STANDARD CANVAS SIZES


The most common sizes for paintings are the ones that follow ¾ formula; where the canvases width is 3/4th of the height. However, photography of art took a path on its own and uses slightly different formats.

standard sizes

Here are the list, from the smallest  (4 by 6) to the larges sizes (48 by 72) using the formula and noting the popularity and availability of premade supporting materials (such as frames) on the scale from one to five:

4 x 6 inches -  very popular - for personal photos, but not really common in art

5 x 7 inches - popular - for personal photos, but not really common in art

8 x 10 inches - popular - for personal, art prints and photography print, but not really common in art

11 x 14 inches - extremely popular - this is where we are getting into the Art sizes and there are a lot of stretched canvases available in this size, however this size is mostly used for prints, posters, photography, scathing, drawings etc.. and not commonly used for oil or acrylic paintings. There is large selection of frames available in every shape, color, material, etc… for this size.

16 x 20 inches - extremely popular – almost the same as 11x14, and the frames availability is really good, however this size is used less for drawing, scathing, etc.. but it is seen being used for paintings.

18 x 24 inches - used – There is large supplies of canvas available but it can take a little research to find a good frame for it. Not used much besides for the paintings – this is the smallest size that has right proportions for an artist to start painting, and that is why it is mostly used for that..

Keep in mind that small painting will not look good in a large room, and the monster frame added to it to make it appear larger can only go so far. The logic here is that painting with frame (or even without it) should be large enough so it will not get ‘lost’ in the room. Artwork can be displayed in smaller rooms the paintings usually go into the largest room in the house. 

Here are the list for the larger sizes and they are listed according to the availability and usage.

20 x 24 inches - used – not very common but both canvas and frames are available, occasionally still used for posters, prints.

22 x 34 inches - used – not very common but both canvas and frames are available, occasionally still used for posters, prints.

24 x 26 inches - used – not very common but both canvas and frames are available, occasionally still used for posters, prints.

30 x 40 inches - very popular – this is were paintings are getting large enough that it makes sense to use oil and create ‘professional’ artwork. Frames can be found for this size with a little research.

36 x 48 inches - very popular – this size is used a lot for the paintings, probably more so than the 30 by 40 inches, however premade frames are more difficult to find.

These are the standard print sizes available and for special orders,anything above this size is going to be a little expensive and premade frames for these wont be available. One size worth noting is the 4 by 6 feet, 48 by 72 inches. There are a good number of paintings in this size, but again something like this requires a lot of special handling – framing, shipping etc. The canvas will probably have to be custom stretched as well.
 
 
Source : http://blog.artprintsetc.com/2010/03/what-are-standard-canvas-sizes.html
 
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