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Watercolor paintings

At Carré d'artistes, discover a wide range of watercolor paintings painted by the greatest contemporary artists. Admire the softness and sensuality of emotion, focused on the canvas.

History of watercolors

The origins of watercolor date back to the prehistoric era. People were already mixing water with mineral pigments or of natural origin to paint the cave walls. Think about this heritage in the Lascaux caves lined with animal representations.
The history of this pictorial technique put down roots in the Middle Ages, a period during which watercolor was used to initiate the art of calligraphy and illustrate the works of historical frescoes. The watercolor artist who democratized the use of this painting is undoubtedly the German Albrecht Dürer, who used it to portray his vision of Nature on canvas. "Le Lièvre" (The Hare) and "Un étang en forêt" (A pond in the forest) demonstrate the concern for realism imposed by Humanism, which is highlighted by this painting.
From then on, watercolor artists did many works in relation with botany. The peculiar colors offered by this paint help texturize the details and provide the canvas with unique depth, which other painting techniques do not offer.
The aesthetic qualities of painting continued until the 19th century, to such an extent that great artists like Degas were initiated to this art. They no longer hesitated to go out and capture the essence of Nature and transcribe it in their own way on the canvas.
Today, contemporary artists interpret watercolor to sweep out all painting styles. Although landscapes and illustrations are widely represented, it is quite possible to discover paintings of an urban style.

How does one practice watercolors?

Watercolor paint has this quality of drying up quickly. Unlike oil painting, artists can stop and then resume their session. The smooth patterns and the watery softness of the paint make it possible to obtain a painting, with a chromatic appearance. One mainly thinks of "Albrecht Dürer" by Turner which evokes a blurry landscape, along with an oppressive atmosphere.
The dilution capacity of a watercolor painting allows the artist to fine tune his work, due to the water evaporation present in the mixture. But the main difficulty lies in the painter's ability to measure the quantity of water, so that the pre-existing layers aren’t affected.
The pigments in paint are rather sensitive to light. Some works, like Turner's, seem blurry and deep. The light passes through the layer, to reflect on the surface of the canvas.
This transparency induces a discipline, which concerns the superposition of the colors applied on the canvas. The lighter colors should be coated first, so that they aren’t concealed with a darker shade.

In the wake of the greatest watercolor artists , Carré d'artistes offers contemporary paintings by the best painters of our time.


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