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Your home is where life and interactions happen, where memories are made, and where your personal style shines.

Wouldn’t it be nice to decorate it with elegant wall art that reflects your unique and sophisticated taste?

Welcome to  FrintableArts.com.

Here in our online shop you’ll find some of the best downloadable wall art reproductions of Classical, Renaissance, Modern, Abtract, and Japanese Ukiyo-e famous paintings and fine art for display in your living room or use as room decor.

These digital image files, also called digital art prints, downloadable wall art, wall art painting, and printable wall art, are easily one of the best wall decor ideas for your home. 

Printable Wall Art

What is Printable Wall Art?

Printable Wall Art refers to artwork in a digital format (e.g., image files) that can be downloaded and printed for decorative purposes, either for the home or office. It is a popular and well-liked form of room decor and artwork that offers several benefits.

Printable Wall Art offers a convenient and cost-effective way of enhancing interior decor and living spaces, offering a wide range and variety of digital artwork designs that can be easily downloaded and printed for display in your home, home-based office, or even corporate headquarters.

Michelangelo Paintings | The Creation of Adam (Adaptation) | Wall Art

The Creation of Adam (Adaptation) 

The Lamentation
(Ludovico Carracci)

Foaming Waves
(Unknown artist)

The Birth of Venus
(Alessandro Botticelli)

The Red Vineyard
(Van Gogh)

Beauty Looking Back
(Hishikawa Moronobu)

Van Gogh Self-Portrait with Pipe

Gardanne
(Paul Cezanne)

La Berceuse
(Van Gogh)

Terrace in the Luxembourg Gardens
(Van Gogh)

Why Buy Printable Wall Art?

Here are seven reasons why you would want to buy printable wall art | digital art prints:

  • Affordability – digital wall art costs only a few dollars. 
  • Convenience – readily accessible and downloadable after purchase, even at 2:00 am
  • No shipping time and no shipping fees
  • Variety and control – a wide range of art products, printing, and framing options are available and under your control
  • Global accessibility – you can buy digital art files and download them from anywhere in the world, then either have them printed and framed locally or via an online service 
  • Unlimited personal use – reprint the images as many times in as many sizes as you want for personal purposes
  • It’s just fun and satisfying to engage in a printable wall art project or gift someone with it

If you’d like Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” on your living room wall, for instance, simply purchase the digital image product from our web store and download it within minutes to your desktop or laptop.

The high-resolution digital image files would come in a variety of printable sizes, so you can choose the right size to print and frame for your space.

Buy a selection and have each printed out at a different size to create your own gallery wall.

You may print these at home using a high quality printer, but a professional print service will produce the most authentic and faithful fine art reproduction of your new artwork.

Visit our FAQ Section for resources for more information and answers to questionson how printable wall art for room decor works.

Mona Lisa
(Leonardo da Vinci)

The Starry Night
(Van Gogh)

Impression, Sunrise
(Claude Monet)

Matsumoto Hoji Frogs
(Set of 3)

The Great Wave off Kanagawa (Hokusai)

Eagle on Rock by Waves
(Unknown artist)

Vincent van Gogh Self-Portrait

Girl in White
(Van Gogh)

Remote Valleys Deep Forests #2 (Unknown)

The Crucifixion
(Stefano da Verona)

Using printable wall art to adorn your living spaces isn’t just relatively “easy” nowadays, but is actually a very practical and cost-effective means of decorating your home.

Choose from our 130 exquisite wall art prints to fill every room in your house. Our masterpiece artwork subjects include still-life, landscapes, famous painters’ self-portraits, coastal beach scenes, floral art, abstract art, animal art, realism, modern, and contemporary art.

We add new digital art products weekly and our printables are affordable enough to decorate a whole house even on a budget.

If you’re looking for room decor, wall art for the living room, large wall art above a bed or sofa, kitchen or bathroom wall decor, study nook, or even your office space, you’ll find something to love here at FrintableArts.com.

Remote Valleys Deep Forests #1 (Unknown)

Primavera
(Alessandro Botticelli)

The Potato Eaters
(Van Gogh)

The Church at Auvers
(Van Gogh)

Still-life with Jar, Cup, and Apples (Cezanne)

Japanese Woman (Kitano Tsunetomi)

Cafe Terrace at Night
(Van Gogh)

The Card Players Painting #1 (Cezanne)

Matsumoto Hoji Frog #1

Jerusalem Artichoke Flowers (Claude Monet)

Ready to explore?

Visit our Shop section to discover a world of digital art files that you can print and frame on your own. Whether you’re a hobbyist, a DIY enthusiast, an interior designer, a self-styled home decorator, or someone simply seeking an aesthetic project, you’ll find inspiration here.

You may also start your artistic journey today by browsing products under our Main Categories below.

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“Seascape Storm” – Monet

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Frequently Asked Questions

Printable wall art, also referred to as wall art, wall printable, digital art print, or digital image reproduction, is art traditionally created either on paper or canvas that has been converted into digital form that can be processed by a computer. They’re offered or sold as digital image files that can be printed in different sizes and on several mediums for varied purposes, such as being framed as wall decor for home and office spaces.

Wall decor covers a variety of different media, and wall art is one of the best forms of art you can hang or display on your wall, whether it’s your living room, bedroom, kitchen, hallway, office, or bathroom wall.

DOWNLOAD > PRINT > FRAME IT

Choose art from our three (3) main categories by:

-Selecting the category from the main home page (Vintage, Japanese, or Modern Abstract).

-Hovering over the SHOP menu and choosing from the drop-down

-Clicking the SHOP menu then choosing the category/artist from the left sidebar

Purchase and download your artwork. Kindly read important info on the product page.

