brief history of decorative painting

History reveals, we love to paint

Humans have always decorated the walls of their shelters. In pre-historic times, the first artists painted the wall of their caves with scenes of hunting and daily life. In ancient Egypt, artists painted the walls of tombs and sarcophagi. The ancient Greeks used to decorate their temples. The ancient Romans created frescos featuring faux moldings, marbelizing and other forms of ornamentation.

Decorative painting was at its peak in the early 19th century

During the 19th century, decorative painting reached glorious heights, and again in the 1920’s and 30’s. After WWII, the craft declined to its lowest point, a result of the rejection of academic standards of aesthetics, instead favoring innovative styles by such influential artists as Picasso and Matisse.

Decorative painting and faux finishing today are growing in popularity

The growth of faux finishing is due, in part, to the widespread accessibility of new materials and education. Decorative painting is a craft practiced by technically trained artists. They are disciplined and committed to professional methods and aesthetic sensibility. Today’s decorative painter is an heir to a legacy that was once passed on from master to apprentice.

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