Who Are Some Famous Artists Who Did Oil Paintings?


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Some famous artists who created oil paintings include Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco de Goya and Pablo Picasso. Although these artists worked in different centuries and varied styles, they used the same medium of oil painting to create some of the most renowned works of art in the Western world.

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Rembrandt's work in oil includes a series of self-portraits that he executed from the time he was a young artist to his old age. One of his oil paintings' most marked features is the innovative use of light with large areas of painting left in the shadows, created with dark oils. This pattern became more and more a focus in his work, specifically in oils such as "Judas Repentant."

Along with oil paintings, Goya also composed many drawings, sketches and frescoes, but it is his paintings on which his formidable reputation largely stands, among them "Don Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga," a portrait of the count of Altamira's child among a group of cats and birds.

One of the great masters of oil painting of the twentieth century was Pablo Picasso. Although, like Goya, Picasso also created pieces in a wide variety of media, he used his oil paintings specifically to develop his revolutionary style of cubism. Among his most important oils are "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" and "Guernica."

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