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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, Le favori, Painting

Etienne Quesnay

Le favori, 2021
12.2 x 9.1 inch


Caterina Pini, Casematte 3, Painting

Caterina Pini

Casematte 3, 2018
9.4 x 12.6 x 0 inch


Lucio Forte, Nollendorfplatz, Painting

Lucio Forte

Nollendorfplatz, 2020
11.7 x 8.3 x 0 inch


Elizabeth Becker, Monarch Study No. 11, Painting

Elizabeth Becker

Monarch Study No. 11, 2021
9 x 12 inch


Bertrand de Vismes, Tour Eiffel série toits de Paris, Painting

Bertrand de Vismes

Tour Eiffel série toits de Paris, 2020
19.7 x 25.6 inch


Pierrette Dijonneau, Les cabanes sur la plage, Painting

Pierrette Dijonneau

Les cabanes sur la plage, 2021
6.7 x 8.7 x 0.4 inch


Victorino Mercado, Bucket, Painting

Victorino Mercado

Bucket, 2016
25.1 x 18.5 inch


Jeff Roland, Sans titre, Painting

Jeff Roland

Sans titre, 2007
8.3 x 5.9 x 0 inch

$440 $489

Benjamín Lafuente, Apote, Painting

Benjamín Lafuente

Apote, 2010
14.2 x 20.9 inch


Ann Kipling, Falkland landscape, Painting

Ann Kipling

Falkland landscape, 2002
8.5 x 20.1 inch


Mario Kostov, Vacation, Painting

Mario Kostov

Vacation, 2021
9.1 x 12.2 x 0 inch


Vu Thu Hien, Language of Love, Painting

Vu Thu Hien

Language of Love, 2011
49 x 35 x 1 inch


Laurent Betremieux, Artémis, Painting

Laurent Betremieux

Artémis, 1991
29.9 x 22.4 inch


Ellis Zbinden, La touareg du Sahara, Painting

Ellis Zbinden

La touareg du Sahara, 1990
19.7 x 16.5 x 0 inch


Olena Muzyka, Roses, Painting

Olena Muzyka

Roses, 2021
20.1 x 9.8 x 0.2 inch


Jean Dufy, Toits de Paris, Painting

Jean Dufy

Toits de Paris, 1921
13.5 x 21.2 x 0.4 inch


Aurel Corjan, Auzy, Painting

Aurel Corjan

Auzy, 1994
19.7 x 25.6 inch


Paulèmile Pissarro, Le village de saint Rémy, Painting

Paulèmile Pissarro

Le village de saint Rémy, 1950
11.8 x 9.1 x 0.8 inch


Pierre Alechinsky, Dans le taillis, Painting

Pierre Alechinsky

Dans le taillis, 2015
15.4 x 10.2 x 0 inch


Philippe Gavin, Les frères Garbéro, Painting

Philippe Gavin

Les frères Garbéro, 2018
29.5 x 41.3 x 1.2 inch


Yvon Mutrel, Eveil du cercle nº2, Painting

Yvon Mutrel

Eveil du cercle nº2, 2019
10.2 x 10.2 x 0.4 inch


Alain Mimouni, Pink Chanel, Painting

Alain Mimouni

Pink Chanel, 2020
23.6 x 51.2 x 2.4 inch


Jeong Min Lee, Prunier jaune, Painting

Jeong Min Lee

Prunier jaune, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Feng Kaixuan, Filtrecafe138_S, Painting

Feng Kaixuan

Filtrecafe138_S, 2019
5.1 x 8.3 x 0.4 inch


Cécile Colombo, Léon René Maurice, Painting

Cécile Colombo

Léon René Maurice, 2020
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


Qutang, Landscape 9, Painting


Landscape 9, 2018
59.1 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Li Dongfeng, Landscape sketch 4, Painting

