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History of Frames

Welcome to our corner of the art world. Our framing blog covers a number of topics that we find interesting and hope you do too! We would love to hear your thoughts and comments, as well as your suggestions for future articles by contributing to the comments section under each page.

 

Framing Van Gogh

Framing Van Gogh

Framing Van Gogh 2012 exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art During his life time (1853-1890) Vincent Van Gogh sold one painting, very few of his canvases were ever mounted in frames. He gave a lot of thought to framing but given the expense and lack of space could...

Colonial Picture Frames in the New World

Colonial Picture Frames in the New World

Colonial Pictures Frames in the New World Colonial Frames of Peru and Bolivia From “Journeys to New Worlds” exhibit at PMA 2013While visiting this show I was struck by the distinct Italian style of many of the frames so it was not surprising to learn the earliest...

Pre-Raphaelite

Pre-Raphaelite

Pre-Raphaelite Victorian Avant-Garde Tate, London to NGA, Washington 2013Pre-Raphaelite painters rejected the mass produced composition frames that were the norm during the early part of the 19th centuryEngland and embraced the notion that the frames should work as an...

Bucks County Frames

Bucks County Frames

Bucks County Frames Bucks County Arts and Crafts Frames Around the turn of the 19th century American painters in keeping with the Art’s and Craft’s movement began rejecting elaborate factory-made composition moldings in favor of simpler hand finished frames. Buck’s...

The Fine Art of French Matting

The Fine Art of French Matting

  The Fine Art of French Matting French matting is a style of decorative matting created by carefully inking border lines using a ruling pen and subsequently filling the space between two of the lines with a watercolor wash. The addition of gilded tape, outer...