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Watercolour Drawing

Watercolor painting is a technique that uses paint pigments and a water-based solution. It is popular thanks to its blurred, hazy effect which can't be obtained through other binding elements, such as egg or oil. Gouache is also a watercolour medium but it is noticeably more adhesive and opaque. Watercolor usually takes shape thanks to a faint pencil outline, drawn onto the paper before the paint is applied.

One of the other advantages for watercolor artists is that they can work quickly, using their time efficiently. Pigments spread out across the canvas in a rather unusual way, becoming more concentrated around the edges. This gives watercolor prints the transparent quality they're known for, enhancing the paper's luminosity. 

There are several key techniques to watercolor painting, the first of which is called the dry-on-wet technique. For this method, the painting's base is laid out in watercolor and then elaborated on with fewer pigments. There is also the wet-on-wet technique, which involves wetting the paper before the paint is applied in order to achieve greater color saturation. 

Watercolor is also easily erasable! Artists working with this medium can rework their watercolor print's by diluting the paint with water again, this time directly on the paper. These are just a few of the reasons for why watercolor is a preferred method for plein-air painters, who set out to represent landscapes and the sky in situ... 

Artworks using watercolor are typically carried out on paper, also contributing to why watercolor drawing is so popular. The weight of the paper, its resistance to moisture, the paper's color… all of these aspects play a decisive role in creating the painting's final effect. The type of paper typically used for this artistic technique is made from linen cloths, wood or straw.

Certain artists, such as the illustrator Oga Kazuo from Studio Ghibli, work with wet paper spread across varnished wood, while others prefer to use plexiglas. The result is that the water takes longer to evaporate, producing 
a very different color effect.


Although water-based paints date back to cave painting, it wasn't until the Renaissance that watercolor painting became commonplace. Art history tells us that oil painting was the most commonly used technique at the time, yet Northern European masters such as Albrecht Dürer chose watercolor to depict landscapes.  Venetian painters also gravitated towards this medium for their representations of the city's sublime canals. What could be a better way to portray water than with water-based paints?

Landscape painting is the most popular genre among watercolor artists. Claude Lorrain is an example of this from the 17th century, to be followed by William Turner, Samuel Palmer and Richard Bonington in the 19th century. Many artists chose watercolor painting to express the shades of the sky, ocean waves and expansive fields. In the 20th century, artists such as Vassily Kandinsky, Jean Bazaine and Raoul Dufy elaborated different abstract, watercolor techniques.

Discover Artsper's collection of watercolor paintings, offering some of the most renowned artists such as 
Paul JenkinsWalasse TingVittoretti and Philippe Pasqua. If you're curious for more, head over to our unique selection of Chinese ink drawings, charcoal portraits or pastel and chalk portraits...

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EMPHI, Pattern, Fine Art Drawings

EMPHI

Pattern, 2020
35 x 35 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$602 $753

Madeleine Scellier, The Angels, Fine Art Drawings

Madeleine Scellier

The Angels, 1955
24.5 x 16 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$482 $602

Noël Granger, Orchidée rose, Fine Art Drawings

Noël Granger

Orchidée rose, 2018
50 x 34.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$138

Victorino Mercado, We are closed, Fine Art Drawings

Victorino Mercado

We are closed, 2020
36 x 26 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$282 $314

Véronique Hubert, Fille de Arbus et Arp II, Fine Art Drawings

Véronique Hubert

Fille de Arbus et Arp II, 2008
50 x 32.2 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$753

Marielle Degioanni, Multiples printemps, Fine Art Drawings

Marielle Degioanni

Multiples printemps, 2016
26 x 18 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$753

Louisa Minkin, Shields, Fine Art Drawings

Louisa Minkin

Shields, 2013
30 x 42 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,505

Lantomo, Snow 1 - Darkness Series, Fine Art Drawings

Lantomo

Snow 1 - Darkness Series, 2019
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,133

Nora Ampova, Cafe in Athens, Fine Art Drawings

Nora Ampova

Cafe in Athens, 2020
20 x 20 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$138

