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The history of painting is as rich, diverse and continuous as the history of humanity itself. Prehistoric man used primitive paints to adorn the walls of caves with images of hunting, beasts of prey and imagery of their sacred rituals. Across all cultures painting has been a medium for communication through space and time, and to this day continues as a mainstay of artistic expression.

Painting as an art form separate from decoration and adornment has its roots in the East where the invention of paper greatly accelerate the possibility of painting existing separately from simple beautification of objects. New innovations and styles of painting have ridden the waves of history, sometimes reaching high points in the East, and ebbing as the cultural tides turn. Like with the sciences, Europe picked up much about painting from the East, to create continuity in the history of painting, adding and expanding on what came before. 

In Europe, the Renaissance had a resounding impact on painting and ushered in the beginnings of painting as High Art. Masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo lay the foundation for painting that was set in realism, where the stylized and two-dimensional paintings of the Middle Ages gave way to perspective, anatomical correctness and portraiture that sought to capture truth in its subject matter. As the culture of Europe descended into decadence, painting reflected this in the Rococo and Baroque movements until the chaos of war and the sober mood it inspires giving rise to the more grounded Neo-Classicism. 

From here, painting rapidly evolved with the changing cultural norms, influenced by new inventions in technology, new philosophies and societal freedoms. The seeds of modernity were sown as brush strokes became more liberal and the need for Realism faded away. Painters were also liberated in that their patronage was no longer solely based on work that focused on history, religion or portraits. Paintings for sale at auction and in galleries became commonplace instead of commission-based works, and landscape painting flourished as a genre.  Individual life and struggle became a mainstay of subject matter, with painters like Degas, Renoir and Manet using everyday scenes as inspiration. Impressionism brought with it a whole new freedom of artistic interpretation, and brought painting to the cusp of Modernity.  With tensions rising in Europe, early modern masters like Picasso, Picabia, Duchamp and Kandisnky reflected the excitement and fervor of the time in their work, with Cubism and Expressionism taking painting to the brink of abstraction.  Post WWI and the epicenter of painting shifted somewhat to the US as many artists had fled Europe to find a safe haven, and Modern art was well and truly born.

Artorca’s online gallery has paintings for sale that reference nearly every part of painting’s history, from Jose Higuera’s oil paintings that draw on Renaissance styles as well as Hyperrealism, to the work of Ar Ramesh and David Lloyd Glover whose paintings for sale reflect the influence of Cubism and Impressionism respectively.  Artorca prides itself on giving a platform for established and emerging artists from all over the world to showcase their artwork, and the paintings for sale on Artorca’s gallery are sure to please the discerning collector or art enthusiast.

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