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Gouache paint is not as popular as oil or acrylic medium, but it has its fans between modern artists. It is also widely used to learn to paint before starting to work with oil or acrylic paint. Gouache is a popular medium for design works - comics, posters, illustrations etc.

This paint consists of various pigments, binding agent (mostly it is arabic gum) and sometimes additional elements. It can be difficult to match colors as dark ones become lighter when dry, and vice versa.

History of gouache paint

Most historians think that word “gouache” comes from Italian guazzo, but the medium itself is known since Ancient Greece times. In Eastern and European countries it was the most popular medium for miniature portrait painting.

It has never been the most popular medium, but many artists used it as additional one. For example, Henri Matisse used it in his “Blue Nudes” series, and in the United States examples of gouache use can be found on Ben Shahn’s panel painting.

Main advantages of the medium

Gouache is very similar to watercolor in many ways but it is more opaque. In some types of gouache can be found such elements as chalk so it makes the paint a little heavier. Artists find four main advantages of gouache paint:

Because of its quick drying feature plein air artists tend to choose gouache.

Online gallery ART.biz offers for sale various artworks created with a help of gouache medium. We work with artists from all countries of the world so you can enjoy all the variability of contemporary art within one site.

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Abstract  artwork 140420 C by Sharad Tawade
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140420 C
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Owner Sharad Tawade
$430
Contemporary  artwork Oksi by Gerasimenko
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Abstract  artwork The age-old wisdom by Hanna Mastak
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The age-old wisdom
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Owner Hanna Mastak
$5 000
Contemporary  artwork Artem by Gerasimenko
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Artem
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Owner Oleg Gerasimenko
$1 000
Contemporary  artwork Jeka by Gerasimenko
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Jeka
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Owner Oleg Gerasimenko
$1 000
Contemporary  artwork Anna by Gerasimenko Oleg
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Anna
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Owner Oleg Gerasimenko
$1 000