Print it – via a local professional printer, online printing service, or your high quality printer.
(See other FAQ section that deals specifically with Printing)

Frame it –  order a suitable frame locally or online then proudly hang your art on your wall.

This is a Digital Download Product. No Physical Item will be shipped.

These are downloadable digital image files that can be printed in various print sizes.

Frames and mat boards are not included.

Our printable wall art products are very affordable, ranging from $4 to $7 for single-listed items on sale, or from $7 to $9 on regular pricing. It is best to buy while they’re on sale. Multiple item listings such as a set of 3 images can range around $12 on sale or $18 under regular pricing. (Prices may vary or change without prior notice).  

You will receive:

1.  Between 3 to 5 individual high-resolution digital JPEG images set at 300 dpi.
2.  Print Size Guide indicating the correct image file to use for your preferred print size.
3.  Printing Information Guide with information on the best way to print these image files.

After purchase, confirmation and access to a Download PDF file (with product links) will be provided via:

1) email
2) a download page

If the email confirmation is not in your primary inbox, please check your other folders: (Incoming, Spam. Promotions / Social tabs if you’re using Gmail). Bookmark this email confirmation for future reference.

Please familiarize yourself on where downloads are “saved-to” on your computer or device.

We suggest downloading the image files immediately after purchase, and to download them on a desktop or laptop due to their large sizes (50 MB to 220 MB on average).

You may also locate your downloadable PDF (with product links) on our site any time after purchase.
Just sign in to the account you registered in before purchase or the one you created during checkout and go to: My Account > Downloads.

We suggest downloading the image files on a desktop or laptop due to their large sizes (50 MB to 220 MB size on average to preserve detail and quality).

The print sizes from each digital image product varies based on the dimensions of the original source material. Some may have more print sizes than others. Please see print sizes specific to each item on their individual product page.

Example: here are the borderless print sizes from the Mona Lisa printable wall art product (in inches):

4 x 6 inches  /  6 x 9 8 x 12  /  10 x 15 12 x 18 16 x 24 20 x 30 24 x 36 

6 x 8 inches9 x 12  /  12 x 16  /  15 x 20  /  18 x 24  /  21 x 28  /  24 x 32 

4 x 5 inches  /  8 x 10  /  12 x 15 16 x 20  /  20 x 25  /  24 x 30

11 x 14 inches

A1 (23.4 x 33.1 inches)  /  A2 (16.5 x 23.4)  /  A3 (11.7 x 16.5)  /  A4 (8.3 x 11.7)  /  A5 (5.8 x 8.3)  /  
A6 (4.1 x 5.8)

*Do not enlarge print images larger than the maximum sizes listed above.*

Although you can print at home using a high quality printer (color output and quality may vary), we recommend  a professional online print service to capture all the details and nuances of your digital fine art reproduction.

You can have them printed via a local printer in your area such as Fedex Office Print and Ship Center, or an online printing service such as Staples, Vistaprint, Walmart Photo, Walgreens Photo.

Other online fine art printing services: *
U.S.A: finerworks.com | posterjack.com | mpix.com
Canada: posterjack.ca | pictorem.com
UK: theprintspace.co.uk
Europe: beyondprint.eu
*Do reach out to the online printing service provider’s support staff for assistance should you have questions (technical or otherwise).

Some paper suggestions to choose for printing:

1. Heavyweight Matte paper
2. Ultra-white paper
3. Ultra-thick, cardstock paper

If you wish to use photographic paper, paper with a matte or satin finish would be a good option.

Premium archival fine art paper will result in the most authentic vintage art reproductions.

You can source the frames locally, just take the time to check that the frame size is available for the size you intend to print. You can choose to have the artwork cover the whole frame or buy a frame with a matboard.

*Frames and matboards shown in our online store are not included, and are only representations of artwork when framed*.

If you would like some beautiful or specialized frame collections online, you may check out the sites listed below for custom printing and custom frame services:

USA: frameiteasy.com | finerworks.com | framebridge.com |
Canada: artalo.ca | framehaus.ca

Due to the nature of instantly downloadable digital items, all sales are Final.

Returns, exchanges, or cancellations cannot be made.

Email us at info@FrintableArts.com for clarification before purchasing any item.

Email us at  support@FrintableArts.com for any issues after your purchase. 
Please have your relevant email address and receipt information available so we can address your issue properly. 

Feel free to print as many copies of the artwork as you want in the medium you want for your Personal Use.

Purchase of our products does not license you to use it for commercial resale or redistribution.

You are restricted from using, sharing, distributing, or reproducing our files for commercial use or resale in any form.

You are not permitted to modify, edit, or make alterations to the files, then in turn use them for commercial use or resale in any form.

Although the source material is public domain, each design has been digitized, remastered, enhanced, scaled-up, and/or altered from its original version through our design process, making each new derivative work unique to Frintable Arts.

FrintableArts.com - Online Provider of Printable Wall Art Famous Paintings for Home Decor

Thanks for dropping by our online digital art store. 

We look forward to offering you more wall art choices and the best downloadable digital image reproductions of famous paintings and fine art.

We currently have digital art prints from masters such as Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Alessandro Botticelli, Michelangelo, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, and Gustav Klimt, among others.

We intend to add regularly to our traditional and Ukiyo-e Japanese art collection. 

As such, we will continue to add works from Japanese masters such as Katsushika Hokusai, Moronobu, Matsumoto Hoji, Kamisaka Sekka, and other prominent Japanese/Asian art creators.

Do bookmark our site and come back regularly to download more high-quality, printable digital wall art from our SHOP.

