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Get to know many of watercolor’s master artists.

"Guide Carrying a Deer" (1891)
14" x 20-1/16" - Watercolor on wove paper

American Born in Boston is 1836, Winslow Homer is one of the most notable figures in Civil War era American art. Working as an apprentice to a local lithographer at age 19, and …
"In a Mexican Market"
Image Size: 18 1/2" x 25 1/2" Paper Size: 24" x 30 1/2"

American Tom Hill was born in 1925 in Texas. Tom is a noted representational watercolorist of southwest landscapes and Mexican and cowboy figures. “A lot of people feel that watercolor is a ‘lightweight’ …
"Isles of Shoals Garden -
Appledore, New Hampshire" (ca. 1895)
10" x 7 3/4" - Watercolor on paper

American “Childe Hassam had the marvelous facility of painting almost every nuance of color his eye could see. Or so it seems. This he appeared to do effortlessly, though it was hardly the …
"The White House, Chelsea" (1800)
Tate Gallery

English “Thomas Girtin together with his friend J. M. W. Turner, revolutionized watercolour painting and introduced the romantic style in English landscape painting. (Like Keats and Shelley, he died young.) Colour in broad …
"Baseball Players Practicing" (1875)
10.825" x 12.825" - Watercolor on paper
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

American Thomas Eakins was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1844. Between 1866 and 1870 he traveled to europe to study under Jean-Leon Gerome and L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Having his own classical skills reinforced, …
"Wing of a Roller" (ca.1512)
Watercolor and gouche on vellum. 20 x 20 cm
Graphische Sammlung, Vienna

German Albrecht Dürer carefully kept sketchbooks and reference drawings and paintings for personal use throughout his career. Dürer’s watercolor sketches of “mountains and river scenery anticipated the art of landscape painting.” He was …
Phil-Dike-Book-Cover

American Phil Dike was born in Redlands, California in the year of the great San Francisco earthquake. When he was 17 he attended the Chouinard Art Institute on scholarship and by 1929 after …
"Still Life with Apples and a Green Glass" (1925)
Watercolor over pencil on paper.
The Art Institute of Chicago

American Charles Demuth has been described by author Andrew Carnduff Ritchie as “Elegant, witty, frivolous, dandified, shy, kind, gentle, amusing…” Coming from rather wealthy circumstances and suffering a delicate health and lameness, Charles …
"A Criminal Case" (ca. 1860)
Watercolor and bodycolor with pen
and brown ink and black chalk

French Honoré Daumier was a French caricaturist, painter, and sculptor. In his lifetime he was known chiefly as a brilliant political and social satirist and draftsman, but since his death recognition of his …
"Venice Evening"
watercolor, 9 1/3" x 12 1/2"

American J.W.S. Cox is known for having first “invented” and explored the full possibilities of the wet-on-wet watercolor technique, the technique of painting on water saturated paper. Cox was born on May 18, …
"Greta Bridge" (1807)
23cm x 33cm - 9" x 13"

English “John Sell Cotman was born in Norwich, the son of a shopkeeper who turned from hairdressing to haberdashery. He came to London to further his artistic education in 1798, and soon became …
"San Trovaso" (1974) - Watercolor

Mexican/American Mario Cooper’s painting style was based in playful design with a modern southwestern twist. Born in Mexico City, he was raised in Los Angeles and ultimately studied at Columbia University and the …
"Still Life with Watermelon and Pomegranates" (1900-1906)
Watercolor and pencil on paper - 12" x 18 1/2"

French Paul Cézanne was born on January 19, 1839, in Aix-en-Provence, France. While in school, he had become an intimate friend of fellow artist Emile Zola. After a failed return to law school …
"September Wind and Rain" (1949)
24" x 48" watercolor, mounted on board

American Watercolorist Charles Ephraim Burchfield was one of America’s most original and visionary watercolor artists. Best known for his romantic, often fantastic depictions of nature, Burchfield developed a unique style of watercolor painting …
"The Brothers Light" - 18" x 24" Watercolor

American A gifted watercolorist, Rex Brandt hailed from San Diego, California. A year before graduation from UC Berkley in 1936, his influential work was recognized by the publishers of Who’s Who and the …