Advanced search

Putting info on the back of a painting

(15 Posts)
t327 Fri 08-Mar-13 11:42:47

It seems the normal thing from visiting a few art shops to put a signature in the bottom right hand signature. But what about other information - does this go on the back? A title, a date (not sure that'd be just year, month/year) - do paintings scribble this on the back in ink, pencil or in the paint they've painted in. Perhaps more established artists have 'paperwork' with their paintings. And perhaps beginners do the former. Maybe it was different historically... I can imagine painters a few hundred years putting the info on the back perhaps just in case the painting got lost from its owner/painter.

t327 Wed 13-Mar-13 22:21:54


NotADragonOfSoup Thu 14-Mar-13 07:25:00

I imagine there are no rules.

Having said that, I bought a sketch in a charity shop as I wanted the frame. I actually quite like the sketch too (v v simple line drawing of a barn) and it would be nice if something had been written on the back about it.

MercedesKing Thu 14-Mar-13 07:38:53

wink I am clogged to think about the scene, guess it would be better later after I enhance my art appreciation. wink

t327 Fri 15-Mar-13 11:55:13

thanks mercedes... look forward to hearing back from you then

t327 Tue 19-Mar-13 21:03:47

i guess some painters actually probably use these boards...

t327 Thu 28-Mar-13 09:46:43


SoupDreggon Thu 28-Mar-13 14:44:34


Maybe go and ask in the art shops you visit. Or just do whatever you want.

tonyf Fri 05-Apr-13 15:54:05

i do believe a few painters use these boards. maybe they're all just hiding.

tonyf Sat 13-Apr-13 11:00:08

still hiding, it seems.

tonyf Fri 19-Apr-13 11:33:45

i guess you could wander around art shops, though if you are painting something, it'd be nice to know how things are more properly done (even if there are 'no rules').

LifeofPo Fri 19-Apr-13 11:36:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BigBoobiedBertha Fri 19-Apr-13 11:42:51

Not the same thing I know but on a quilt, which is often just a piece of art in fabric if you are showing them, you put a label on the back. It includes your name, date of completion, who it is for and the name of the quilt if you have one. At shows they are often displayed with a brief story of how they came to be, motivation, inspiration and that sort of thing.

I would think that you can put what you like on the back of a painting but I assume the same info would be useful. As to what you do it with (paint, pen, pencil etc) surely that depends on what you have drawn/painted on? I would have thought that pencil would be fine for most things as it wouldn't show through on the front.

Hopefully somebody who uses other media will be along

tonyf Thu 25-Apr-13 13:50:50

I would have thought (and that is a guess - somebody who went to art college would surely know better) that that kind of info would have been pencilled/inked/painted on the bank as a way of keeping record as much as anything.

I'm not sure what the 'done' thing is now...

tonyf Thu 02-May-13 12:00:50


Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: