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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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Li Baoxun, Woman, Painting

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27 x 18 x 1 cm
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Camille Hilaire, Saint-Paul de Vence, Painting

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Céline Pierzchala, Les cerfs-volants #225, Painting

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Niack One, Niackuarelle, Painting

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Kiko Rodriguez, Bailando, Painting

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Filogonio Naxín, Jkin chuu ngasundie (animals from earth), Painting

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Maria Barrio, Laguna Verde, Painting

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Rina Mamani, Just one, Painting

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49 x 49 x 1 cm
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Our recommendations John Matos Crash, Sans titre AQ03, Painting

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30 x 20 x 0.1 cm
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Sven Pfrommer, Urbn crowd I, Painting

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60 x 60 x 3 cm
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Gustave Singier, Composition, Painting

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14 x 23 x 0.1 cm
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Lady K, Compo 1, Painting

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Chouette, 2019
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Jeong Min Lee, Delicatesse, Painting

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Jean-Paul Agosti, Ciel n°IV, Painting

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Emilio Vedova, Abstract Composition, Painting

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25.5 x 19.3 x 0.1 cm
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Qutang, Paysage chinois 104, Painting

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Paysage chinois 104, 2019
65 x 22 x 1 cm
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Gelitin, Gelatin pavillon - some like it hot, Painting

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Untitled (Abstract Still Life with Figure, Cascading Flowers and Plants), 1963
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Antoine Stevens, Empreintes, Painting

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65 x 50 x 1 cm
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Barbara Szubinska, Untitled, Painting

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Ludomir Slupeczanski, Woods in Lucien, Painting

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Dariusz Aniszewski, Winter, Painting

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Marek Ejsmond, Untitled, Painting

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Untitled, 2002
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Walter Krebs, Montagne, Painting

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Montagne, 1936
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Alfréd Reth, Retrouvailles au jardin, Painting

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Retrouvailles au jardin, 1925
24 x 29 x 0.3 cm
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Alexis Gorodine, Pinguoin, Painting

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Pinguoin, 2015
40 x 30 cm
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Georges Chappuis, Balade dans le Vieux Annecy, Painting

Georges Chappuis

Balade dans le Vieux Annecy, 1962
39 x 47 x 0.3 cm
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Florine Maes, Jupiter, Painting

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50 x 65 x 1 cm
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Icy & Sot, Unforced Hejab, Painting

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Yi Zhong Xia, Paysages 200, Painting

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Paysages 200, 2020
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Zhongnan Chen, Lotus I, Painting

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136 x 35 x 1 cm
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Elizabeth Becker, Queen Anne's Lace No. 3, Painting

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Queen Anne's Lace No. 3, 2020
50.8 x 40.6 cm
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Michal Suffczynski, A River, Painting

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A River, 2018
54 x 54 cm
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Barbara Dyoniziak-Stuss, Spring, Painting

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Spring, 1991
29 x 22 cm
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Han Qi, Géométrie Fiction N°3, Painting

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Géométrie Fiction N°3, 2020
32 x 42 x 1 cm
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Roberto Fonfria, Close Before Striking X, Painting

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Close Before Striking X, 2014
50.8 x 40.6 x 2.5 cm
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Franko Tencic, Untitled 26634 (Abstract painting), Painting

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Untitled 26634 (Abstract painting), 2020
60.5 x 83.5 x 3 cm
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Marco Araldi, Parishes of St.Giles and Bloomsbury, Painting

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Parishes of St.Giles and Bloomsbury, 2020
51 x 48 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,286

Jan Aniserowicz, Composition, Painting

Jan Aniserowicz

Composition, 1995
15 x 12 cm
Painting

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Andrzej Pankowski, Snow, Painting

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Snow, 2005
47 x 67 cm
Painting

$806

Ryszard Owczarek, Frédérick Chopin - Les Quatre Mazurkas, Painting

Ryszard Owczarek

Frédérick Chopin - Les Quatre Mazurkas, 2010
30 x 40 cm
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$449

Alain Boullet, L'eau et l'huile, Painting

Alain Boullet

L'eau et l'huile, 2017
50 x 33 cm
Painting

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Ye Pu, Femme de la Ville I, Painting

Ye Pu

Femme de la Ville I, 2020
53 x 38 x 1 cm
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Boxi Chen, Jeux de l'Echec Chinois, Painting

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Jeux de l'Echec Chinois, 2020
34 x 34 x 1 cm
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