Li Dongfeng

Landscape sketch 4, 2016
13 x 13 x 0.4 inch


Jean-Paul Agosti, L'étoile secrète, Painting

Jean-Paul Agosti

L'étoile secrète, 2009
29.9 x 59.8 x 0.1 inch


Camille Hilaire, Sous-bois, Painting

Camille Hilaire

Sous-bois, 1975
14 x 18.3 inch


Maiko Kobayashi, Drawing #9-19, Painting

Maiko Kobayashi

Drawing #9-19, 2019
9.8 x 6.7 inch


Karishma D'Souza, Where love resides, Painting

Karishma D'Souza

Where love resides, 2019
14.3 x 20.6 inch


Jean-Michel Folon, Floraison, Painting

Jean-Michel Folon

Floraison, 1973
22 x 29.9 x 0 inch


Magdalena Kalieva, Birds in the branches, Painting

Magdalena Kalieva

Birds in the branches, 2020
13.6 x 19.3 x 0.1 inch


Viola Schiviz, Pastèque, Painting

Viola Schiviz

Pastèque, 2020
7.5 x 7.5 x 0.4 inch


Gelitin, Gelatin pavillon - some like it hot, Painting


Gelatin pavillon - some like it hot, 2011
40.1 x 28.7 inch


Han Qi, Géométrie Fiction 13, Painting

Han Qi

Géométrie Fiction 13, 2020
16.5 x 12.6 x 0.4 inch


Icy & Sot, Unforced Hejab, Painting

Icy & Sot

Unforced Hejab, 2016
25 x 19 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Lionel Estève, Untitled, Painting

Lionel Estève

Untitled, 2015
16.5 x 11.4 inch


Eugene Berman, Study for Scenography, Painting

Eugene Berman

Study for Scenography, 1972
10 x 15 x 0 inch


Yi Zhong Xia, Paysage chinois, Painting

Yi Zhong Xia

Paysage chinois, 2018
10.6 x 13.4 x 0.4 inch


Sonia Alins, Emerging, Painting

Sonia Alins

Emerging, 2019
34.3 x 20.5 x 1.6 inch


Zhongnan Chen, Lotus I, Painting

Zhongnan Chen

Lotus I, 2020
53.5 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch


Florine Maes, Forest, Painting

Florine Maes

Forest, 2019
11.8 x 16.1 x 0.4 inch


Yvan Salomone, 0641.1.0108 (evaporation), Painting

Yvan Salomone

0641.1.0108 (evaporation), 2008
38 x 54.1 inch


Boxi Chen, Pêcheur I, Painting

Boxi Chen

Pêcheur I, 2020
27.6 x 18.1 x 0.4 inch


Marie Savary, Portrait of Young Woman, Painting

Marie Savary

Portrait of Young Woman, 1970
13 x 8.7 x 0.2 inch


Armin Guther, Shadow and Tree, Painting

Armin Guther

Shadow and Tree, 1988
10.2 x 12.4 x 0.2 inch


Babahoum, Le Ksar, Painting


Le Ksar, 2016
20.9 x 30.3 x 0 inch


André Roland Brudieux, Landscape, Painting

André Roland Brudieux

Landscape, 1960
16.5 x 12.8 x 0 inch


Ye Pu, Femme de la Ville I, Painting

Ye Pu

Femme de la Ville I, 2020
20.9 x 15 x 0.4 inch


Ruiqiang Jin, Fleurs, Painting

Ruiqiang Jin

Fleurs, 2020
13 x 13 x 0.4 inch

$508 $565

Jean Chapin, Green Landscape, Painting

Jean Chapin

Green Landscape, 1920
10.2 x 7.7 x 0.2 inch


Donna Acheson Juillet, Spy with my little eye, Painting

Donna Acheson Juillet

Spy with my little eye, 2016
13.8 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch


Holly Miller, Blue water dots, Painting

Holly Miller

Blue water dots, 2005
9 x 12 inch


Franko Tencic, Untitled 4153 (Abstract painting), Painting

Franko Tencic

Untitled 4153 (Abstract painting), 2019
35.2 x 49 x 1.8 inch


Kim Uchiyama, Swing, Painting

Kim Uchiyama

Swing, 2018
16 x 12 inch


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

Polina Egorushkina

Gratte-ciel. Gris-bleu, 2017
23.6 x 31.5 x 0 inch


Yajun Wu, Fleur et oiseaux 8, Painting

Yajun Wu

Fleur et oiseaux 8, 2020
54.3 x 13.4 x 0.4 inch


Philippe Artias, Composition abstraite, Painting

Philippe Artias

Composition abstraite, 1967
21.5 x 29.7 x 0.2 inch


Henri Wormser, The Boots, Painting

Henri Wormser

The Boots, 1952
12.8 x 9.8 x 0.1 inch


Micheline Frouin, Paysage d'Alsace, Painting

Micheline Frouin

Paysage d'Alsace, 1950
15.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Alain Boullet, Sans titre, Painting

Alain Boullet

Sans titre, 2016
8.1 x 8.1 inch


Songtao Zen, Lotus et poissons, Painting

Songtao Zen

Lotus et poissons, 2020
13 x 53.9 x 0.4 inch


Andrew Gilbert, Andrew witnesses the last Idol of Andrew, Painting

Andrew Gilbert

Andrew witnesses the last Idol of Andrew, 2019
39.4 x 27.6 inch


60 Artworks on 3642

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