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

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

by Linda S. Ferber, B. Gallali
     
 

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 movement paved the way for larger, more seriously received exhibition watercolors, and for a broad turn-of-the-century effort by… See more details below

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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 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 nation's finest collections by investigating for the first time aspects of American watercolor's 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 watercolor's early reputation as the "lighter and daintier" medium.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This catalog for a show of 150 American watercolors from the Brooklyn Museum of Art's collection of nearly 800 works is more than an exhibition monograph. It is a celebration of the museum's active participation in collecting watercolors and a reminder of its role in recognizing and establishing them as a prime American medium. In seven well-documented essays, Ferber and Gallati trace Brooklyn's role in the early purchase of works by such artists as Sargent, Homer, and major figures of the 20th century. A chronology distills events and provides a framework from which Brooklyn's contributions to art in America can be told. Some 46 black-and-white illustrations augment the 150 color plates; works range from landscapes and seascapes to figurative portraits and abstractions. Recommended for American art collections in academic and large public libraries as well as collections on New York and Brooklyn.--Ellen Bates, New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560985723
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 11.38(h) x 0.96(d)

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