A look back into the history of live wedding paintings

The history of live wedding paintings

Wedding paintings have been around for centuries, and they have undergone significant changes over time. From traditional portraits to modern live painting, the evolution of wedding painting reflects the changing attitudes and values of society towards art and marriage.

Traditional Wedding Portraits

Traditionally, wedding portraits were commissioned as oil paintings, often depicting the bride and groom dressed in their wedding attire and posed in a formal setting. These paintings were typically done in a realistic style, with great attention paid to detail, colour, and composition. They were seen as a way to commemorate the couple’s wedding day and showcase their social status.

During the 19th century, wedding photography became more accessible, and it became a more popular way to document weddings. Wedding portraits, however, continued to be commissioned, often as a more personal and intimate alternative to photography.

The Rise of Modernism

As the 20th century approached, traditional art forms began to give way to modernism. This shift was reflected in wedding paintings, which became more abstract and less concerned with realism. Artists began to experiment with new techniques, such as impressionism and expressionism, to convey the emotional impact of the wedding day.

One example of this shift can be seen in the work of the French artist Henri Matisse. In 1912, he painted a portrait of his daughter’s wedding, titled “La Mariée” (The Bride). The painting features bold, bright colours and loose brushstrokes, creating a sense of movement and energy.

Henri Matisse La Mariée

The Emergence of Live Wedding Painting

In recent years, there has been a growing trend towards live wedding painting. Live wedding painters are artists who attend weddings and create paintings on the spot, capturing the energy and emotion of the day in real-time.

Live wedding painting offers a unique and interactive way to commemorate a couple’s wedding day. It allows the couple and their guests to witness the creative process and see the painting come to life before their eyes. Additionally, live painting creates a one-of-a-kind artwork that captures the unique details and moments of the day in a way that photography cannot.

The evolution of wedding painting reflects the changing attitudes towards marriage, art, and documentation. From traditional portraits to modern abstract art, and now to live painting, wedding paintings have continued to evolve and adapt to the changing times. Whether you prefer a classic oil portrait, or a live painting created on the spot, wedding paintings remain a timeless and cherished way to commemorate a couple’s special day.

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More about the artist.

Hi, I am Poppy, a multi-disciplinary artist, illustrator and graphic designer with a passion for watercolours.

I have been creating for as long as I can remember, and in 2012, opened up iampoppy Designs. I am passionate about helping inspired people bring their creative dreams to life through my art!

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