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Updated on August 2, 2013

Art on tiles

Here is a collection of art that has been reproduced on tile. These tiles can be used as murals, trivets, backsplashes and on the walls of bathrooms and kitchens and pools. They could even be framed as pictures. I have featured the famous painters, such as Klimt, Van Gogh and Leonardo Da Vinci, plus there are flower tiles, mermaid tiles and cat tiles.

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A brief history of the tile

Tiles were developed over the centuries as one product of earthenware pottery. Medieval tilers used lead glazes on the red-firing clay which hardened in the firing process, the surface becoming transparent, thus protecting the clay and making it stronger and waterproof. Designs could be inlaid before glazing by stamping them into the clay, then filling these areas with slip ( white liquid clay). Tiles could also be simply covered with slip before glazing, giving them a different colour from tiles without a layer of slip. These could be then be used to make decorative patterns. The earliest tiles were used for flooring. These were largely for churches, "stately homes", or other institutional buildings. Only the wealthy could afford them.

Source:Handpainted Tiles

Sunflower art tiles

Helianthus annuus - The sunflower got its name from its huge fiery blooms, whose shape and image is often used to depict the sun.

Poppy art tiles

Papaver - All species of poppies are attractive and most are cultivated as ornamental plants. A few species have other uses, principally as sources of drugs and foods.

Talavera Mexican Painted tiles

I love the colors of Talavera tiles

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Gustav Klimt the artist

Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 - February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Art Nouveau (Vienna Secession) movement. His major works include paintings, murals, sketches, and other art objects, many of which are on display in the Vienna Secession gallery. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism--nowhere is this more apparent than in his numerous drawings in pencil (see Mulher sentada, below).

Klimt was born in Baumgarten, near Vienna, the second of seven children, three boys and four girls. All three sons displayed artistic talent early on. His father, Ernst Klimt, formerly from Bohemia, was a gold engraver. Ernst married Anna Klimt (nee Finster), whose unrealized ambition was to be a musical performer. Klimt lived in poverty for most of his childhood, as work was scarce and the economy difficult for immigrants.

Visit the Klimt Gallery for the full biography and complete works by the artist.

Klimtgallery

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Welcome to the Society for Feline Artists

The Society of Feline Artists (S.O.F.A) was founded in September 1994. The specific aims are to promote the work of the best cat artists, whether established or unknown.

The society has had an annual exhibition of cat paintings at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in London for several years, featuring over 100 artists, some of whom exhibit internationally and showing more than 300 paintings in a range of media, making it the largest exhibition of cat art in the country.

Visit the website:

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Claude Monet the artist

Oscar-Claude Monet (1840-1926) is a famous French painter and one of the founders of the Impressionism movement along with his friends Renoir, Sisley and Bazille.

Monet rejected the traditional approach to landscape painting and instead of copying old masters he had been learning from his friends and the nature itself. Monet observed variations of color and light caused by the daily or seasonal changes.

Claude Monet was born on November 14, 1840 on the fifth floor of 45 rue Laffitte,in the ninth arrondissement of Paris. He was the second son Claude Adolphe Monet and Louise-Justine Aubree. On the first of April 1851, Monet entered the Le Havre secondary school of the arts. He became known locally for this charcoal caricatures, which he would sell for ten to twenty francs. Monet also undertook his first drawing lessons from Jacques-Francois Ochard, a former student of Jacques-Louis David. On the beaches of Normandy in about 1856/1857 he meet fellow artist Eugéne Boudin who became his mentor and taught him to use oil paints. Boudin taught Monet "en plein air" (outdoor) techniques for painting.

For more on Claude Monet and his paintings go to:

Claude Monet Gallery

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Vincent Van Gogh the artist

Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist artist. His paintings and drawings include some of the world's best known, most popular and most expensive pieces.

Van Gogh spent his early adult life working for a firm of art dealers. After a brief spell as a teacher, he became a missionary worker in a very poor mining region. He did not embark upon a career as an artist until 1880. Initially, van Gogh worked only with sombre colours, until he encountered Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism in Paris. He incorporated their brighter colours and style of painting into a uniquely recognizable style, which was fully developed during the time he spent at Arles, France. He produced more than 2,000 works, including around 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings and sketches, during the last ten years of his life. Most of his best-known works were produced in the final two years of his life, during which time he cut off part of his left ear following a breakdown in his friendship with Paul Gauguin. After this he suffered recurrent bouts of mental illness, which led to his suicide.

The central figure in Van Gogh's life was his brother Theo, who continually and selflessly provided financial support. Their lifelong friendship is documented in numerous letters they exchanged from August 1872 onwards. Van Gogh is a pioneer of what came to be known as Expressionism. He had an enormous influence on 20th century art, especially on the Fauves and German Expressionists.

Visit the Vincent Van Gogh gallery for more information on the artist and his paintings

Vincent van Gogh Gallery

Mona Lisa

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The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci displayed on a tile trivet

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Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519, was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination". He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.

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      Asher Socrates 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I love this! Tile art'... I can think of a million ideas for some great designs. Thanks

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      inspirationz 5 years ago

      you have a beautiful selection here :)

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Ah, you are definitely speaking my kind of art with tile art ... great little gift ideas with style.

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      JanisDawn 6 years ago

      that was all inclusive. I liked the painting video

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      resabi 6 years ago

      Very nice intro to the art of the tile -- great combination of information and visual. Blessed.

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      Melissa 6 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      Love the selection of tiles you chose. Thanks for the visual feast.

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Excellent lens!! well done!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nice display of tile art.

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      Lundy 7 years ago

      do not overlook the deco tiles at http://www.backsplashtilesandmore.com they have very cool historic reproduction tiles like Victorian and Art Nouveau designs