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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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Etienne Quesnay, Couverte de fleurs, Painting

Etienne Quesnay

Couverte de fleurs, 2021
31 x 23 cm
Painting

€350

John Matos Crash, Brrrr, Painting

John Matos Crash

Brrrr, 1990
72.4 x 123.2 cm
Painting

€6,500

Alfréd Reth, Retrouvailles au jardin, Painting

Alfréd Reth

Retrouvailles au jardin, 1925
24 x 29 x 0.3 cm
Painting

€378

Louis-Claude Paviot, Fleurs en folie, Painting

Louis-Claude Paviot

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

€472

Linda Bachammar Clerget, Ataraxia, Painting

Linda Bachammar Clerget

Ataraxia, 2021
76 x 56 x 0.1 cm
Painting

€1,400

Lucio Forte, Untitled 51, Painting

Lucio Forte

Untitled 51, 2021
31 x 23 x 0.1 cm
Painting

€155

Elizabeth Becker, Outpouring, Painting

Elizabeth Becker

Outpouring, 2021
30.5 x 22.9 cm
Painting

€302

Sounya Whang, Jeune fille dormant, Painting

Sounya Whang

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

€420

Josep Moscardó, Casa Navas. Reus, Painting

Josep Moscardó

Casa Navas. Reus, 2021
78 x 40 cm
Painting

€975

Isabelle Hirtzig, Au Bon Marché, Painting

Isabelle Hirtzig

Au Bon Marché, 2020
50 x 65 x 0.1 cm
Painting

€260

José Rodríguez, Syncretism, Painting

José Rodríguez

Syncretism, 2018
76 x 56 cm
Painting

€1,600

Joze Ciuha, Abstraction, Painting

Joze Ciuha

Abstraction, 1983
60 x 120 cm
Painting

€5,950

J. Kohler, Composition abstraite, Painting

J. Kohler

Composition abstraite, 2006
29 x 38 x 0.3 cm
Painting

€850

Chizuru Morii Kaplan, The Louvre VII, Painting

Chizuru Morii Kaplan

The Louvre VII, 2021
67.3 x 66 cm
Painting

€5,615

Viveek Sharma, Arresting your eyes, Painting

Viveek Sharma

Arresting your eyes, 2019
76.2 x 55.9 cm
Painting

€3,887

Ossip Zadkine, Les amis, Painting

Ossip Zadkine

Les amis, 1957
68 x 46 x 1 cm
Painting

€78,000

Gabrielle Rul, Les pensées, Painting

Gabrielle Rul

Les pensées, 2021
76 x 56 cm
Painting

€600

Jeong Min Lee, Au clair de lune, Painting

Jeong Min Lee

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

€600

Feng Kaixuan, Filtrecafe146_S, Painting

Feng Kaixuan

Filtrecafe146_S, 2020
13 x 18 x 1 cm
Painting

€1,800

Gustave Singier, Composition, Painting

Gustave Singier

Composition, 1962
14 x 23 x 0.1 cm
Painting

€1,200

Li Dongfeng, Landscape sketch 61, Painting

Li Dongfeng

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

€800

Jean-Paul Agosti, Ciel n°IV, Painting

Jean-Paul Agosti

Ciel n°IV, 2009
16 x 16 cm
Painting

€1,800

Camille Hilaire, Sous-bois, Painting

Camille Hilaire

Sous-bois, 1975
35.5 x 46.5 cm
Painting

€1,850

Cécile Colombo, Les Beautés, Painting

Cécile Colombo

Les Beautés, 2019
25 x 75 x 2 cm
Painting

€630

Qutang, Landscape 9, Painting

Qutang

Landscape 9, 2018
150 x 30 x 1 cm
Painting

€3,500

Mino Maccari, Urbanization, Painting

Mino Maccari

Urbanization, 1970
28.6 x 22 x 0.1 cm
Painting

€700

Magdalena Kalieva, Raising, Painting

Magdalena Kalieva

Raising, 2020
76 x 56 x 0.2 cm
Painting

€610

Yi Zhong Xia, Paysages 200, Painting

Yi Zhong Xia

Paysages 200, 2020
34 x 27 x 1 cm
Painting

€450

Boxi Chen, Pêcheur I, Painting

Boxi Chen

Pêcheur I, 2020
70 x 46 x 1 cm
Painting

€700

Charles Malle, Venise, Painting

Charles Malle

Venise, 1995
24.5 x 32 x 0.1 cm
Painting

€650

Karishma D'Souza, Heart vessels, Painting

Karishma D'Souza

Heart vessels, 2019
18 x 25.7 cm
Painting

€2,000

Gérard Guyomard, Landscape, Painting

Gérard Guyomard

Landscape, 1960
26 x 35 x 0.2 cm
Painting

€400

Eliane Diverly, Mon Cousin Jean, Painting

Eliane Diverly

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

€340

Micheline Frouin, Paysage d'Alsace, Painting

Micheline Frouin

Paysage d'Alsace, 1950
40 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Painting

