Material focus: how to choose a canvas frame?

Material focus: how to choose a canvas frame?

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Those who love painting on canvas know this well: the choice of frame constitutes an essential step to achieve a work in optimized conditions. This frame makes it possible to stretch the canvas. Considered one of the best supports for practicing this art, the chassis is available in a multitude of models, the characteristics of which should be understood in order to choose the right chassis.

What are the different chassis formats?

In terms of format, French standards classify frame in three main categories, the only common point of which is their rectangular shape.

  • landscape format "P": this type of frame is recommended for the painting of landscapes. A frame naked format 162x114 cm displays an average price hovering around 60 euros.
  • the format figure "F": this format is particularly suitable for the production of portraits, compositions and still lifes. For example, a frame 195x130 cm nude costs around 70 euros.
  • the marine format "M": this family of frame is the longest of the three. It is recommended for the creation of seascapes and panoramas. For a frame naked in 195x97 cm format, budget between 70 and 90 euros depending on the manufacturer. European standards consider other formats: square, double square and triple square.

The price of frame varies according to their dimensions, but also their possible interlining. For a frame in small canvas canvas, the purchase price can range between 3 and 10 euros.

What type of amount to choose on a chassis?

There are two types of uprights: glued uprights or nested uprights. The frame the glued uprights are suitable for frame sizes between 0 and 6. This type of frame is becoming more and more rare, because it requires the disassembly of the canvas in the event of a problem occurring during transport or too great a hydrometric variation. Today, frame the nested amounts are more popular with artists. With wooden keys inserted in the corners, this type of frame allows to re-tension the fabric without dismantling it.