This page is called ‘antique masters’ as in theory, ‘old master’ applies only to artists who were fully trained, were ‘Masters’ of their local artists’ guild, and worked independently, but were pre-19th Century. In practice, paintings produced by pupils or workshops are often included in the scope of the term. Therefore, beyond a certain level of competence, date rather than quality is the criterion for using the term. And that date is pre-1800, So ‘antique’ is the chosen term here.
Grierson Galleries is proud to provide paintings from established British and Continental landscapes of 19th and early 20th Century. All the paintings are from professional artists who were well known in their time, mostly indexed, and were highly sought after.
During this time in art history, landscape traditions of painters were developing in such a way as to revolutionize the painters’ outlook towards the aesthetics of the ‘view’ in the 19th Century, not just in England, but throughout Europe. Taking it away from the background to idealistic high art subjects and bringing it to the foreground of reality. The century was essentially an age dominated by landscape-painters (and seascape artists), and the most important developments in figure-painting were the result of applying the landscape-painters’ less defined outlook to figure-subjects.
It is important to note that only 100 years before this period, landscape was not considered a genre and was still looked down on as needing the narration of figures
Many come with their original frame or equivalent.
All the artists we deal with have seen their prices reach much higher than now, many into tens of thousands. But that could change. Much like crafted antique furniture, prices have fallen sharply over the last decade. However, the craftsmanship among our represented artists remains exceptional, all of whom would have been feted at the time. All prices include any necessary canvas restoration work, provided prior to presentation.