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New Exhibition Investigates the Rise of Watercolor in the United States

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New Exhibition Investigates the Rise of Watercolor in the United States

Big Springs in Yellowstone Park, a Watercolor painting on paper, is one of the paintings on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, traces the history of watercolor in America

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PHILADELPHIA- How did Watercolor become a major art medium in America? American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art attempts to answer this question. Featuring rarely seen works by famous artists like Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent, the show traces the growth of the medium through stunning landscapes, illustrations, designs for ceramics and stained glass. It also reveals how the American Watercolor Society formed in 1866, changed the mind of artists, who considered the medium as something for amateurs, women, and commercial artists.

This is perhaps the most comprehensive exhibition focused on the most important chapter in the history of watercolor in America. More than 170 paintings drawn from museums and private collections bring context to this important exhibition, featuring rarely seen masterpieces.  At the core of the exhibition are two of the most influential practitioners of the medium: Winslow Homer (1836-1910) and John Sargent (1856-1925).

Others artists who embraced the medium and whose works are part of the show include John La Farge, Thomas Moran, William Trost Richards, Thomas Eakins, and George Inness. Many of the paintings show innovation, experimentation, and bold new ways of seeing the world.

The exhibition runs from March 1, 2017 – May 14, 2017, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Splash of Sunshine and Rain (Piazza San Marco, Venice), by American artist Maurice B. Prendergast, is one watercolor paintings on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Maurice B. Prendergast, American, 1858-1924, Splash of Sunshine and Rain (Piazza San Marco, Venice), 1899. Image: Philadelphia Museum of Art

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