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Watercolour Paintings

You might think of watercolor painting as delicate, soft-colored pigments suspended in water, blending softly into paper. But in reality, watercolor is far more complex than this initial description. From travel diaries to abstract compositions, watercolor art lends itself not only to a variety of styles but is also used in combination with other techniques such as ink, drawing and collage. 

Unlike oil paint or acrylic paint, watercolor painting was considered as an old-fashioned, simple hobby reserved for amateur artists who paint charming countryside scenes. And yet, this art form is thriving nowadays, as watercolor artists multiply at a fast pace. At the very start, watercolor painting was employed mainly for landscapes, travel diaries, sketches and entry-level art studies. The quick-drying medium allowed artists to work fast, sometimes enabling them to achieve an impressive degree of precision, as demonstrated by Dürer's watercolors and his famous Young Hare.

Another watercolor master, Claude Lorrain, created quick sketches of Italian landscapes that capture the heat of the southern sun. His works of art will make you want to jet off and escape to Italy in an instant. Ultimately, it was William Turner at the end of the 19th century who revealed watercolor painting's ability to create truly atmospheric works. In his paintings, hues fade into one another, creating clouds of colors that transform familiar landscapes into mysterious destinations.

At the end of the 19th century, watercolor became a preferred technique among artists who valued the freedom of expression it allowed. Impressionists gravitated towards it for the spontaneity it allowed, while Auguste Rodin used it for sketching dancers. 

During the 20th century, watercolor prints came to inspire the first abstract paintings of Wassily Kandinsky. Other notable watercolor artists include Egon Schiele, Paul Klee and Emil Nolde. Although watercolor painting was abandoned for decades, it returned to the art scene once again in the 60s, thanks to artists like Raoul Dufy and Zao Wou-Ki. 

Today, many contemporary artists choose watercolor as their medium of choice, seeing as it allows for a variety of possibilities. Luckily, on Artsper there are a lot to choose from!

Discover the works of Valerio Adami, the Italian painter and engraver known for his surprising color palette and thick, black-line contours. You can also find Philippe Pasqua's emblematic skulls and butterflies. For those who prefer urban scenes, there's the work of Nadéra Benmansour, which captures the life and vibrancy of cities such as Paris and New York on paper.




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Maurizio Gracceva, Composition, Painting

Maurizio Gracceva

Composition, 2010
35 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$903

Linda Bachammar Clerget, Ataraxia, Painting

Linda Bachammar Clerget

Ataraxia, 2021
76 x 56 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$1,686

Alfréd Reth, Au comptoir du café, Painting

Alfréd Reth

Au comptoir du café, 1916
22 x 17 x 0.3 cm
Painting

Sold

Louis-Claude Paviot, Fleurs en folie, Painting

Louis-Claude Paviot

Fleurs en folie, 1932
59 x 46.5 x 1 cm
Painting

$556

Elizabeth Becker, Wild Rose No. 14, Painting

Elizabeth Becker

Wild Rose No. 14, 2021
50.8 x 40.6 cm
Painting

$600

Sounya Whang, Jeune fille dormant, Painting

Sounya Whang

Jeune fille dormant, 2021
40 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$506

André Masson, Portrait de Louise Labé, Painting

André Masson

Portrait de Louise Labé, 1972
50 x 65 cm
Painting

$7,826

José Rodríguez, Syncretism, Painting

José Rodríguez

Syncretism, 2018
76 x 56 cm
Painting

$1,926

Chizuru Morii Kaplan, The Louvre VII, Painting

Chizuru Morii Kaplan

The Louvre VII, 2021
67.3 x 66 cm
Painting

$6,500

Viveek Sharma, Arresting your eyes, Painting

Viveek Sharma

Arresting your eyes, 2019
76.2 x 55.9 cm
Painting

$4,500

J. Kohler, Composition abstraite, Painting

J. Kohler

Composition abstraite, 2006
29 x 38 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$1,000

Isabelle Hirtzig, He called her Diana, Painting

Isabelle Hirtzig

He called her Diana, 2021
75 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$289

