Loading Spinner

Landscape Pencil Drawings

Landscape pencil drawings have been created for centuries due to the medium's unique ability to capture chiaroscuro and fine detail. The finely sharpened graphite end of the pencil gives artists the ability to render their landscape in taxonomic detail or use gestural freedom.

While mentions of a writing implement with a graphite core date back to the 16th century, the modern pencil likely did not emerge until the 18th century. Comparatively speaking, pencil drawings of every sort are a recent addition to the world of fine art.

Artists ranging from Paul Gauguin to David Hockney have contributed compelling landscape drawings in both monochromatic graphite and vibrant shades of colored pencil. Many artists prize pencil for its artistic connotations as well as its expressive possibilities. It is a medium that is unpretentious, enjoying equal popularity by children and master artists. But in the hands of a competent draftsman, pencil can be transformed into a medium of incredible precision and fluidity.


Quick Facts

  • While Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet are best known for their paintings, many also created their most acclaimed subjects as pencil drawings. These include works such as Monet’s views of the Normandy coast
  • Celebrated contemporary artist Gerhard Richter creates pencil works that blur the distinctions between abstraction and landscape drawings
  • "Landscape with Cows" by French Impressionist artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot featuring pencil on paper sold at Christie’s in 2014 for more than $11,000

Recommended Items at Auction

See all items

American School - Philipsburg Manor Upper Mills
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
American School - Philipsburg Manor Upper Mills
by Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $150- $250
$1002 Bids
George Ahgupuk (1911-2001 Alaska) "Alaska Cache" Small Ink Drawing Framed- 4.75x10.75"
Apr 19, 12:00 PM PDT
George Ahgupuk (1911-2001 Alaska) "Alaska Cache" Small Ink Drawing Framed- 4.75x10.75"
by District Auction
Est: $0- $0
$122 Bids
bp parity badge
VALERIE GRAVES "TAOS MOUNTAINS" (DIPTYCH) PASTEL ON PAPER
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
VALERIE GRAVES "TAOS MOUNTAINS" (DIPTYCH) PASTEL ON PAPER
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$352 Bids
ALLOM (Thomas), GREPPI (Alessandro) et al.
Apr 24, 2:00 PM CEST
ALLOM (Thomas), GREPPI (Alessandro) et al.
by Alde
Est: €400- €500
€4001 Bid
2 drawings from Rochester NY, signed and dated
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
2 drawings from Rochester NY, signed and dated
by Schultz Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Roy C. Fox Drawing (1908-1993)
Apr 18, 5:00 PM EDT
Roy C. Fox Drawing (1908-1993)
by East Coast Books
Est: $100- $150
$401 Bid
bp parity badge
RALPH HOLMES "ALCOTRAZ" PENCIL ON PAPER
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
RALPH HOLMES "ALCOTRAZ" PENCIL ON PAPER
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
LLOYD REES (1895-1988), The Slopes of Mount Saddleback II 1972
Apr 21, 12:00 PM AEST
LLOYD REES (1895-1988), The Slopes of Mount Saddleback II 1972
by Gibson's
Est: AUD3,000- AUD5,000
AUD2,8001 Bid
Serene Creek Chalk Pastel Landscape
Apr 21, 9:00 AM MST
Serene Creek Chalk Pastel Landscape
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Otto Stark (1859-1926)
May 05, 1:00 PM EDT
Otto Stark (1859-1926)
by Jacksons Auction & Real Estate Company
Est: $500- $1,000
$2501 Bid
Kurt Mühlenhaupt (1921 Klein Ziescht - Zehdenick 2006)
May 04, 2:00 PM CEST
Kurt Mühlenhaupt (1921 Klein Ziescht - Zehdenick 2006)
by AaG Auktionshaus am Grunewald
Est: €300- €400
€3001 Bid
GRIM NATWICK American 1890-1990 Ink on Paper
Apr 21, 9:00 AM MST
GRIM NATWICK American 1890-1990 Ink on Paper
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
bp parity badge
ACHILLE LAUGÉ (1861-1944) Le chemin de village, avec genêts en fleurs (Cailhau) ()
Apr 18, 4:00 PM BST
ACHILLE LAUGÉ (1861-1944) Le chemin de village, avec genêts en fleurs (Cailhau) ()
by Bonhams
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£1001 Bid
SEYMOUR REMENICK (1923-1999)
May 11, 11:00 AM EDT
SEYMOUR REMENICK (1923-1999)
by John McInnis Auctioneers
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
bp parity badge
ERIC MICHAELS "MORNING IN THE VILLAGE" PASTEL ON PAPER
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
ERIC MICHAELS "MORNING IN THE VILLAGE" PASTEL ON PAPER
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
A pencil drawing of Albert I 1934 and oil on canvas Leopold 1935, signed
Apr 20, 11:00 AM CEST
A pencil drawing of Albert I 1934 and oil on canvas Leopold 1935, signed
by Maison Jules Veilinghuis
Est: €200- €400
€2001 Bid
Robert Forbes, Missouri (b. 1948), Clayton, 1981, ink and pencil on paper
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CDT
Robert Forbes, Missouri (b. 1948), Clayton, 1981, ink and pencil on paper
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Landscape Pencil Drawings


Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG

Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG

Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen

Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen

Lyon & Turnbull

Lyon & Turnbull

Alde

Alde