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Do you own any American painting? Are you curious to know what they are worth? Our Experts can provide a free appraisal to give you an estimate of the market price, then help you to ensure the best possible price should you decide to sell.

Origin of American painting

American painting is one of the first arts developed in the United States by the first settlers and their successors, from the 17th century onwards. In modern times, European artists crossed the Atlantic and created the first paintings on the soil of what was then called the Thirteen Colonies. Works from the Old Continent remained models until the beginning of the 20th century. Gradually, they joined private collections and American museums. While American painters left to study English, French, German or Italian art, the reputation of artists was taking shape. The Second World War marked a turning point: the United States, the leading financial power, and New York in particular, became a dynamic centre that attracted European artists and established itself as a real hotbed of artistic creation with the likes of Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Characteristics of paintings by American painters 

The themes of American painting have followed the history of the country and the evolution of its society: portraits of the colonial elite in the 17th and 18th centuries, landscapes and common people in the 19th century, technical progress and city life, realism and modernism in the 1900s, then abstraction in the post-war years. In the 80s and 90s, new artists emerged who are highly regarded today. This includes Christopher Wool with his stencil paintings/texts, Richard Prince (also a photographer) with his sexy nurses, and George Condo with his big-eared burlesque characters. Not to mention Susan Rothenberg, Glenn Brown, John Currin, Sean Scully or Mark Grotjahn and Joan Semmel with her nude self-portraits. The blue-chip names like Warhol, Basquiat, Lichtenstein or Rothko make for successful days at the auction houses. Only experts are aware of certain details that affect the price.

Price of an American painting

The value of American paintings varies according to a range of criteria that experts understand. To give you an idea, among the 10 most expensive paintings ever sold in the history of the art market, most come from American painters. Indeed, on the art market, American artists hold the top spot. For example, Christopher Wool’s paintings can fetch over $20 million, over $13 million for artist Peter Doig, over $70 million for artist Damien Hirst, over $2 million for Anselm Kiefer, over $16 million for Californian Mark Gotjahn, and $9 million for artist Adrian Ghenie.

How do we appraise your American painting?

Requesting an online valuation of your painting is simple and entirely free of charge. You just need to complete our appraisal form with a brief description and some photos. This information will be sent directly to one of our American painting experts who will provide you with a price range and sales advice.

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If you own an American painting, use our online form for a free appraisal.

You will then be contacted by a member of our team of experts and auctioneers to give you an independent opinion of the market price. Should you wish to sell your painting, our specialists will also advise you on the various options available for selling at the best price.

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