Art History - The Palette as a Painting Support

There is a long tradition of painting thumbnail sketches and even fully realized paintings directly on wooden palettes. Paintings rendered on iconic kidney-shaped boards range from careful renderings, improvised sketches and collaborations between dozens of painters.

Franciszek Ejsmond, Palette with a young gypsy (Odalisque), 1894

19th century palette embellished on both front and back with images by seventy different European artists.

Wilhelm Velten, Riding Out to the Hunt

Giovanni Battista Castagneto- Decorated Artist's Palette, 1885

LĂ©on Bonnat- The Hand of Antoine Louis Barye, 1897

Camille Pissarro- The Artist's Palette with a Landscape, c.1878

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