Ossip Zadkine, Les amis, Painting

Ossip Zadkine

Les amis, 1957
68 x 46 x 1 cm
Painting

$93,909

Gabrielle Rul, Les pensées, Painting

Gabrielle Rul

Les pensées, 2021
76 x 56 cm
Painting

$722

Jeong Min Lee, Au clair de lune, Painting

Jeong Min Lee

Au clair de lune, 2019
73 x 92 x 2 cm
Painting

$722

Feng Kaixuan, Filtrecafe146_S, Painting

Feng Kaixuan

Filtrecafe146_S, 2020
13 x 18 x 1 cm
Painting

$1,950 $2,167

Li Dongfeng, Landscape sketch 61, Painting

Li Dongfeng

Landscape sketch 61, 2017
49 x 49 x 1 cm
Painting

$963

Gustave Singier, Composition, Painting

Gustave Singier

Composition, 1962
14 x 23 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$1,445

Our recommendations John Matos Crash, Sans titre AQ03, Painting

John Matos Crash

Sans titre AQ03, 2012
30 x 20 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$1,806

Camille Hilaire, Sous-bois, Painting

Camille Hilaire

Sous-bois, 1975
35.5 x 46.5 cm
Painting

$2,227

Cécile Colombo, Les Beautés, Painting

Cécile Colombo

Les Beautés, 2019
25 x 75 x 2 cm
Painting

$758

Jean-Paul Agosti, Terre-ciel, Painting

Jean-Paul Agosti

Terre-ciel, 2009
14 x 14 cm
Painting

$2,167

Qutang, Landscape 9, Painting

Qutang

Landscape 9, 2018
150 x 30 x 1 cm
Painting

$4,214

Mino Maccari, Urbanization, Painting

Mino Maccari

Urbanization, 1970
28.6 x 22 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$843

Magdalena Kalieva, Raising, Painting

Magdalena Kalieva

Raising, 2020
76 x 56 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$734

Boxi Chen, Pêcheur I, Painting

Boxi Chen

Pêcheur I, 2020
70 x 46 x 1 cm
Painting

$843

Our recommendations Karishma D'Souza, The Red forest of the heart, Painting

Karishma D'Souza

The Red forest of the heart, 2019
28.2 x 34.5 cm
Painting

$3,371

Henri Vergé-Sarrat, Landscape, Painting

Henri Vergé-Sarrat

Landscape, 1920
65 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$1,144

Our recommendations Sergio Barletta, Fire Eater, Painting

Sergio Barletta

Fire Eater, 1970
23 x 33 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$903

Eugene Berman, Study for Scenography, Painting

Eugene Berman

Study for Scenography, 1972
25.5 x 38 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$1,445

Agenore Fabbri, Composition 2, Painting

Agenore Fabbri

Composition 2, 1952
46 x 35 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$674

Jean-Michel Folon, Floraison, Painting

Jean-Michel Folon

Floraison, 1973
56 x 76 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$19,263

Icy & Sot, Unforced Hejab, Painting

Icy & Sot

Unforced Hejab, 2016
63.5 x 48.3 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$4,816

Gelitin, Gelatin pavillon - some like it hot, Painting

Gelitin

Gelatin pavillon - some like it hot, 2011
101.8 x 73 cm
Painting

$7,224

Yi Zhong Xia, Paysages 200, Painting

Yi Zhong Xia

Paysages 200, 2020
34 x 27 x 1 cm
Painting

$542

Enrico Sacchetti, Ancient Egypt, Painting

Enrico Sacchetti

Ancient Egypt, 1930
54 x 72 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$1,806

Riccardo Fedi, Ancient Egypt, Painting

Riccardo Fedi

Ancient Egypt, 1920
72.5 x 53 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$1,505

Michele Cascarano, Homage to Rivera, Painting

Michele Cascarano

Homage to Rivera, 2018
29.5 x 29.5 x 10.5 cm
Painting

$771

Jean Chapin, La Guitariste, Painting

Jean Chapin

La Guitariste, 1920
18.8 x 15.3 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$819

