Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is provenance?

What is provenance?

It means chronology of ownership, location or custody of an artwork. The reason for tracing an object's provenance is to provide circumstantial and contextual evidence of its original discovery or production by establishing of its ownership, places of storage and custody. Experts opinions, comparative techniques and scientific test results may be used to achieve this. 

Postmodernism

Postmodernism is artwork which sought to make visual statements against authority, to remove boundaries between art and everyday life, and to bridge gaps between the cultural elite and popular masses. Art in this movement embraces many earlier conventions and styles in eclectic mixtures.

Photorealism

Genre of art or artistic movement that encompasses, drawing, painting and some other graphic media where an artist carefully studies and understands an image in photograph then attempts to reproduce it in another medium realistically as much as possible. Though the term can be used to describe artwork broadly, it can also be used to refer to a specific group of painters and paintings in the U.S. art movement that came to being in late 1960 and early 1970.

Oil on board

Oil on board is the technique of using either wood boards which have been sanded and painted with primer, or high density cardboard covered with canvas. Either offers the advantage of using less space for storage than traditional stretched canvas on frames.

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