Reproduction art is a complex technique built up over years of practice. It is used widely for bringing some beautiful pieces of work in to the public eye without having to transport the original piece from one location to another.
The reproduction of art is a long process that requires a painter to work through five main steps. The first step is to sketch out the picture and from there add all the details. The painter will then bring in colors. The final two steps require adding the texturing and giving it highlights. Some masterpieces are crackled with age. If this is the case, then a sixth step of aging the piece will need to be done. This technique helps bring an authentic look to the copy.
There are so many pieces of reproduction art out there for the public to purchase. They can be found in museums and galleries in countries such as Switzerland, Belgium, Russia, and the USA. There are many different genres that have been duplicated and distributed throughout the world. These pieces represent different eras and movements. Some of these more familiar styles are Abstract Expressionism, Academic Classicism, Byzantine, Post Impressionalism, and Naturalism.
Some of the replicated masterpieces contain works by the famous Jean-Leon Gerome, Lord Frederick Leighton, Claude Oscar Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, and Leonardo DaVinci. A number of replicated works include the Egyptian Recruits Crossing the Desert, A Self Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh, A Flaming June, The Japanese Bridge at Giverny, and The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Tulp.
To see some of these replicas, head over to a local gallery. Take the time to really see how the masters captured feelings and places. It may be difficult to spot the difference between an original and one of these beautiful reproduction art pieces. They are wonderfully done by experienced, commissioned artists who strive to achieve the original beauty of each individual piece of work.