Oil, Acrylic paintings & Mixed Media

Paintings are usually referred to in terms of the medium used. Oils on canvas or board remain the most commonly seen works on the market but many modern artists have favoured acrylics or combinations of different paints.


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Whether country or town views, Newlyn artists are setting the scene

10 June 2024

More paintings on offer in Dorest saleroom from the Cornish ‘school’ show the market strength

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Auction audience avid as Chinese export oil comes to the rostrum

10 June 2024

A Chinese export oil showing a Qing emperor at court led a single-owner dispersal at Tremont Auctions (27% buyer’s premium) in Sudbury, Massachusetts, on May 5.

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Franklin found in Italy bears striking similarity to well-known portrait

03 June 2024

Recently found in Italy, a previously unrecorded portrait of Benjamin Franklin sold at Freeman’s Hindman (27/21/15% buyer's premium) in Philadelphia for $30,000 (£24,000).

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Javanese prince who became an artist

06 May 2024

Over the years, Cologne auction house Van Ham has achieved high prices for works by Raden Saleh Ben Jaggia.

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Prud’hon Psyche caused a stir

06 May 2024

One of the highlights on the first day of the May 30-31 auction at Grisebach in Berlin is a collection of 33 works on paper from the collection of the one-time Cologne gallery owner Rudolf Zwirner.

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Middle East painted to Western taste by Huysmans

06 May 2024

To understand how European audiences viewed the Middle East in the 19th century, you could do worse than look at the body of work produced by Belgian artist Jan-Baptist Huysmans (1826-1906)*.

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Indian connections help Devis for a second time

29 April 2024

Following the major sum for a rare picture painted in India by Arthur William Devis (1762-1822) at Gorringe’s, another work by the artist flew over estimate a fortnight later in Devon.

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Weavers work their auction magic for 18th century picture

18 March 2024

A rare picture painted in India by Arthur William Devis (1762-1822) depicting a group of Bengali weavers was the subject of dramatic competition at Gorringe’s (25% buyer’s premium) spring fine art and antiques sale.

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‘Beechey’ portrait of an Indian sitter, the mysterious Moonshee, is ready for research

11 March 2024

A mixture of leading artist, intriguing subject, ‘prominent’ background and perhaps a bit of speculation helped propel a portrait of an Indian figure to 36 times the top estimate.

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Artist Kuhnert’s natural approach included shooting his animal subjects

26 February 2024

Many late 19th and early 20th century art collectors were entranced by Wilhelm Kuhnert’s (1865-1926) realistic portrayals of exotic animals in the wild.

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Cranach ‘copies from 19th century’ carry their own value

05 February 2024

Among the most contested lots at Nadeau’s (23% buyer’s premium) sale on January 1 was a set of miniature watercolour and gouache portraits credited to a follower of the German court painter Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553).

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Argentinian artist Demarco’s world is full of kinetic energy

05 February 2024

The top lot at Leonard Auction’s (25% buyer’s premium) December 10 sale in Addison, Illinois, was a work by the Argentinian Op artist Hugo Rodolfo Demarco (1932-95).

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Hawaiian high: Sandwich Islands noblewoman sells for 180-times top guide

22 January 2024

Portrait of Sandwich Islands noblewoman who visited London on diplomatic tour in 1824 appears in Maryland auction

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Massive Churchill collection including his desk, unpublished letters and inscribed books star in offering of London dealer

19 January 2024

A collection devoted to the life and work of Winston Churchill is among the standout items at The Winter Show in New York, which opens today.

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Trade hub painting itself intended for export

15 January 2024

The 438-lot Winter Fine & Decorative Art online-only sale at Bruneau & Co in Cranston, Rhode Island, on January 22 includes this Chinese export oil on canvas depicting the 13 Hongs of Canton (estimate $3000-5000).

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Lost poignant wartime painting by Matania lives on in the form of a copy

15 January 2024

A copy of a lost painting that has been described as one of the most haunting and poignant depictions of Irish involvement in the First World War attracted a flurry of bids at Clevedon Salerooms (22% buyer’s premium) in Bristol.

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Tempting connection to Turner

18 December 2023

A private collector in London had his work cut out to secure a painting on offer for €2000-3000 at Nagel (29.5% buyer’s premium) in Stuttgart.

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Bidders display passion for a Holy Land panel

18 December 2023

Mother of pearl and olivewood devotional objects were made in Jerusalem in large quantities as tourism to the Holy Land took off in the late 19th and early 20th century.

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Leaving you Hungary for more

11 December 2023

A wide range of eastern European works is increasingly attracting strong demand at auction

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Old Masters suit you down to a D

04 December 2023

Collection from unnamed vendor supplies some of the highest prices in a sale at the Drouot centre

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