This timeless federal-style silver picture frame features a substantial width to give prominence to the art on display, with plein aire style paintings being a likely candidate for pairing with this warm silver profile. The width is 3-1/8”, and the rabbet depth is 3/4”.
Art materials that are thicker than the rabbet depth of this silver wood picture frame, such as a 3/4” stretched canvas is perfect for this frame. For this reason, stretched canvases make an excellent pairing, but other viable choices include thin canvas boards, hardboard panels, plywood paintings, and of course, matted works on paper such as prints, posters, drawings, photographs, and watercolor paintings, pastels, and other media on paper.
Genres and subject matter that complements this picture frame may vary drastically due to the versatility of clean profile lines and common contemporary applications of historic design influences, but you can’t go wrong putting a beautiful landscape in this frame.
In the past, artists such as Albert Bierstadt went on plein aire voyages to paint grand scenes in a realistic style. Other artists of the era painted portraiture in classical styles. However, plein aire paintings of today tend to feature brighter colors due to the availability of new pigments and binding materials, and this frame remains timeless and relevant in a contemporary setting.