To continue exploring our site, simply scroll down to our Knowledge Base for background information on the Famous Painters and the Famous Paintings included in our Printable Wall Art collection.

Simply click on the links in the Table of Contents below.

Knowledge Base - Table of Contents

Famous Painters’ Biographies

Best Artwork Masterpieces (available soon)

Artwork Styles (available soon)

Art Glossary (available soon)

Classical - Renaissance Art Painters

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci Portrait Reanaissance Artist

Leonardo da Vinci: A Stellar Genius of the Renaissance

Date and Place of Birth:
Leonardo da Vinci, one of history’s most brilliant minds, was born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, a small town in Italy. He was born Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci.

Early Life:
Leonardo’s future genius was seen even early in his life, as it was one characterized by curiosity and a thirst for knowledge.

He received a basic education in Vinci and later delved into subjects like Latin, Mathematics, and Geometry, subjects that he would use to full measure later in life. This early exposure to diverse fields laid the foundation for his multifaceted genius. 

Early Artistic Journey:
Although Leonardo’s name has gone down in history as one of the greatest Renaissance artists, not many are familiar with his mentor, Andrea del Verrocchio, a prominent Florentine artist under whose workshop Leonardo’s journey as an artist began.

Under Verrocchio’s mentorship, Leonardo honed his skills in various art forms, including painting, sculpture, and drafting. His exceptional talent soon became evident.

Mentorship:
While working with Verrocchio, Leonardo collaborated on the famous artwork The Baptism of Christ. His contribution to the angel in this painting showcased his remarkable artistic abilities, which in his later years would prove truly sublime. Although Verrocchio was his primary mentor, Leonardo was largely self-taught and went beyond his teacher’s capabilities. The student, in this case, had clearly surpassed his teacher.

The Artist’s Motivation
Leonardo da Vinci’s decision to become an artist was driven by his insatiable curiosity about the world around him. He saw art as a means of closely observing, representing, and interpreting the complexities of nature. His fascination with anatomy, engineering, and natural phenomena greatly influenced his art. He was famously fastidious about details in his artwork, given his deep knowledge about multiple disciplines which he applied to his works.

Struggles and Challenges:
Leonardo faced several challenges in his early career, including financial constraints and limited opportunities. As sometimes happens to the best artists, Leonardo’s quest for perfection often led to delays in completing his works. His relentless pursuit of knowledge sometimes overshadowed his artistic endeavors.

Famous Artworks: High Renaissance art style

Salvator Mundi – represents Jesus Christ as the “Savior of the World,” emphasizing His divinity and Christian belief that the fate of the world is in His Hands. He is depicted wearing Renaissance-era clothing, raising His right hand in a gesture of benediction while holding a crystal orb in His left hand, presumably symbolizing the world. It captivates viewers with its spiritual depth, artistic brilliance, and historical importance. Its record-breaking sale price of $450.3 million reflects its status as the most expensive artwork in the world ever sold at an auction.

Mona Lisa: Leonardo’s masterpiece, the “Mona Lisa,” is renowned for its enigmatic smile and meticulous sfumato technique, a blending of colors and tones. It’s housed in the Louvre Museum in Paris and is considered one of the world’s most iconic paintings.

The Last Supper: In “The Last Supper,” located in Milan, Italy, Leonardo captured the emotional reactions of Jesus and his disciples to the revelation of betrayal. He used innovative techniques, but the mural has suffered damage over the centuries.

Vitruvian Man: This famous drawing illustrates the ideal proportions of the human body, combining Leonardo’s interests in art and science. It reflects his fascination with human anatomy.

Death:
Leonardo passed away on May 2, 1519, in Amboise, France. His passing marked the end of an era characterized by profound artistic achievements. His artistic genius left an indelible mark on the Renaissance. His contributions to fields ranging from painting to anatomy continue to inspire artists and scientists alike.

Leonardo’s death also signaled a shift in the art world symbolizing both the culmination of the High Renaissance’s artistic achievements and the beginning of a new chapter in art history. His absence left a void that later artists like Raphael and Michelangelo sought to fill. While they built upon his legacy, each artist brought their unique style and innovations to the forefront, shaping the Late Renaissance and Mannerist periods.

Legacy and Inspiration:

Leonardo da Vinci’s legacy extends far beyond his artworks, and his achievements have inspired generations and continue to influence people until this day.

He left behind numerous notebooks filled with scientific observations and inventions, showcasing his forward-thinking mindset. His notebooks, known as the “Codex,” contain over 13,000 pages of sketches, ideas, and scientific diagrams, providing a glimpse into the mind of a true Renaissance polymath.

His ability to seamlessly blend art and science continues to inspire generations of artists, scientists, and thinkers worldwide. Leonardo da Vinci’s insatiable curiosity, innovative thinking, and artistic genius make him an enduring figure in the annals of art history, and his work continues to captivate and inspire art enthusiasts and scholars alike.

See Wall Art Digital Reproductions and Printable Wall Art of Leonardo da Vinci’s Famous Paintings in our SHOP:

Alessandro Botticelli

Alessandro (Sandro) Botticelli - Renaissance Painter

Alessandro Botticelli: One of the Greatest Painters of Florentine Renaissance

Date and Place of Birth:
Alessandro (Sandro) Botticelli, one of the greatest painters of the Florentine Renaissance, was born in Florence, Italy, in the year 1445. His birth name was Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi.

Early Life:
It is believed that Sandro received his early education in the arts and preferred painting. His father had initially apprenticed Sandro to a goldsmith after he finished school, but later on entered him in the workshop of Fra Filippo Lippi, a prominent Florentine painter in the second generation of the Renaissance artists. 

