Turner’s innovation was driven by his desire to explore colour contrasts and texture. But it led him to lapses in technique which have damaged his paintings.
Putting oil paint into bladders allowed painters to take it out for use outdoors. But adding some media caused paintings to age badly and fall apart.
His later paintings in particular were the first major works to exploit the visual effects produced by surface texture. How?
Rubens’ methods were extensively documented by a contemporary. Do they reveal or conceal any dark secrets?
The advent of wet-in-wet, canvas supports, fewer layers, impasto, and visible brushstrokes.
Did Antonello da Messina learn to paint with oils in Flanders, and bring back a revolution to Italy?
A detailed look at the materials and technique in van Eyck’s mature works, and those of Lucas Cranach the Elder.
The major problems in oil painting had been solved before the van Eycks. One was a reliable supply of solvent/diluent spirits.
Introduction to a series explaining the history of oil paint, effects on techniques, hence on paintings themselves.
Did the Impressionists invent plein air painting? And was Impressionism dependent on the supply of oil paints in tubes?