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American Watercolorists at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Last week I went to Philly to see the exhibit “American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent.” I learned that until the late 19th century, watercolors didn’t rate as a medium of serious artists. It pretty much sums it up to say that watercolors were thought to be a medium used predominately by women.

But that all started to change in 1867, after the brand-new American Watercolor Society of America sponsored an exhibition in New York City. The first-of-its-kind show drew big crowds and big sales, and watercolor as a serious medium came into its own.

Nevermind the history. The Philadelphia show is huge, with 170 amazing pieces. It closes May 14.

Here are a few of my favorites.

Winslow Homer Boy Fishing

Winslow Homer: Boy Fishing. I was amazed at how he was able to paint the curve in the fishing pole. Well, other things amazed me, too, but I just thought I would mention that.

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John Singer Sargent: Muddy Alligators.

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John Singer Sargent: Gondoliers’ Siesta.

Maurice B prendergast-splash-of-sunshine-and-rain

Maurice Prendergast: Splash of Sunshine and Rain. This painting depicts the piazza outside St. Mark’s in Venice. The reflections in the water were fantastic–this photo doesn’t do it justice. 

 

 

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Winslow Homer: Diamond Shoal.

Marian Wiseman
Watercolorist

 

 

 

 

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One comment on “American Watercolorists at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

  1. Roger Johnson
    April 24, 2017

    Very nice paintings Marian……thanks for sharing.

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