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At Carré d'artistes, discover a large selection of watercolor paintings by the greatest contemporary artists. Admire the softness and the voluptuousness of the emotion concentrated on the canvas.
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History of watercolorr

The origins of watercolor go back to prehistoric times. Already, people were mixing water with mineral or natural pigments to paint the walls of caves. Think of this heritage in the Lascaux caves, which are covered with animal representations.

The history of this painting technique has its roots in the Middle Ages, when watercolor was used to teach the art of calligraphy and to illustrate historical frescoes. The watercolor artist who democratised the use of this paint is undoubtedly the German Albrecht Dürer, who used it to depict his vision of Nature on canvas. "The Hare" and "A Pond in the Forest" demonstrate the concern for realism imposed by Humanism that this painting technique allows to highlight.

From then on, watercolor artists have multiplied works relating to botany. The particular tones offered by this painting technique allow for the texturing of details and give the canvas a unique depth, which other painting techniques do not offer.

The aesthetic qualities of painting continued into the 19th century, so much so that great artists such as Degas took up the art. They no longer hesitate to go out and capture the essence of nature and transcribe it in their own way onto the canvas.

Today, contemporary art artists interpret watercolor to cover all painting styles. Although landscape and illustration are widely represented, it is also possible to discover paintings in an urban style.
Vassily Kandinsky's First Abstract Watercolor shows that watercolor painting is not limited to landscapes.


How is watercolor painting done?

Watercolor paint has the quality of drying quickly. Unlike oil painting, artists can stop and then resume the session. It is the fineness of the line and the watery softness of the paint that makes it possible to obtain canvases with a chromatic appearance. Turner's "Albrecht Dürer" comes to mind, evoking a blurred landscape with an oppressive atmosphere.

The dilution capacity of a watercolor painting allows the artist to retouch his work, thanks to the evaporation of the water contained in the mixture. But the difficulty lies in the painter's ability to dose the quantity of water so as not to alter the pre-existing layers.
The pigments suspended in the paint are particularly sensitive to light. Some works, like Turner's, appear blurred and deep. The light will pass through the layer to reflect on the surface of the canvas.

However, it is advisable to use gum arabic as a binder for watercolor paint. Adding gum arabic to the colours will make them more brilliant and more resistant.

This transparency induces a rigour concerning the superposition of the colours applied on the canvas. The lightest colours must be applied first, so as not to risk masking them with a darker shade.

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