This apprenticeship played a significant role in his artistic development, as his late works still showed influences from Lippi’s painterly style.

Early Career as an Artist:
Botticelli began his career as an independent artist in the 1470s and swiftly gained recognition for his talent and unique style, which was characterized by graceful figures and intricate details.

This initial style further evolved with his study of the sculptural style of Antonio Pollaiuolo and Andrea del Verrocchio, the leading Florentine painters of the 1460s.

The works of these Florentine artists influenced Botticelli into producing figures of sculptural roundness and strength

The Artist’s Motivation:
The exact reason for Botticelli’s choice to become an artist remains speculative, although it was known that he had an early preference for painting. Like many Renaissance artists, he was likely motivated by a passion for creative expression and the desire to contribute to the flourishing cultural and artistic scene of Florence during the Renaissance.

Struggles:
Botticelli received healthy commissions for his works during his peak, and was also much in demand by engravers, embroiderers, and tapestry workers as a designer. Although there may be conflicting views, there is evidence to suggest that Botticelli faced financial difficulties near the end of his life where he was described as being impoverished and disabled, stricken by ill health.

Famous Artworks:

The Birth of Venus – a timeless Botticelli masterpiece, capturing the essence of the Italian Renaissance. In this iconic work, the goddess Venus emerges from the sea fully grown from a giant scallop shell, a symbol of her birth. Surrounding her are Zephyrus and Aura, personifications of the winds, gently guiding her towards the shore.

This painting seamlessly weaves classical mythology and Christian allegory. It serves as a testament to the Renaissance’s revival of classical themes, showcasing the artist’s skill in portraying the female form with idealized perfection.

Primavera – an elegant and captivating masterpiece filled with allegorical richness, depicting a lush garden inhabited by mythological figures. At its center stands Venus, the embodiment of love, surrounded by entities like the Three Graces and Mercury. The painting invites various interpretations, yet Botticelli’s meticulous attention to detail and symbolism enticed enthusiasts to unravel its secrets and meaning for centuries. 

Inspiration:
Botticelli drew inspiration from classical mythology, ancient literature, and Christian themes. His works are known for their ethereal beauty and graceful compositions. A notable peculiarity is the use of allegory and symbolism in his paintings, often with deeper, hidden meanings.

Death:
Sandro Botticelli passed away on May 17, 1510, in Florence, Italy. Botticelli’s legacy endures through his remarkable contributions to Renaissance art, and his works continue to captivate art enthusiasts and scholars alike for their timeless beauty and symbolism.

See Wall Art Digital Reproductions and Printable Wall Art of Alessandro (Sandro) Botticelli’s Famous Paintings in our SHOP:

Michelangelo Buonarotti

Michelangelo Buonarotti - Renaissance Artist

Unveiling Michelangelo Buonarotti’s Artistic Brilliance

Date of Birth:
Michelangelo Buonarroti, born on March 6, 1475, in Caprese, Italy, stands as an eminent figure in the annals of art history. His multifaceted talents encompassed sculpture, painting, and architecture, making him a paragon of the Italian Renaissance. This era celebrated human potential, and Michelangelo exemplified it.

Early Years:
His artistic journey commenced early, as he exhibited an innate proclivity for the arts. Recognizing his potential, he was placed under the tutelage of Lorenzo de’ Medici, a prominent patron of the arts. This mentorship honed his skills and provided the foundation for his illustrious career.

Yet, Michelangelo’s inspiration was not limited to his mentor alone. He drew from the well of classical antiquity and esteemed predecessors like Donatello. His artistic fervor was rooted in a profound passion for creative expression and a divine calling to shape the world through his craft.

Struggles:
However, his path was not devoid of challenges. Financial constraints and political pressures cast shadows on his artistic odyssey. Nonetheless, his unwavering determination and unparalleled talent gave rise to some of history’s most iconic masterpieces.

Among these treasures are the sublime statue of David, the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel ceiling, and the profound Last Judgment, a famous fresco that covers the entire altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. Another famous fresco in the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling is The Creation of Adam, illustrating the Biblical creation narrative from the Book of Genesis in which God gives life to Adam, the first man. Michelangelo’s intricate frescoes depicting biblical narratives stand as an epitome of Renaissance artistry.

Michelangelo’s creations transcended the physical realm. His works resonated with spiritual and philosophical depth, echoing his profound faith and contemplative nature. His exceptional ability to anatomically and emotionally capture the human form set him apart as a true genius.

On February 18, 1564, Michelangelo passed away in Rome, leaving behind a legacy that endures through the ages. His contributions to the art world during the High Renaissance continue to inspire artists and admirers. His indelible mark on the evolution of art remains immeasurable. Michelangelo Buonarroti’s relentless pursuit of perfection and innovation forever altered the course of art history.

See Wall Art Digital Reproductions and Printable Wall Art of Michelangelo’s famous fresco The Creation of Adam in our SHOP.

Ludovico Carracci

Ludovico Carracci

Ludovico Carracci: A Passionate Bolognese Painter

Date and Place of Birth:
Ludovico Carracci, born on April 21, 1555, in the artistic city of Bologna, Italy, was a prominent figure of the early Baroque period.

Early Years:
His journey into the world of art began under the tutelage of Prospero Fontana in Bologna. He honed his skills through extensive travels to Florence, Parma, and Venice, immersing himself in the rich artistic traditions of Italy.

Collaborations:
Ludovico, alongside his cousins Annibale and Agostino Carracci, embarked on a collaborative artistic venture in Bologna.

