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Carré d'artistes offers you a wide selection of paintings through pictorial techniques inherent to artistic expression. Each of these techniques makes it possible to attribute a particular emotion, to all painting styles, from abstract to surrealism.

Techniques of traditional paintings

The nobility of oil painting

The authorship of oil painting is usually attributed to the artist Jan Van Eyck. The Flemish painter came up with the idea of mixing color pigments with a drying oil, as it gives all the unique properties which are highly demanded by amateurs. This painting technique has expanded in a major way, to such an extent that it has been used by the great masters, like Pablo Picasso.
The oil in the painting allows the artist to play with satin shades and the transparency of the canvas. The entire complexity lies in the drying times, which vary from a few days to several years, depending on the thickness of the layers which have been applied. In reality, this paint does not dry, it hardens, which allows the work to reveal all its richness as the years go by. The oxygen present in the air penetrates the layer and hardens it.
Oil painting requires great rigor and patience. Traditional artists sketched their work in charcoal before applying successive layers of paint. Finishing a painting could take several months since it is necessary to respect the drying times, so that it doesn’t get altered
Contemporary artists prefer the "alla prima" method which is faster, as it means painting in one go.
Carré d'artistes invites you to immerse yourself in the world of contemporary artists who present their vision of these painting techniques .

The poetry of watercolor

Watercolor is a delicate painting technique which has served to illustrate history. It took root in Prehistory, where the caves were lined with a derivative of paint. As early as the Middle Ages, this technique was used to portray manuscripts of landscapes and religious scenes.
The water mixed with color pigments and gum Arabic provide a natural finish, with soft and textured colors. Confronted with the momentum of oil painting, watercolor managed to assert its potential. These are iconic painting techniques of the landscape, as portrayed by the sea painter, JMW Turner and his canvas “Le château de Dolbarden” (The castle of Dolbarden).
This painting technique has the advantage of drying up quickly. The artist will be able to play on the painting’s transparency, by measuring the concentration of water he shall use. Depending on whether he decides to paint on a dry or wet layer, he is able to create delicate shades and add depth to his work.
This technique is not neglected today. The contemporary painters presented by Carré d'Artistes continue using pigments and water to portray their emotions on canvas.

Traditional painting techniques

The democratization of acrylic

Acrylic painting is a young technique that has seduced contemporary artists since the mid-twentieth century. Native to the United States, acrylic was developed to counterbalance the drying constraints related to the oil technique. It is in keeping with the mobility and speed requirements of the new generations of painters.
Instead of being mixed with oil, the pigments are bound to resin which allows the paint to harden quickly, just like plastic. Acrylic paint became famous the 1960s, a period during which innovations made it possible to dilute it with water, making it more malleable. All styles were inspired by these materials and mainly the pop art movement through the works of Andy Warhol with "Five bottles of Coca Cola".
The increasing use of these painting techniques responds to the modernity of our time, with a concern for speed and sturdiness. Through this in mind, Carré d'Artistes presents a wide selection of acrylic paintings which reflect this pictorial evolution.

Urban graffiti on the canvas

Street art or "urban art" is an artistic representation whose means of expression are addressed by a great number through the public space.
Originally from the United States, this artistic style owes its development to graffiti artists who, during the 1970s, drew on walls to pass on their passage. Carried away to France ten years later, graffiti had a personal dimension, which artists used to sign their works. Great graffiti artists like Bansky or Jerome Mesnager emerged, to such an extent that some artists wanted to maintain their works, even when confronted with the hostile political reactions in relation to street art.

Carré d'Artistes offers you a wide range of styles which resonate on the canvas using various pictorial techniques.

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