Wichita, Kansas – September 16th, 2020 – Art has emerged a hero of the COVID19 global crisis, allowing people to experience what they miss most about pre-pandemic life, albeit in a less traditional way. As the world’s iconic museums and galleries were forced to close their doors, sales of reproductions of the classics soared. Oil painting reproduction giant – overstockArt.com – today reveals the Top 10 most popular paintings of the pandemic.
The motivator for the increase in art purchases stems from people spending more time at home, sparking an inclination to decorate. overstockArt has filled a niche, allowing people to bring into their homes what they are missing most during extended quarantine periods, lock-downs and while working from home.
Reproductions of manicured gardens with vibrant florals from Monet and Rousseau, van Gogh’s glittering stars in the night sky, Rembrandt’s crashing waves and idyllic café scenes from various artists have captured the attention of art-lovers and would-be decorators.
There may be a little more to the purchases than a simple desire to feather the nest. Scientific studies from University College London confirmed that viewing beautiful artwork increases the levels of dopamine in the brain, mimicking the same fluttering feeling we experience when falling in love.
The Top 10 selection spans the centuries, dating as far back as Rembrandt’s ‘The Storm on the Sea of Galilee’ from 1633 to as recent as ‘Nighthawks’ by American realist painter, Edward Hopper, which was completed in 1942.
The Top Ten Most Popular Oil Painting Reproductions of COVID19 are:
1. Vincent van Gogh – Sunflowers (1888)
2. Edward Hopper – Nighthawks (1942)
3. Rembrandt – The Storm on the Sea of Galilee (1633)
4. Vincent van Gogh – Cafe Terrace at Night (1888)
5. Unknown Artists – Cafe Italy
6. Johannes Vermeer – Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665)
7. Claude Monet – Pathway in Monet’s Garden at Giverny (1902)
8. Vincent van Gogh – Starry Night (1889)
9. Gustav Klimt – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907)
10. Henri Rousseau – The Dream (1910)
VP of eCommerce for overstockArt, Amitai Sasson, said “art has proven to be essential during the pandemic,” evidenced by soaring sales even during times of job losses and budget cuts.
“Since mid-March, there has been a rush on oil painting reproductions with sales more than doubling since that time.
“It’s a testament to artists, from those who hold a place in history to emerging artists of today, that art will always thrive and prosper. Its ability to soothe, unite, cross borders and ignite hope has survived one of the greatest challenges of our time, and we’re thrilled to be a part of this movement,” Amitai said.
The Top Ten List was compiled using consumer insights from overstockArt.com’s sales data and intent analysis from its millions of site visitors.
overstockArt.com is one of the web’s most successful distributors of wall décor items with the most comprehensive selection of hand painted reproduction oil paintings, contemporary artist prints, and museum frames to choose from in the online oil painting industry. The company also offers hand-painted glass ornaments, ceramic tiles and high-end Mirrors.
Founded in 2002, overstockArt.com is one the web’s leading distributors of high-quality wall art.
The online retailer has one goal: to make it easy and affordable for people to transform their space with high-end wall art. Recognized as a premiere shopping destination for hand painted fine art reproductions, overstockArt.com has expanded its offerings to include original canvas art prints, glass ornaments, ceramic tiles, and high-end mirrors.
The company also owns and operates Artist Become (ArtistBe.com), the online community for contemporary artists around the world. overstockArt.com provides a plethora of other services such as Custom Art Services, Custom Canvas Print on Demand and Custom Framing. In addition, overstockArt.com offers Free Decor Assistance and Free Commercial Decorating Services. Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, the retailer was named to Inc. Magazine’s 2010, 2011 and 2012 Inc. 5000 lists, Internet Retailer magazine’s 2012, 2014 Hot 100 list and 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Second 500 Guides, and was recognized with the STELLAService Seal for Elite customer service.
For more information, visit www.overstockArt.com.