Together, they worked on significant fresco cycles, such as the “Histories of Jason and Medea” in Palazzo Fava (1584) and the “Histories of Romulus and Remus” in Palazzo Magnani (1590-1592). These works showcased their collective talent but also hinted at Annibale’s rising fame.

Ludovico’s influence extended beyond his artistic contributions. Around 1585, he and his cousins established the Eclectic Academy of Painting, nurturing emerging talents in their studio.

Their innovative approach to art, emphasizing life drawing and naturalism, spearheaded the Bolognese School, leaving a lasting impact on artists like Albani, Guercino, and Reni.

Ludovico Carracci’s art seamlessly blended naturalism and spirituality, defying easy categorization. His compositions often featured monumental figures with exaggerated expressions, making his works emotionally charged.

Some of these works included the following: Lamentation of Christ, Madonna and Child with Saints, Madonna and Child with Saint Francis of Assisi, Transfiguration, and Saint Sebastian Thrown into the Cloaca Maxima.

Final Years:
Some of his most celebrated works date from before Annibale and Agostino’s departure for Rome in the mid-1590s. Under Ludovico’s guidance, the Carracci Academy remained a leading training center for Bolognese artists until his death on November 13, 1619.

Ludovico Carracci’s artistic legacy reinvigorated Italian art, transcending the confines of formalistic Mannerism. His bold use of gestures and light, evoked profound emotions in viewers, leaving an indelible mark on the world of art. He passed away in his beloved hometown of Bologna in 1619, but his contributions continue to inspire artists to this day.

See Wall Art Digital Reproductions and Printable Wall Art of Ludovico Carracci’s Lamentation of Christ in our SHOP.

Stefano da Verona (Stefano di Giovanni d'Arbosio)

Stefano da Verona (Stefano di Giovanni d'Arbosio di Francia)

Stafano da Verona: International Gothic Art

Stefano da Verona, also recognized as Stefano di Giovanni d’Arbosio, stands as a prominent figure in Italian art history.

Born in 1379 in Verona, Italy, his artistic journey unfolded during the Gothic art period.

Stefano’s early life was marked by his familial connection to art, as his father, Jean d’Arbois, a French painter, had migrated to Italy to serve at the court of Gian Galeazzo Visconti after working for Philip II of Burgundy.

Stefano da Verona’s artistic training likely commenced in Pavia, where he immersed himself in the workshops of illuminators linked to the influential Visconti family.

This experience laid the foundation for his artistic contributions, which became integral to the Gothic art movement. His works reflect the stylistic and cultural influences of his era, showcasing his mastery of the Gothic aesthetic.

Stefano da Verona’s artistic legacy endures as a vital part of Verona and Italy’s cultural heritage, a testament to his mastery of the stylistic and cultural influences of his time. His remarkable artworks, such as the famous The Crucifixion, are often rich in symbolism and detail. They continue to captivate audiences and can be explored in various prominent museum collections, including those at The Getty Museum.

Stefano da Verona remains a celebrated Italian painter of the Gothic art period. His journey from Verona to Pavia and his profound influence on the Gothic art movement underscore his significance in art history, ensuring his contributions are still studied and admired today.

See Wall Art Digital Reproductions and Printable Wall Art of Stefano da Verona’s The Crucifixion in our SHOP.

Modern Art | Abstract Painters

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh - Post-Impressionist Artist of Modern Art

Vincent van Gogh: The Tortured Genius of Post-Impressionism

Early Life and Family: Dutch Roots
Born on March 30, 1853, in the picturesque town of Zundert, Netherlands, Vincent was the eldest son of the Reverend Theodorus van Gogh and Anna Cornelia Carbentusvan. He was of Dutch lineage.

His family consisted of his sisters Elisabeth, Anna, and Wil, and his brother Theo and Cor. His brother Theo, a highly reputable art dealer, would later become his unwavering supporter.

It was said his family nurtured his artistic inclinations throughout the years, although initially it was believed Vincent had no artistic talent. 

Formative Years: 
Vincent’s early life was fraught with trials and tribulations. He was said to have had fragmentary education: a year in a village school, 2 years at a boarding school and 18 months at a high school. He attempted various vocations, from art dealing to teaching, even being a clergyman, but these met with little success.

A pivotal moment in Vincent’s life occurred when he followed Theo’s advice to finally dedicate himself to art. This decision marked a point of no return in his artistic journey.

Mentors:
During his artistic formative years, Vincent crossed paths with influential figures and mentors who inspired him, among them Anton Mauve and artists like Jean-François Millet, who’s works left an enduring imprint on his style and artistic approach.

Vincent van Gogh’s art is characterized by an avant-garde style that boldly departed from traditional conventions. His canvases burst with vibrant hues and characteristically expressive brushstrokes, crafting pieces that were both groundbreaking and emotionally charged.

Vincent’s sojourn to Paris exposed him to a profusion of new artistic movements. His interactions with luminaries like Paul Gauguin broadened his horizons, leading to a remarkable evolution in his oeuvre.

Vincent’s portfolio boasts iconic masterpieces such as “The Starry Night” “The Potato Eaters,” and “Vase with 12 Sunflowers.” These canvases have evolved into emblematic symbols of his enduring legacy, captivating art connoisseurs globally.

Inner Demons
Van Gogh grappled with unrelenting mental health challenges throughout his lifetime. Episodes of depression, paranoia, anxiety, and even psychosis cast a somber shadow over his brilliance, giving glimpses into the tempestuous inner world that fueled his artistic expression.

