Peter Osborne

Uncover The Stories Behind The Paintings

Renowned Copyist Peter Osborne spent over 40 years in the commercial art world and has the unique ability to reproduce a variety of works from world-renowned artists such as Gustav Klimt, Van Gogh, Degas, Francis Bacon, the list is endless.
Yes he really can 'copy' your most favourite artwork of all time!

Peter's work sits comfortably amongst the 20th-century art forgers such as John Myatt and Keating to name but a few!
He specialises his approach to each piece down to the perfection and application of the techniques used to create the original versions of his works.
Meticulous research is done to ascertain the dimensions, the medium and colours employed, as well as depth of paint, colour accuracy and style of application.




Check out Peter's collection of works and the stories behind the pieces.



Peter Osborne - GREEN VIOLINIST - Marc Chagall

This 1923-24 painting by Marc Chagall is now in the permanent collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The work depicts a fiddler as the central figure who appears to be floating or dancing above the much smaller rooftops of the misty grey village below. The subject matter: a brightly painted fiddler floating above the rooftops of a traditional village, hints at Chagall's roots in Russian Hassidic Judaism, where the musician would be the central figure at public events and celebrations. The cultural connotations are so clear-cut that it is said this painting strongly inspired the 1964 Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof.





The original Sprig Of Flowering Almond In a Glass was painted by Van Gogh in 1888.
When Van Gogh arrived in Arles, there was still snow on the ground. On 2nd March, he wrote to his brother, 'There’s a hard frost here, and out in the country there’s still snow. I have a study of a whitened landscape with the town in the background. And then 2 little studies of a branch of an almond tree that’s already in flower despite everything.'
After this, Van Gogh began work on a large series of paintings of flowering orchards: almond, peach, plum and pear trees.






 Peter Osborne - Vermeer - Girl With A Pearl Earring,

The model is suggested to be the artists eldest daughter, Maria. Some historians argue she in fact painted a fifth of the work attributed to Vermeer. The uncertainty around his daughter inspired Chevalier's alternative best-selling novel to provide a fictional answer. Her story of the family maid becoming the artists love interest was so entrancing that it was later made into a film staring Scarlett Johansson.







 This work by Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) is among the first in a series of nine surviving portraits he created of Anna (Hanka) Zborowska. The canvas was completed in 1917, just three years before the artist’s tragic death, aged 35, in Paris.

Known also as the Lady with a collar, the work has echoes of 14th century Sienese painting, with its elongated face and neck, a sculptural style which Modigliani made all his own. With the exception of her fanned-out high white collar and amber brooch at the base of her swan neck, there is little decoration to distract from Hanka’s detached gaze. In the top right corner, “Anna” is written in loose black capital letters, barely visible against the brown background.

Modigliani's piece has also been the inspiration behind cinematic figures. Filmmaker Andy Muschietti revealed the lady to be the inspiration behind both Mama in 'Mama'; and Judith in 'IT'.





Matchstick Men & Matchstick Cats & Dogs


Instantly recognisable as Lowry's, these paintings are like snapshots from one of the artist’s very famous, large industrial landscapes. The compositions are tightly cropped, and the images focus closely on the figures that usually inhabit Lowry’s larger landscapes, their clothing and faces viewed in more detail.

The artist was insistent on the fact that many of his portraits were based on real people he saw in and around Greater Manchester whilst working as a rent collector.




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