitted and just post positive testimonials. You need to be wary if the reviews you are reading are all one sided and therefore not giving you an honest picture of the art reproduction company you are ordering from.

To give you an example of what to look out for, at Fabulous Masterpieces people can post reviews on an external site, the link of which is on the Fabulous Masterpieces website allowing people to read and review us. Whether positive or negative, all comments are posted, allowing you, the perspective customer to make an informed decision.  The lesson to learn here is making sure you are getting all the information, not just the biased bits.  Type the name of the art reproduction company into Google and see what people have said about them on forums or review websites. It pays to do research.

Have a question?

We’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment or contact us via email: info@fabulousmasterpieces.co.uk or call us on: +44 (0)20 8354 9280.  Alternatively, visit our art reproduction website Fabulous Masterpieces by following the link. http://www.fabulousmasterpieces.co.uk 

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“How can you justify the claim that your replicas are Museum quality?” was a question I was recently asked by a journalist. Well, I replied, for starters some of our replica oil paintings are actually in museums!  Our oil painting replica of the Winter Queen (shown below) for example, is hanging up in the Hardy Amies museum in London.

"Winter Queen"

Fabulous Masterpieces' Oil Replica of the Winter Queen Hanging in Museum

There are quite a few reasons why museums commission replicas of their famous masterpieces, for example when they’ve loaned out paintings to other galleries and museums for an exhibition, something needs to be hanging up in that space as opposed to visitors looking at a blank wall.  Secondly, If a painting belongs to a private individual or an estate they may be disinclined to actually loan the painting for an exhibition due to insurance and safety risks.  A museum will therefore have to actually commission a replica as a substitute.

However, museums are not the only ones that are in need of art replicas.  We’ve commissioned a number of replicas now for people who have actually spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on original paintings at Sotheby’s and Christie’s and wanted fine art replicas of their masterpieces for their other houses. Also, if the pieces are exceptionally valuable, insuring these oil paintings come at a huge premium.  To lower costs a lot of customers prefer to keep their originals in the vault and display a replica.

So, in regards to the quality of our oil painting replicas I tell the journalist, if museums and actual owners of original masterpieces are extremely happy to buy and display our oil paintings then I think the term “museum quality” is certainly justified.

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