The cryptic episode surrounding Vincent’s self-inflicted ear injury remains a subject of perpetual intrigue. It happened near the end of 1888, when he first showed signs of an illness marked by epileptic episodes, delusions and psychotic attacks. It was during one of those seizures that he cut off his left earlobe.

The Asylum Years:
In an act of personal determination, Vincent admitted himself as a voluntary patient to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy. Paradoxically, it was during this period that he created some of his most iconic works, including the mesmerizing “The Starry Night,” all while contending with his inner demons.

A Tragic Conclusion
Vincent’s life culminated in tragedy when he succumbed to suicide on July 29, 1890. However, there may be some contention to this, since latest research has revealed his death may have been caused by an accident.

Posthumous Acclaim
Vincent van Gogh’s work gained significant recognition only after his untimely death. His art resonated deeply with the hearts of many, resulting in widespread recognition and celebration of his genius. 

Museums across the globe now pay tribute to Vincent van Gogh’s artistic brilliance. His paintings, once a source of personal torment, now adorn the hallowed walls of esteemed institutions and museums. The prolific Vincent van Gogh produced approximately 2,100 artworks, encompassing paintings, drawings, and sketches.

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Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt - Modern Art Painter and Artist

Gustav Klimt: Art Nouveau Visionary

Gustav Klimt was born on July 14, 1862, in the district of Baumgarten in Vienna, Austria. He was a symbolist painter and an instrumental figure in the Vienna Secession movement, helping it rise to prominence by serving as its initial president.

His artistry extended to various forms, including murals, paintings, and sketches. He is also well-known for his daring exploration of the female form, often producing artwork characterized by frank eroticism and sexuality. His unconventional works have earned him recognition as one of the most forceful Art Nouveau artists of his period.

Klimt’s artistic journey was influenced and profoundly shaped by his early life and mentors. Under the mentorship of Austrian painter Hans Makart, Klimt was exposed to a rich tapestry of art forms and genres, which would have paved the way for his artistic evolution. 

Remembered as one of the best, if not the best, decorative painters of the 20th century, Klimt first achieved recognition as a decorative painter of historical scenes and figures through his commissions to garnish public buildings.

He continued to refine the embellishment and qualities of his art style so that the flattened, shimmering patterns of his nearly abstract compositions (known as his “Golden Phase” works), ultimately became the real subjects of his paintings.

However, Klimt’s path to fame was not without its challenges, especially with regard to his thematic works. His provocative and sensual themes challenged the conservative art norms of his time, creating resistance in certain sectors that found his artworks’ themes too avant-garde. Undeterred, Klimt, along with contemporaries and other like-minded artists, founded the Vienna Secession in 1897, a movement aimed at breaking free from the supposedly restrictive artistic conventions of the time.

Among his most renowned works and one of the most reproduced is “The Kiss,” crafted between 1907 and 1908, which depicted sexual love. It showcased his mastery of gold leaf and intricate patterns, a style apparent in some of his greatest works. Among the other themes that inspired Klimt’s art included love, life, and mortality (such as his other famous painting “Death and Life“).

Klimt’s personal life was as intriguing as his art, although not too many specific details were known of it. He was, however, known for his eccentricities, often donning flowing robes and constantly seen with a cigarette. Although he never married, Klimt had romantic links to several mistresses, with whom he was believed to have sired more than 10 children.

On February 6, 1918, Klimt died in Vienna at the age of 55 from pneumonia. And yet his legacy endures. His innovative style continues to influence modern and contemporary artists, inspiring them to transcend tradition and embrace innovation. 

Gustav Klimt’s unique blend of symbolism and sensuality left an unforgettable mark on art history. Although no direct followers have been attributed to him, his audacious challenge to artistic conventions and his genius in creating visually captivating and thought-provoking works have inspired generations of artists after him to explore their own individual horizons.  

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Claude Monet

Claude Monet - Founder of Impressionism

Claude Monet: Founder of Impressionism

Claude Monet (Oscar-Claude Monet), born on November 14, 1840, in Rue Laffitte, Paris, France, was a renowned French painter, founder, and advocate of French Impressionist Art.

Monet is considered a key forerunner to Modernism due to his approach of capturing and painting nature not in the conventional manner, but based on his perception of it.

He produced repeated studies (a series) of the same motif, each differentiated from the other by his rendition of changing conditions and shifting light based on how he perceived the scene when he painted it. These series were frequently exhibited in groups.

Early years:
Monet first became known in his secondary school of arts for his charcoal caricatures which he sold for a few Francs.

He had his first drawing lessons from Jacques-François Ochard, and when he was 15 or 16 years old met fellow artist Eugène Boudin in Normandy, who would become his mentor. Boudin taught Monet how to use oil paints, including “en plein air” (outdoor) techniques for painting.

Artistic Influences:
When he lived in Paris for a few years he was influenced by artists such as Édouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Frédéric Bazille, and Alfred Sisley, with whom he shared new and unconventional approaches to art, which would later come to be known as the Impressionism style of painting.

Impressionism celebrated middle-class life, and Monet’s subject matter often depicted domestic scenes featuring his family and garden. Through painterly means he would later paint his perceived views of nature, rendering not a faithful reproduction of a scene before him, but a record of the impression his relaxed vision might have received on the spot. These are characteristics attributable to Impressionist art, since you do not make a detailed painting of the scene before you but the impression you get from it, which can be subjective and personal.

Monet’s career saw periods of struggle, such as in In 1868 when, due to financial reasons, he attempted suicide by throwing himself into the Seine after his first child Jean had been born by his wife Camille. He did gain recognition in the 1870s, especially for works created alongside Pierre-Auguste Renoir. His exploration of light and atmosphere continued, leading to some of his most iconic series of paintings, including water lilies and haystacks.