Philippe  Hiquily, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Hiquily

Sans titre, 1961
40 x 28 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$11,291

Olivier  Masmonteil, Sans titre #17, Fine Art Drawings

Olivier Masmonteil

Sans titre #17, 2020
44 x 36 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,505

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux, Saynète 32 - Se Souvenir du temps qui passe, Fine Art Drawings

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux

Saynète 32 - Se Souvenir du temps qui passe, 2016
41 x 61 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$753

Nadéra Benmansour, Paris, place de Diaghilev, Fine Art Drawings

Nadéra Benmansour

Paris, place de Diaghilev, 2016
30 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$329

Antonio Vangelli, Horses and Jockeys, Fine Art Drawings

Antonio Vangelli

Horses and Jockeys, 1948
34.5 x 49.5 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$753

Vincent Gicquel, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Vincent Gicquel

Sans titre, 2018
60 x 42 x 0.01 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,384

André Cervera, Journal d'un confiné 40, Fine Art Drawings

André Cervera

Journal d'un confiné 40, 2020
29.7 x 21 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$351

Eugene Berman, Costume, Fine Art Drawings

Eugene Berman

Costume, 1950
16.5 x 11.8 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$753

Rainier Lericolais, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Rainier Lericolais

Sans titre, 2016
15 x 10 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,004

Martin Bradley, Moon Rabbit, Fine Art Drawings

Martin Bradley

Moon Rabbit, 2000
97 x 78 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$6,022

Mino Maccari, Portrait, Fine Art Drawings

Mino Maccari

Portrait, 1955
34.5 x 26 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,405 $2,007

Markus Lüpertz, Vision de Poussin, Fine Art Drawings

Markus Lüpertz

Vision de Poussin, 2012
70 x 94 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$9,597

Mohamed Lekleti, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Mohamed Lekleti

Untitled, 2015
30 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,509

André Bielen, Synopsie_0355, Fine Art Drawings

André Bielen

Synopsie_0355, 2015
73 x 56 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$941

Pauline Guerrier, Oeuvre sur papier ancien, Fine Art Drawings

Pauline Guerrier

Oeuvre sur papier ancien, 2020
49 x 36 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$753

Georges Rousse, Shodoshima, Fine Art Drawings

Georges Rousse

Shodoshima, 2018
13 x 21 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$3,387

Marie Laurencin, Models, Fine Art Drawings

Marie Laurencin

Models, 1920
26 x 22 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$23,837

Jean-Raymond Delpech, Flower Vase, Fine Art Drawings

Jean-Raymond Delpech

Flower Vase, 1950
23.2 x 19 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$251

Henri Fehr, Portrait de femme, Fine Art Drawings

Henri Fehr

Portrait de femme, 1902
27 x 20 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$433

Jérôme Bouscarat, L'Hydre de Lerne, Fine Art Drawings

Jérôme Bouscarat

L'Hydre de Lerne, 2019
40 x 30 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$542

Enrico Paulucci, The Beach, Fine Art Drawings

Enrico Paulucci

The Beach, 1965
31.5 x 43.5 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,255

Alkis Matheos, Costume for Marinette, Fine Art Drawings

Alkis Matheos

Costume for Marinette, 1950
27 x 21 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$251

Angelo Griscelli, The Competition, Fine Art Drawings

Angelo Griscelli

The Competition, 1950
14 x 11.5 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$477

Leo Guida, Flowers's Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Leo Guida

Flowers's Composition, 1971
33.5 x 27.5 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$330 $439

Enrico Sacchetti, Ritual, Fine Art Drawings

Enrico Sacchetti

Ritual, 1920
72 x 54 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,882

Christelle Link, L’Arbre Chamanique, Fine Art Drawings

Christelle Link

L’Arbre Chamanique, 2019
29 x 21 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$314

Umberto Maria i Casott, Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Umberto Maria i Casott