Antonio Guidotti, Venice, Piazza San Marco, Painting

Antonio Guidotti

Venice, Piazza San Marco, 1920
28 x 48 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$1,445

Micheline Frouin, Paysage d'Alsace, Painting

Micheline Frouin

Paysage d'Alsace, 1950
65 x 49 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$783

Emilio Vedova, Abstract Composition, Painting

Emilio Vedova

Abstract Composition, 1950
25.5 x 19.3 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$9,872

Pablo Lambertos, Manchas con flor naranja, Painting

Pablo Lambertos

Manchas con flor naranja, 2017
90 x 63 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$2,625

Polina Egorushkina, Gratte-ciel. Gris-bleu, Painting

Polina Egorushkina

Gratte-ciel. Gris-bleu, 2017
60 x 80 x 0.05 cm
Painting

$2,348

Ernesto Ercolani, Romantic Self-Portrait, Painting

Ernesto Ercolani

Romantic Self-Portrait, 1960
47.8 x 66 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$1,084

Yajun Wu, Fleur et oiseaux 8, Painting

Yajun Wu

Fleur et oiseaux 8, 2020
138 x 34 x 1 cm
Painting

$1,084 $1,204

Gérard Guyomard, Landscape, Painting

Gérard Guyomard

Landscape, 1960
26 x 35 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$482

Amandine Maria, Fontaine Saint-Louis, Painting

Amandine Maria

Fontaine Saint-Louis, 2020
42 x 20.5 cm
Painting

$710

Eliane Diverly, Mon Cousin Jean, Painting

Eliane Diverly

Mon Cousin Jean, 1950
36.9 x 27 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$409

Chris Ellis (Daze), Depart from Manhattan, Painting

Chris Ellis (Daze)

Depart from Manhattan, 2017
94 x 71.1 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$7,826

Zhongnan Chen, Lotus I, Painting

Zhongnan Chen

Lotus I, 2020
136 x 34 x 1 cm
Painting

$1,445

Caterina Pini, Casematte 3, Painting

Caterina Pini

Casematte 3, 2018
24 x 32 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$722

Ye Pu, Femme de la Ville I, Painting

Ye Pu

Femme de la Ville I, 2020
53 x 38 x 1 cm
Painting

$662

Marie Savary, Portrait of Young Woman, Painting

Marie Savary

Portrait of Young Woman, 1970
33 x 22 x 0.4 cm
Painting

$241

Florine Maes, Jupiter, Painting

Florine Maes

Jupiter, 2019
49 x 64 x 1 cm
Painting

$819

Jane Levy, Paris, Decorative Arts School, Painting

Jane Levy

Paris, Decorative Arts School, 1914
29 x 29 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$698

Franko Tencic, Untitled 4153 (Abstract painting), Painting

Franko Tencic

Untitled 4153 (Abstract painting), 2019
89.5 x 124.5 x 4.5 cm
Painting

$2,791

André Ragot, Tropical Landscape, Painting

André Ragot

Tropical Landscape, 1960
33 x 41 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$843

Irene Nelson, Untitled Quarantine #1, Painting

Irene Nelson

Untitled Quarantine #1, 2020
60.96 x 45.72 cm
Painting

$1,116

André Roland Brudieux, Landscape, Painting

André Roland Brudieux

Landscape, 1960
42 x 32.5 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$421

Erhard Klepper, The Letter, Painting

Erhard Klepper

The Letter, 1950
28.5 x 20 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$843

Maria Elisabeth Wrede, The Ancient Theater, Painting

Maria Elisabeth Wrede

The Ancient Theater, 1950
50.5 x 65.5 x 0.4 cm
Painting

$903

Henry Espinouze, Horizon, Painting

Henry Espinouze

Horizon, 1950
16 x 22 x 0.4 cm
Painting

$819

Ignasi Vidal, Saint Germain des Près, Painting

Ignasi Vidal

Saint Germain des Près, 1950
41.6 x 37.4 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$662

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