He was grief-stricken for several months after the death of his wife in 1879 from tuberculosis; yet amidst this emotional turmoil, Monet created some of the best paintings of the 19th century. His popularity would later rise to new heights in the second half of the 20th century, when his works traveled the world in museum exhibitions that attracted record-breaking crowds and marketed popular commercial items featuring imagery adapted from his art.

In his later years Monet embarked on ambitious projects, creating extensive multiple series paintings which represented the River Thames, Charing Cross bridges, the Houses of Parliament and Waterloo bridge. Apart from his works in England, he also made series paintings of Venice.

At his final home in Giverny he created a water lily pond which inspired him to produce groundbreaking works for his last series of paintings. Despite failing eyesight due to cataracts, Monet painted until his death on December 5, 1926 in Giverny, leaving an enduring “Impression” that would always be remembered on the world of art.

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Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne - Post Impressionism Artist

Paul Cezanne: Luminary of Post-Impressionism

Date of Birth:
Paul Cezanne was born on January 19, 1839, in Aix-en-Provence, France, to a bourgeois family. He was a prominent figure in the transition from Impressionism to Post-Impressionism, where his art style broke away from 19th-century norms. He influenced the development of many 20th-century art movements, particularly Cubism.

Early Years: 
Cezanne expressed a strong desire to pursue an artistic career, despite his father’s wishes for him to pursue a traditional career in banking. In 1860 he started studying painting in Paris, where he faced technical challenges and a lack of proficiency in painting during his first months at the studio Academie Suisse. This initial setback led to a bout of depression, mitigated only by the encouragement from his writer friend Emile Zola, which was the reason he stayed. During his formative period between 1858 to 1872 he alternated between living in Paris and visiting Aix. 

Artistic Inspiration: 
During his early years as an artist Cézanne was influenced by the works of Impressionist painters, and he became associated with the likes of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro, who became a mentor and friend. Yet, despite his association with the Impressionist school, his difficult personality and antisocial behavior prevented too close an association with some of the artists, culminating in Pissarro being the only one patient enough to teach him the techniques and theories of Impressionism.

Pissarro introduced Cezanne to the revolutionary concepts of “plein air” (outdoor, open-air) painting and techniques in capturing the transient effects of light. However, although Cezanne would initially adopt the short brushstrokes and broken bits of color reminiscent of Impressionist art, he would eventually depart from it and adopt his own style of geometric forms, cubic masses, and architectonic lines.

His paintings differed from Impressionists in that their strokes complemented themselves in chromatic unity, rather than strewn with broken bits of color. His Post-Impressionist art style is evident in his most famous artworks including “Mont Sainte-Victoire,” “The Card Players,” and “Still Life with Apples.” His inspiration stemmed from nature, objects, and people of his native Provence, whom he expressed in personal style in his paintings via landscapes, still-lifes, and portraits.     .

Later Years: 
Near the end of the 19th century the depth of Cezanne’s art became more pronounced, showing better composition skills and richness of color. He strove for perfection in his works while painting slowly, often painting and refining the same subjects repeatedly. This was evident when he created masterpieces between 1890 to 1905: he made 10 variations of Mont Sainte-Victoire, countless still-life images, and the Bathers series.

A notable aspect of Cézanne’s life was his difficulty in getting along with people, a manifestation of his solitary and reclusive nature. Even as his fame began to spread he withdrew from his friends in youth, even from his wife, which added to his mystique since this attitude added mystery to his work. And despite rejections of his earlier works, by 1899 and 1900 his art were finally sought-after by galleries, and young artists began admiring him. Several galleries, among them the Luxembourg Gallery in Paris and the National Gallery in Berlin, either opened their exhibits with his works or outright purchased them.

Death and Legacy: 
Cezanne suffered from diabetes, and in his final years the ailment had grown worse. Whether or not this complicated the pneumonia which caused his death on October 22, 1906 isn’t entirely clear. What is clear is that public acceptance to him and his works only came in the last decade of his career. A number of prominent painters purchased his work, including Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Bonnard, Kazimir Malevich, Henri Matisse, and Marcel Duchamp, and some of these painters’ later works may have been inspired by Cezanne’s work and painting style.

Cézanne’s Post-Impressionist impact on the art world remains profound, and he is recognized as a significant precursor of 20th-century formal abstraction in painting, Cubism, and modern art. 

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Helene Schjerfbeck

Helene Schjerfbeck - Finnish Modernist Painter
Helene Schjerfbeck: Introspective Abstract Art from Finland
 
Birth:
Helene Schjerfbeck, arguably Finland’s best known female painter and artist, was born on July 10, 1862, in Helsinki, Finland. A renowned Finnish artist known for her diverse artistic styles, she has advanced Finnish painting in the art world more than any of her contemporaries.
 
Her art style, which began with realism, naturalism, and plein air methods, eventually matured into self-portraits, landscapes, and still life paintings imbued with her own distinctly melancholic, pensive, and nearly abstract style. 
 
Early Years:
At the age of three or four Helene fell down the stairs at home and suffered a hip injury which wasn’t treated properly, and which caused her to miss attending school when she was young. This injury also resulted in a limp that she would carry for the rest of her life.
 
She had a passion for art from a young age, and at eleven years old she attended the Finnish Art Society’s Drawing School in Helsinki at the expense of Adolf von Becker.
 
