Created by Dan Robbins in the 1950s, Paint by Numbers kits were a cultural phenomenon that was embraced by millions of aspiring artists. A cross between a colouring book and a painting, these kits enabled even a novice painter to become a fine artist. The concept was inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci, who used numbered patterns on canvas to teach his apprentices how to paint. Through these kits, Robbins made painting accessible to all, ‘Every man a Rembrandt’ as the packaging said. The finished paintings from the '50s and '60s are now sought after collectors items. We have photographed our five favourites from that era and turned them into these incredible jigsaw puzzles.
This 1000 piece, 27" x 20" (68.6 x 50.8 cm) rectangular puzzle is a Paint by Numbers mountainous landscape with rich green foothills and a waterfall. The original kit titled ‘Majestic Peaks’ contained 24 oil colours which made it among the more simplified of the kits. The finished painting was created by an unknown artist whose personal technique of loose brush strokes add a soft texture to the typically hard edged shapes.
The difficulty level of this puzzle is hard. The large number of colours and small details of the painting make this puzzle a satisfying challenge.
pieces : 1000 size : 27" x 20" (68.6 x 50.8 cm) rectangular difficulty : 4 / 5