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Masters of Color and Light: Homer, Sargent, and the American Watercolor Movement Linda S. Ferber

Masters of Color and Light: Homer, Sargent, and the American Watercolor Movement

Linda S. Ferber

Published March 17th 1998
ISBN : 9781560985723
Hardcover
223 pages
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In the 1870s and 1880s, artists societies promoted watercolors as attractive, decorative, inexpensive alternatives to oils, successfully elevating them to the mainstream of American art. Based in New York City, this American watercolor movementMoreIn the 1870s and 1880s, artists societies promoted watercolors as attractive, decorative, inexpensive alternatives to oils, successfully elevating them to the mainstream of American art. Based in New York City, this American watercolor movement paved the way for larger, more seriously received exhibition watercolors, and for a broad turn-of-the-century effort by public institutions - among them the Brooklyn Museum of Art - to acquire American works in the medium. Highlighting 150 paintings that span nearly two centuries, this richly illustrated volume documents the origin and development of one of the nations finest collections by investigating for the first time aspects of American watercolors patronage and critical reception. Less often displayed than oils because of their sensitivity to light, watercolors nevertheless have enjoyed a lively, complex history. Illuminating well-known works as well as many that have never before been reproduced, Masters of Color and Light showcases an array of paintings that range far beyond watercolors early reputation as the lighter and daintier medium.