Her later schooling at von Becker’s private academy was paid for by a certain Professor G. Asp after her father died in 1876 and left the family impoverished.
Artistic Inspiration
Schjerfbeck’s early career was influenced by notable mentors such as Adolf von Becker and Albert Edelfelt. Her artistic talent blossomed, and she quickly gained recognition for her portraiture and realism. Among the other formative influences in her art were the French Naturalists and Impressionists on her other early works. She was inspired by the works of Manet, Degas, Morisot and Cassatt, and had also studied Toulouse-Lautrec, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin.
 
Despite her early successes in the arts, Schjerfbeck faced personal struggles, including health issues and financial constraints. Her teaching career at the Finnish Art school in the 1890s, for instance, was cut short by her deteriorating health that she resigned in 1902. From there she funded her travels through book illustrations and group exhibitions, as well as a solo exhibition in 1917 in Helsinki. These challenges fueled her determination to refine her craft further.
 
Schjerfbeck’s inspiration often came from the world around her, including nature and people from everyday life. Her ability to capture and convey profound human emotions and vulnerability in her portraits is particularly renowned and a hallmark of her art.
 
In here later years Schjerfbeck traveled far less than she did during her peak, and in the 1940s moved into a nursing home. In 1944 she moved to the Saltsjöbaden spa hotel in Sweden, at which time she produced many self-portraits and still-lifes.
 
She passed away on January 23, 1946 and was buried in Hietaniemi cemetery, Helsinki. Her legacy endures through her groundbreaking contributions to modern art, characterized by a style that is both introspective and abstract. 
 
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Franz Marc

Franz Marc - German Expressionist

Franz Marc: German Expressionist

Franz Marc was born on February 8, 1880, in Munich, Germany. He was a German Expressionist painter and printmaker known for his artworks’ deep connection with nature and paintings of animals.

As a young artist, Marc studied at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, and his early works were painted in a naturalistic academic style. After discovering French Impressionist painting in 1903 he adopted a more modern approach and developed his own distinctive style influenced by Post-Impressionism.

Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh’s vigorous, emotional brushwork was said to have been a big influence on him when he saw the artist’s work while visiting Paris in 1907. 

Another possible mentor of Marc was the famous painter Wassily Kandinsky, whom he met in 1910 and with whom he co-founded the Blue Rider (Der Blaue Reiter) artistic group in 1911, an association of German Expressionist artists. This group aimed to explore and promote abstract art and spiritual expression in painting.

Both Marc and Kandinsky believed that mystical energy is best revealed through abstraction, and that colors and forms could convey profound emotions and ideas.

Marc’s philosophy would later be seen in his works where he used a well-defined symbology of color: blue, yellow, and red, with each one representing specific emotional qualities in his intense portrayal of animals. 

Before achieving fame, Marc faced financial struggles, particularly during his early years as a struggling artist. However, his dedication to his craft and his association with the Blue Rider group helped him gain recognition for his works.

Among Marc’s most famous artworks are “The Large Blue Horses,” “Yellow Cow,” and “Two Cats Blue and Yellow.” His works often featured animals in strong symbolic colors.

Franz Marc’s legacy in the history of art lies in his pioneering work in Expressionism and abstract art. His unique approach to color and form, as well as his emphasis on the spiritual aspect of art and his unique portrayal of nature and animals, influenced subsequent generations of artists.

Marc joined the German army in 1914 and was killed in combat two years later in World War I. He died on March 4, 1916, at the age of 36, in the Battle of Verdun, France.

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Japanese Art - Traditional and Ukiyo-e Painters and Artists

Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai - Ukiyo-e Japanese Artist

Hokusai: Ukiyo-e Master Artist of Edo

Katsushika Hokusai, a renowned Japanese ukiyo-e painter and printmaker, was born on October 31, 1760, in Edo, Japan (modern-day Tokyo) to an artisan family. His early life was marked by a strong interest in art, as he started painting when he was six years old, a skill he may have learned from his father.

He adopted the pseudonym Hokusai during his artistic career, although this was just one of more than 25 or so names he would be known for during his lifetime.

Hokusai’s early artistic journey was influenced by the traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking techniques. He began his artistic apprenticeship at a young age, working under several mentors, including Katsukawa Shunsho, a notable ukiyo-e artist of the time. Under Shunsho’s guidance, Hokusai honed his skills in producing actor prints and kabuki theater portraits.

One of the defining reasons behind Hokusai’s pursuit of art was his passion for capturing the beauty of the natural world, especially landscapes, animals, and the changing seasons. He believed that art should evolve continuously, and he often mentioned that he wanted to keep improving his skills until the age of 110.

Hokusai faced numerous struggles throughout his life, including financial difficulties and the challenges of constantly refining his craft. However, his determination and innovative approach to printmaking eventually led to recognition and success.

 

Among his most famous artworks is the “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” series, which includes the iconic print “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.” This print is celebrated for its dynamic composition and vivid depiction of Mount Fuji amidst a towering wave. Hokusai’s inspiration often came from the Japanese natural world and folklore, with a particular fascination for Mount Fuji and its many faces.

Katsushika Hokusai passed away on May 10, 1849, at the age of 88. His death was attributed to natural causes, marking the end of an era in Japanese art.

Katsushika Hokusai’s legacy in the history of art is profound. His innovative printmaking techniques, especially his portrayal of landscapes and the Great Wave, left an indelible mark on the art world. His influence can be seen in the works of later artists, including European Impressionists, who admired his compositions and unique style. Indeed, one of Van Gogh’s paintings, “Crab on its Back,” may have been inspired by one of Hokusai’s woodblock prints.

Hokusai’s commitment to artistic improvement and his ability to capture the essence of Japan’s natural beauty continue to inspire artists and art enthusiasts to this day.

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