Composition, 1980
40 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$301

Jacques Ciry, Trees, Fine Art Drawings

Jacques Ciry

Trees, 1970
28 x 38 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$376

James McEwen, Bird, Fine Art Drawings

James McEwen

Bird, 1960
27.5 x 19.5 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$728

Guelfo Bianchini, Women, Fine Art Drawings

Guelfo Bianchini

Women, 1961
50.5 x 36 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,004

Luigi Bompard, Bourgeoisie, Fine Art Drawings

Luigi Bompard

Bourgeoisie, 1905
28.5 x 20 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$941

Michele Cascarano, Boat, Fine Art Drawings

Michele Cascarano

Boat, 2018
40 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$753

Peter Dischleit, Abstract Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Peter Dischleit

Abstract Composition, 1973
25 x 20 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$439

Madeleine Sellier, Portrait of Woman, Fine Art Drawings

Madeleine Sellier

Portrait of Woman, 1950
24.5 x 17 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$502

Piotr Kamieniarz, Hipnotyzer, Fine Art Drawings

Piotr Kamieniarz

Hipnotyzer, 2020
50 x 35 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$878

Etienne Quesnay, La Fumeuse, Fine Art Drawings

Etienne Quesnay

La Fumeuse, 2020
31 x 23 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$502

Carmen Selma, L'entrée pour les garçons, Fine Art Drawings

Carmen Selma

L'entrée pour les garçons, 2018
29.5 x 40 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$598

Raymond Cazanove, Forest, Fine Art Drawings

Raymond Cazanove

Forest, 1960
32 x 23 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$502

Mario Molinari, Idaspe, Fine Art Drawings

Mario Molinari

Idaspe, 1923
72.5 x 54 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,882

Ermanno Pavarino, Landscape, Fine Art Drawings

Ermanno Pavarino

Landscape, 1969
32.5 x 50.5 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$502

Jazzu, Etonne, Fine Art Drawings

Jazzu

Etonne, 2020
29.7 x 21 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$267 $314

Pierre Segogne, Still Life, Fine Art Drawings

Pierre Segogne

Still Life, 1930
42 x 30 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$502

Giuseppe Uncini, La Dimora delle Cose, Fine Art Drawings

Giuseppe Uncini

La Dimora delle Cose, 1980
108 x 149 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$22,582

Agathe Wagner, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Agathe Wagner

Untitled, 2014
36 x 46 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$753

Jacques Tillier, Neige sua Paris - Snow on Paris, Fine Art Drawings

Jacques Tillier

Neige sua Paris - Snow on Paris, 1960
23 x 31 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$690

Socrate Foscato, Vegetation, Fine Art Drawings

Socrate Foscato

Vegetation, 1950
24 x 31 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$314

Germaine Nordmann, Horses, Fine Art Drawings

Germaine Nordmann

Horses, 1970
15.3 x 24.3 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$477

Anne Walker, Leaf, Fine Art Drawings

Anne Walker

Leaf, 1970
8.5 x 7.5 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$502

Robert Sauterne, Greek Islands, Fine Art Drawings

Robert Sauterne

Greek Islands, 1950
39 x 55 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$627

Arturo Peyrot, Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Arturo Peyrot

Composition, 1950
48.9 x 34 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$439

Michel Ciry, The Pensive Man, Fine Art Drawings

Michel Ciry

The Pensive Man, 1970
30 x 23 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,192

Emmanuel Charles Jodelet, Landscape, Fine Art Drawings

Emmanuel Charles Jodelet

Landscape, 1950
30.5 x 25 x 0.4 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$414

Aldo Riso, Tower At Tricase - XX century, Fine Art Drawings

Aldo Riso

Tower At Tricase - XX century, 1980
69 x 89 x 0.4 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$376

Rossella Mercedes, Live your passion, Fine Art Drawings

Rossella Mercedes

Live your passion, 2017
33 x 24 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$124

Hyacinthe Ouattara, Cartographies Humaines, Fine Art Drawings

Hyacinthe Ouattara

Cartographies Humaines, 2018
32.5 x 46.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,819

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