As one of the premier purchasers of precious metals, musical instruments, militaria and jewelry in the world, Treasure Hunters Roadshow has become accustomed to unearthing an assortment of long-lost treasures and restoring them to their rightful glory within their network of world-wide collectors.

A special group of art authorities will be joining the treasure-hunting crew as they hit the road this week and they will be keeping their eyes peeled for the forgotten works of great American painters, photographers, sculptors and comic artists. The THR associates will continue their quest for these fine art collectibles as Treasure Hunters Roadshow TV gears up for another season.

What continues to be a lasting legacy among collectors is the wish for classic items by masters such as Edward Hopper, Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Cole, even with American art encompassing a selection of mediums and spanning a handful of centuries. All of these great artists had been involved with landscape painting but found notoriety and fame in their distinctive styles.

Landscape painting as a genre can be traced back to the Dutch Golden Age of the 16th century, when the Protestant Revolution caused religious artwork to give way to a a lot more secular subject matter. Intricate landscapes had long been a background staple of the portraits commissioned by wealthy European businessmen in Europe. As the Enlightenment lurched forward, the Romantic painters of the 18th and 19th century started to paint landscape images in an effort to counter the scientific view and gave nature a mythical feeling.

Documentation by way of photographs and paintings started to spread in the United States as news of the vast and unspoiled landscapes of the West spread. Some industrial tycoons commissioned them to depict the increasing presence of modern life in the West, while other paintings served as a harsh reminder of the sacrifice of progress.

The works of the Hudson River School artists are of specific interest to the Treasure Hunters Roadshow experts. Thomas Moran’s work was influential in compelling Congress to establish the first national park to maintain the natural splendor for future generations, while Thomas Cole painted his pieces on larger-than-life canvasses to capture the epic magnitude of the wilderness and Albert Bierstadt concentrated his work on the humbling powers of nature.

As painters started to depict gritty scenes of city and urban life at the start of the 19th century, landscape painting faded away. Modern-day landscape painters pulled their influence from European artistic movements, such as abstract expressionism or cubism. Also of interest to THR art authorities are the works of Edward Hopper, an iconic American painter who captured scenes of mundane life through vivid lighting and gentle brushstrokes.

Paintings of street life in the inner city and other consequences of the Industrial Revolution would later gain other American artists global recognition. Documenting the struggle of daily Americans throughout the Great Depression allowed photographers to establish themselves. A slew of American artists, such as Roy Lichtenstein, made a splash on the world stage with their influential styles when the modern art revolution hit.

Possible sellers of the works of these or other great artists can visit the Treasure Hunters Roadshow events website page to locate an event coming to their region for a free evaluation by one of the fine arts gurus.


 


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