I am currently visiting the UK and Ireland on a holiday and have just been to see the Watercolour Exhibition at the Tate Britain Gallery in London
What a wonderful exhibition. It covers the history of watercolour in Great Britain and treats such topics as:
- History of watercolour paints and pigments including Gum Arabic and other binders
- History of watercolour paper and its manufacture
- Watercolour brushes and other tools and materials
- Developments of watercolour techniques flat wash, scraping, dry brush, etc
- Use in botanical art
- Use in recording biological subjects e.g. birds and animals
- Art of representational landscapes
- Watercolour during the war
- Watercolour through the ages and how its use has developed from a tool to render quick sketches and topographical studies to a fully fledged artistic medium
- Development of Exhibition watercolours
- Watercolour landscape paintings
- Modern and abstract art with watercolour
The above topics are all supported with wonderful watercolor paintings through the ages including some great work by J.M.W.Turner, Alfred William Hunt, John Fredrick Lewis, John Sell Cotman through to more contemporary artists.
If you get to London I highly recommend you visit this exhibition!