Watercolor and Pastel Artists at CHAW
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.