Oil Painting Canvas Size & Format Comparisons.

The canvases used most often for hand painted museum oil painting reproductions on canvas or portrait oil painting from photos is based on the most popular standard canvas sizes. Painting on standard size canvases makes it simple for you to purchase pre-made frames from picture-framing shops for your reproduction oil painting on canvas.

The Advantages of Using Standard Art Canvas Sizes?

Standard art canvas sizes will make your decor look more organized and classic when hanging more than one painting. With standard size reproduction oil paintings on canvas, it is easier to create different compositions on your wall. You can browse for your favorite artwork from the great masters by artist, color or subject, or by art movement or even from the artist biography in measurements that will fit your home or business decor. To help you with this, look at our wall art mock-up photo page to see what a hand-painted reproduction oil painting of a celebrated artist looks like in your home or office. We use the standard sizes for our portrait oil painting, pet portraits and house portraits. To see our painting process visit our studio or our artists pages. If you need a custom size we will be happy to do it, just contact us with your ideas or visit our made to order oil paintings page.

In general, the normal sizes are the ones that follow a 3/4 formula. The height is 3/4 of the width for horizontal (landscape) works of art or the width is 3/4 of the height for vertical (portrait) paintings. Keep the picture frame size an average of 1/6th of the canvas artworks width or height.

Hand painted replicas in oil on canvas with a picture frame or even without one, ought to be large enough so it will not get lost in a room. Remember, a little canvas won't look good in a large room by itself. The smaller the artwork, the better it will look with a wider picture frame border. For all works of art, always check how deep the frame is, make sure it can accommodate the canvas on the stretching bar.

The Difference between using Linen or Cotton Duck Canvases?

Linen is difficult to prime and to stretch for wall art, but it has the smoothest and stiffest painting surfaces. Cotton duck canvas is the most well known for painting and is likewise less demanding, is more adaptable to stretch, and more flexible than linen, but not good for very large artwork.

The photo sizes shown below is based only on the canvas dimension, excluding the picture frame. The couch is 7 feet (2.1m) for size comparisons.

Vertical (or Portrait) Painting.

24x18 vertical portrait painting

24x18in (60x45cm)

30x24 vertical portrait size oil canvas

30x24in (75x60cm)

40x30 vertical portrait size painting

40x30in (100x75cm)

48x36 vertical portrait in oil

48x36in (122x90cm)

Horizontal (or Landscape).

18x24 horizontal landscape oil painting canvas

18x24in (45x60cm)

24x30 horizontal landscape size canvas

24x30in (60x75cm)

30x40 horizontal landscape canvas

30x40in (75x100cm)

36x48 horizontal landscape painting

36x48in (90x122cm)

A Horizontal or Vertical Panorama Painting.

12x24 horizontal panorama painting

12x24in (30x60cm)

16x32 horizontal panorama painting

16x32in (40x80cm)

20x40 horizontal panorama oil canvas

20x40in (50x100cm)

24x48 vertical panorama

24x48in (60x122cm)

24x12 vertical panorama canvas

24x12in (60x30cm)

32x16 vertical panorama painting

32x16in (80x40cm)

40x20 vertical panorama

40x20in (75x100cm)

48x24 vertical panorama oil painting

48x24in (90x122cm)

A Square Canvas.

20x20 square canvas

20x20in (50×50cm)

24x24 square oil painting

24x24in (60x60cm)

30x30 square painting

30x30in (75x75cm)

40x40 square

40x40in (100x100cm)

The size should relate to where it is placed and its surroundings.

Best sizes for small rooms (bathroom or kitchen):

  • 12 × 16 in (30 × 40cm)
  • 16 × 20 in (40 × 50cm)
  • 18 x 24 in (45 x 60cm)
  • 24 x 18 in (60 x 45cm)
  • 12 x 24 in (30 x 60cm)

Best proportions for medium size rooms (bedroom or dining room):

  • 16 × 20 in (40 × 50 cm)
  • 20 × 24 in (50 × 60 cm)
  • 20 × 20 in (50 × 50 cm)
  • 24 × 24 in (60 × 60 cm)
  • 24 x 30 in (60 x 75 cm)
  • 30 x 24 in (75 x 60 cm)
  • 16 x 32 in (40 x 80 cm)
  • 20 x 40 in (50 x 100 cm)

Best dimensions for larger rooms (living room or family room):

  • 20 × 24 in (50 × 60 cm)
  • 24 × 36 in (60 × 90 cm)
  • 30 × 40 in (75 x 100 cm)
  • 40 x 30 in (100 x 75 cm)
  • 36 x 48 in (90 x 122 cm)
  • 48 x 36 in (122 x 90 cm)
  • 30 × 30 in (75 x 75 cm)
  • 36 × 36 in (60 x 60 cm)
  • 40 × 40 in (100 x 100 cm)
  • 24 x 48 in (60 x 122 cm)

Finally, we have created a very interesting Then and Now, plus Tilt-Shift painting photo section comparing the real oil painting locations with the artwork and making them into tilt-shift photos.