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Carré d'artistes offers a wide selection of contemporary paintings from the pictorial techniques inherent to artistic expression. 

Each of these techniques allows to attribute a particular emotion to all styles of painting, from abstract to surrealism.
In our gallery or on our website, you will find a wide variety of paintings on canvas. Explore the themes of our 600 artists, painting landscapes, portraits, still life, abstract paintings or nudes, in many movements, Pop Art, Street Art, Art Brut ....  Everyone can find his happiness.

You have questions about a contemporary painting? Our art curators are available by telephone on 04 86 31 85 33 or by videoconference. 

Traditional painting techniques

The nobility of oil painting

Oil painting is generally attributed to the artist Jan Van Eyck. The Flemish painter had the idea of mixing a drying oil with the colour pigments, which gave the whole thing unique properties that were much appreciated by amateurs. This painting technique has developed considerably, so much so that it has been used by the great masters, such as Pablo Picasso.
The oil contained in the paint allows the artist to play with the satin shades and transparency of the canvas. The complexity lies in the drying time, which varies from a few days to several years, depending on the thickness of the layers applied. In reality, this paint does not dry, it hardens, allowing the work to reveal all its richness over the years. The oxygen in the air will penetrate the layer and cause it to harden.

Painting in oil requires great care and patience. Traditional artists would sketch their work in charcoal before applying successive layers of paint. Completing a painting could take several months, as it is necessary to respect the drying time in order not to alter the painting.

Contemporary artists prefer the "alla prima" method which is faster as it consists in painting in one go.
Carré d'artistes offers you an immersion in the universe of contemporary artists who expose their vision of this painting technique.

The poetry of watercolour

Watercolour is a delicate painting technique that has been used to illustrate history. It has its roots in prehistoric times, when caves were covered with a derivative of paint. As early as the Middle Ages, this technique was used to illustrate manuscripts of landscapes and religious scenes.
Water mixed with colour pigments and gum arabic gives a natural, soft and textured colour. It was in the face of the rise of oil painting that watercolour was able to assert its potential. It is the emblematic painting technique of the landscape, as illustrated by the sea painter JMW Turner and his painting "Dolbarden Castle".

This painting technique has the advantage of drying quickly. The artist can play on the transparency of the painting by dosing the concentration of water he applies. Depending on whether he decides to paint on a dry or wet layer, he can create delicate gradations and add depth to his work.
This technique has not been abandoned today. The contemporary painters presented by Carré d'Artistes continue to use pigments and water to put their emotions on the canvas.

Traditional painting techniques

The democratization of acrylic

Acrylic painting is a young technique that has seduced contemporary artists since the middle of the 20th century. Born in the United States, acrylics were developed to counterbalance the drying constraints associated with the oil technique. It meets the requirements of mobility and speed induced by the new generations of painters.

Instead of being mixed with oil, the pigments are bound with resin, which allows the paint to harden quickly, taking on the consistency of plastic. Acrylic paint came to prominence in the 1960s, when innovations made it possible to dilute it with water, making it more malleable.
All styles have been inspired by these materials, notably the pop art movement through the works of Andy Warhol with "Five Coke Bottles".

The increasing use of this painting technique responds to the modernity of our time, with a concern for speed and robustness. It is in this perspective that Carré d'Artistes presents a large selection of acrylic paintings that reflect this pictorial evolution.

Urban graffiti on the canvas

Street art or "urban art" is an artistic representation whose means of expression is addressed to the greatest number of people through the public space.
Originating in the United States, this artistic style owes its rise to the graffiti artists who, in the 1970s, drew on walls to mark their passage. Imported into France ten years later, graffiti had a personal dimension, which the artists used to sign their works. Great graffiti artists such as Bansky or Jérôme Mesnager emerged, so much so that some artists wished to keep their works in the face of hostile political reactions towards street art.

Carré d'Artistes offers a wide range of styles that are echoed on the canvas using various painting techniques.


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