Quick and affordable online appraisals of landscape paintings

Communicate directly with a qualified landscape paintings specialist and get a fair market valuation of your item, typically in 48 hours or less.

Quick and affordable online appraisals of landscape paintings

Communicate directly with a qualified landscape paintings specialist and get a fair market valuation of your item, typically in 48 hours or less.

How does it work?






How much is my landscape painting worth?

Have you recently inherited or purchased a landscape painting and want to know its value? Mearto provides quick and affordable online appraisals of landscape paintings. All you have to do is click on the “Start Appraisal” button above and follow the steps to send us information about and images of your landscape painting. One of our qualified and experienced specialists will review and get back to you with a fair market and insurance value, typically within 48 hours.

Have questions about the valuation provided, or would you like some advice about selling your landscape painting? We are here to help! Our platform allows you to chat back and forth with a specialist to ensure that all of your questions are answered. 

What is landscape painting?

Landscape painting depicts subjects in the natural world including natural scenery such as: mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, and forests. People are sometimes included in these paintings, but they are visually less significant than the environment. Note that depictions of the ocean and marine life are excluded from this list because art of this category is referred to as seascapes. 

The main traditions that are associated with landscape painting are Western and Chinese. Landscape painting peaks in Chinese traditional art as a result of the philosophical movements like Daoism. Initially, landscape painting was considered a lower canon of artistic subject matter; histories and mythologies, portraits, landscapes and still lifes, respectively. In the Western art tradition, landscape painting gains new prominence during the romantic period. 

Chinese painting is one of the oldest ongoing artistic traditions in the world. The process of creating landscape paintings is very similar to the tradition of Chinese calligraphy, using a brush dipped in inks and colored pigments. There are two main techniques of Chinese paintings: Gongbi meaning meticulous and entails precise, highly detailed brushstrokes, and shuǐ-mò meaning ink and washing painting, literati painting". Chinese painting was and mostly still is regarded as the highest form of art in the Chinese tradition.

Who are the most famous landscape painters?

Some of the best known, and most coveted by collectors, landscape artists include; English Romantic artist John Constable, who sold only twenty paintings The Lock for almost twenty-nine million dollars in 2012. Even more well known in the circle of Romantic British artists is J.M.W. Turner set a record in 2014 when his painting Rome, from Mount Aventinue sold for an unanticipated forty-seven and a half million dollars.

Perhaps the Romantic painters’ embrace of the landscape genre that paved the way for the later Expressionist and Impressionist like Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet to elevate landscapes to equal the other artistic genres. One of Claude Monet’s paintings from the Haystacks series sold for a staggering one hundred and ten million dollars in 2019. 

One of China’s best known artists is Qi Baishi. Twelve of Baishi’s paintings sold at a Beijing auction for one-hundred-and-forty-one million dollars in 2017. Some of the most famous Chinese landscape painters are from the 13th century are the Four Masters of the Yuan: Huang Gongwang, Wu Zhen, Ni Zan, and Wang Meng.

In terms of contemporary landscapes, “kitsch” landscapes grained enormous popularity with the works of artists such as Thomas Kinkade and Bob Ross. The term “kitsch” refers to art or other objects that appeal to popular tastes as opposed to the more marginalized and specific “high art” sensibilities. It is said that one out of every twenty American homes owns a painting by Kinkade and since his death in 2012, some of his paintings have begun to increase in value.

The same can be said for Bob Ross who is said to have created more than 30,000 paintings, the more popular ones are going to be worth more. Determining the authentication of a Bob Ross painting can be dubious since his paintings were created as a part of his painting instructional videos. Buying one can be just as dubious since his paintings were widely copied by viewers. Generally speaking, if you find one that is available for under $500, it is likely not authentic. 

What are some of the most well-known schools of landscape painting?


  • Southern School, 8th–16th centuries, also known as the literati school
  • Four Masters of the Yuan Dynasty
  • Four Masters of the Ming Dynasty
  • Six Masters of the early Qing period, including the Four Wangs


Pre–19th century

  • Danube school

19th and 20th century

  • American Barbizon school
  • American Impressionism
  • Amsterdam Impressionism
  • Barbizon School
  • Düsseldorf school of painting
  • Etching revival
  • Fauvism
  • Group of Seven (Canada)
  • Hague School
  • Heidelberg School (Australia)
  • Hoosier Group
  • Hudson River School
  • Impressionism
  • Luminism (American)
  • Luminism (Impressionism)
  • Macchiaioli
  • Neo-Impressionism
  • Norwich School
  • Peredvizhniki
  • Pont-Aven School
  • Post-Impressionism
  • Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
  • The Ten
  • Tonalism
  • White Mountain art
  • Land art

What factors influence the value of a landscape painting?

Certainly the most powerful influence of value on a painting is the artist, but age, region of origin, and materials can also influence the value of paintings. Generally speaking, landscape paintings from earlier centuries are usually more valuable. Despite landscape painting having been considered a “lower” genre of art, paintings from the Medieval and Renaissance periods can both be incredibly beautiful and valuable. By the same token, landscapes from later periods, including Impressionist and Post Impressionist are also highly valued.


Lindsey Bourret is the Managing Director at Mearto. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the business, she also enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge of the fine art and antiques market with our customers through our website, blog, e-newsletter and social media accounts.

Where can I sell my landscape paintings?

We offer opportunities to sell your appraised items on the Mearto Marketplace. Our specialists can help you set an appropriate asking price, which results in more serious offers from potential buyers. There are no listing fees and you pay only a small transaction fee when your item sells.

Customers with items valued over $5000 can also take advantage of our complimentary Consignment Concierge service and receive offers from auction houses all over the world.

Ready to get started? Submit your item for an online appraisal to find out how much it’s worth and we will help you from there!

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