€250

André Roland Brudieux, Landscape, Painting

André Roland Brudieux

Landscape, 1960
42 x 32.5 x 0.1 cm
Painting

€350

Henri Vergé-Sarrat, Landscape, Painting

Henri Vergé-Sarrat

Landscape, 1920
65 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Painting

€950

Jessica Snow, Fling 1, Painting

Jessica Snow

Fling 1, 2015
31.8 x 31.8 cm
Painting

€836

Our recommendations Sergio Barletta, Fire Eater, Painting

Sergio Barletta

Fire Eater, 1970
23 x 33 x 0.1 cm
Painting

€750

Eugene Berman, Study for Scenography, Painting

Eugene Berman

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

€1,200

Icy & Sot, Unforced Hejab, Painting

Icy & Sot

Unforced Hejab, 2016
63.5 x 48.3 x 0.1 cm
Painting

€4,000

Jean-Michel Folon, Floraison, Painting

Jean-Michel Folon

Floraison, 1973
56 x 76 x 0.1 cm
Painting

€16,000

Gelitin, Gelatin pavillon - some like it hot, Painting

Gelitin

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

€6,000

Enrico Sacchetti, Ancient Egypt, Painting

Enrico Sacchetti

Ancient Egypt, 1930
54 x 72 x 0.2 cm
Painting

€1,500

Henri Wormser, The Boots, Painting

Henri Wormser

The Boots, 1952
32.5 x 25 x 0.2 cm
Painting

€380

Florine Maes, Forest, Painting

Florine Maes

Forest, 2019
30 x 41 x 1 cm
Painting

€260

Riccardo Fedi, Ancient Egypt, Painting

Riccardo Fedi

Ancient Egypt, 1920
72.5 x 53 x 0.2 cm
Painting

€1,250

Michele Cascarano, Homage to Rivera, Painting

Michele Cascarano

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

€640

Annette Landry, Hommage à Colette, Painting

Annette Landry

Hommage à Colette, 1955
21 x 29.8 x 0.3 cm
Painting

€480

Jean Chapin, La Guitariste, Painting

Jean Chapin

La Guitariste, 1920
18.8 x 15.3 x 0.3 cm
Painting

€680

Antonio Guidotti, Venice, Piazza San Marco, Painting

Antonio Guidotti

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

€1,200

Emilio Vedova, Abstract Composition, Painting

Emilio Vedova

Abstract Composition, 1950
25.5 x 19.3 x 0.1 cm
Painting

€8,200

Jacqueline Barbet, Natural Green Landscape, Painting

Jacqueline Barbet

Natural Green Landscape, 1930
37.5 x 56.6 x 0.1 cm
Painting

€380

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

Polina Egorushkina

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

€1,950

Ernesto Ercolani, Romantic Self-Portrait, Painting

Ernesto Ercolani

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

€900

Han Qi, Géométrie Fiction 13, Painting

Han Qi

Géométrie Fiction 13, 2020
42 x 32 x 1 cm
Painting

€400

Yajun Wu, Fleur et oiseaux 8, Painting

Yajun Wu

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

€1,000

Amandine Maria, Fontaine Saint-Louis, Painting

Amandine Maria

Fontaine Saint-Louis, 2020
42 x 20.5 cm
Painting

€590

Agenore Fabbri, Composition 2, Painting

Agenore Fabbri

Composition 2, 1952
46 x 35 x 0.3 cm
Painting

€560

Armin Guther, Wooden Huts, Painting

Armin Guther

Wooden Huts, 1986
26 x 31.4 x 0.4 cm
Painting

€350

Gabriele Galantara, Advertising Sketch, Painting

Gabriele Galantara

Advertising Sketch, 1905
49 x 34 x 0.1 cm
Painting

€600

Zhongnan Chen, Lotus I, Painting

Zhongnan Chen

Lotus I, 2020
136 x 34 x 1 cm
Painting

€1,200

Caterina Pini, Casematte 3, Painting

Caterina Pini

Casematte 3, 2018
24 x 32 x 0.1 cm
Painting

€600

Ye Pu, Femme de la Ville I, Painting

Ye Pu

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

€550

Marie Savary, Portrait of Young Woman, Painting

Marie Savary

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

€200

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