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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Few artists can rival the dramatic style of El Greco, either in activity or colour, making art print reproductions of his most famous paintings particularly sought after.

Religious followers will be drawn to his use of Christian themes whilst others may be more attracted to his expressive landscape paintings or commissioned portraits. There is so much to enjoy here, with a variety of content over his career, though always depicted in his signature style. With many centuries having past since his career took hold, all of his work is available copyright free and as such most art retailers have a full collection of his work to choose from.

The relatively simplistic nature of his approach - concentrating on emotion over accuracy of form, has ensured that his work is ideally suited to art prints in the home. Most of his paintings have one main focal point that dominates as this translates well into smaller reproductions. Anything to detailed would be unsuitable as people would not be standing near enough to enjoy it. For this reason, modern art is also particularly good for reducing in size without losing the original impact.

Modern tastes have moved away from the Renaissance to a certain degree but this artist still remains relatively fresh, thanks to the particularly unique style that he had. The boldness and expression are far more in line with modern art movements than most other members of the Renaissance and this has ensured that his own reputation has remained very strong throughout. There is also an imediacy about his work, where anyone can access his paintings without the need for an extended gaze or detailed research. Compare this to Titian prints, for example.

The work of this artist is best suited to a small, solid frame and a small card inside to separate it from the artwork. A higher quality of print will help to better reproduce El Greco's original colours and potentially last longer. A small plastic cover can also help the print to retain its colour for longer, particularly when left in a very light room.