So you want to get your hands on some great value, watercolor art right? Well I think the selections below may fit your fancy. If you consider yourself an intellectual and you carefully and naturally critique every aspect of an art piece before you buy, this is the place for you. And, if you would desire to know the origin of where these wonderful watercolor specimens came into being, then I will give you a brief explication of the watercolor concept.
Watercolor painting is quite old. It is theorized by prominent authorities to have existed since the early stone age. Around the same time, in Europe when watercolors were in use, this method was usurped in the Middle-east area, specifically in ancient Egypt.
Watercolors came into the modern, more widely known mainstream society during the renaissance that began in the 17th century and went on for another three-hundred years. During this time in Germany, the country enjoyed some of the most esteemed and fine watercolor depictions. They were fashioned to reflect animals, trees, and other basic nature derived creations.
Watercolors, were generally used as book illustrations or cartoons. Such methods were eventually used as visual renditions in museums or travel guides in rural stop points.
Migration and Evolution
From the German province, watercolors found their way to nearby England. It was at this time, that the method was elevated to the esoteric, elitist state. It went hand-in-hand with what what was considered proper educational etiquette. Watercolor adopted a wide use of purpose. It was used to portray topographical visuals for scientific study. It was even incorporated in the military quadrant like maps. It encompassed such accuracy and clarity, it was used for building physical structures.
A very significant art oriented work of multi-volume set of books came into existence during the close of the 18th century. In these works a single man named William Gilpin visually conveyed richly and well rounded copies of his excursions of the uninhabited, wild lands of England.
This sole work was a catalyst that spurned on a revolution of use. As the multifaceted application of watercolors was growing, it was well its way to the art of the day. Virtually every practical mode that involved visual necessity such as field research was incorporated.
Significant Art Composers
As is evident from above, many people contributed to the the present function and popularity of watercolor art. An Englishman by the name of Paul Sandby was a prime proponent figure in the 19th century. He began his official career as a military surveyor of war compounds and bridges. Amidst the commission, he then prided his life in undertaking the post-Scottish rebellion. After taking leave of his military duties, he retired to Windsor Great Park. Here he let loose and relished the natural wonders of the province from top to bottom: buildings, forests and all.
Thomas Girtin was an artist who portrayed wide scaled, deep detailed nature captions. His works were truly awesome and they depicted monolithic buildings and labyrinths. His panoramic layout that brought in so much natural content, was second to none.
During his young life he became a pupil of Edward Dayes, a veritable watercolor artist. After a series of brief occurrences after leaving the tutelage of his master, he married a young girl named Ann Borrett. Roughly from late 1801 to early 1802 he spent almost six months in Paris. After creating exquisite pieces of landscape art he died soon after his induction into Twenty Views of Paris and its Environs.
English born painter William Turner composed over 200 Pieces. He generally excelled in very animated real and imagined depictions like monuments of the past such as villas, castles, busy concourses lined with building structures. Much of his water color works mirrored the unusual imagined realm of fantasy in all its grandiose wonder.
Most of his concoctions are pictures caught in attractive, and lively aquatic sea captions. Typically they were very cataclysmic and full of poses in vibrant motion. This key composer in watercolor art often usurped the element of mist and thick clouds in his environments. A good example is Turner’s Calias Pier applied to canvas in 1801, held in London’s National Gallery.
I hope you find these following pristine watercolor art pieces to fit your palate. I also hope you enjoyed this short excursion into the history and method of watercolor art added to your personal knowledge.
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This is a favorite three-piece set of mine. Notice the simplicity and rugged shading. It is perfect for placing over inconspicuous spots like above toilets or to put along the right or left side of a narrow hallway. It is easy on the eyes and thus very calming and has a seamless fluidity. It is good to hang on rich, full textured white backgrounds. It is hand handmade and is a nice touch to lightly accent medium lighted rooms.
This watercolor piece reminds me of the vibrant “in-your-face” tenor of contemporary art. The colors mix together to meld into a somewhat abstract imprint. The wooden background adds to the rough contour of the painting. This work really displays an aged essence and it keeps the original emotion intact with each glance. It almost has a resin like appearance to it with how the colors “drip” together.
If atlases, maps, and globe works are your niche, this is a premium five piece set that delivers a nostalgic emotion from its aged, still appearance. This picture is also reflective of abstract, blended palate of colors that uses an attractive general blotchy portrayal of the world powers. To me it is a prime example of fine art as it is not mean to accurately give location boundaries or that are clearly distinct. Rather it is composed to give an pure, overall visual experience of rugged beauty of our world.