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Are you considering the purchase of a watercolor painting?

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

Thinking of buying a watercolor painting? Choose from our selection of watercolor paintings for sale.
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Buying a watercolor painting  can be a great decision for art lovers and aspiring artists.

Watercolor painting is a painting technique that uses water and pigments to create soft, translucent color effects. Watercolor paintings are often prized for their natural beauty and ability to capture the essence of a landscape or scene.

By purchasing a watercolor painting, you can add a touch of elegance to your home while encouraging your creativity.

At Carré d'artistes watercolor paintings are priced according to the size of the painting. 
Watercolor painting from Carré d'artistes :  Spring in Prague by Volynskih Mariya



The origins of watercolor painting go back to the prehistoric era. Already, men mixed water with mineral pigments or natural origin to paint the walls of caves. Think of this heritage in the caves of Lascaux 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 democratized 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, professional watercolor artists have multiplied the works related to botany. The particular tints offered by this painting allow to texture the details and to confer to the canvas a unique depth, which the other techniques of painting do not offer.

The aesthetic qualities of painting were perpetuated until the 19th century, so much so that great artists such as Degas were introduced to this art. They no longer hesitate to go out and capture the essence of Nature and transcribe it in their own way on canvas.

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


How is watercolor painting done?

Watercolor paint has the quality of drying quickly. Unlike oil paint, artists can stop and then resume the session. It is the fineness of the line and the watery softness of the paint that allows to obtain canvases with a chromatic aspect. One thinks in particular of "Albrecht Dürer" by Turner which evokes a blurred landscape with an oppressive atmosphere.

The dilution capacity of a watercolor painting allows the artist to make alterations to his work, thanks to the evaporation of the water contained in the mixture. But all the difficulty lies in the ability of the painter to measure the amount of water so as not to distort the pre-existing layers.

The pigments in suspension 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 off the surface of the canvas.

However, it is advisable to use gum arabic as a binder for watercolor paint. By adding it to the colors, they will become more brilliant as well as more resistant.
This transparency induces a rigor concerning the superposition of the colors applied on the canvas. The lightest colors must be applied first, so as not to risk masking them with a darker shade.


Who are the great masters of watercolor paintings?

Many great artists have used the watercolor technique to create world famous watercolor paintings. These include William Turner, John Singer Sargent, Paul Cézanne, Albrecht Dürer, John James Audubon and Winslow Homer. 

The works of these artists are still widely appreciated today for their beauty and expressiveness. Whether you are an aspiring artist or an art collector, watercolor paintings are an excellent choice to bring a light and bright touch to your art collection.



To find the perfect watercolor painting for your art collection, we recommend determining which style of painting is right for you. 
There are many themes of watercolor paintings, each offering a unique aesthetic and a different expression of the artist's creativity. Here are some of the most popular styles at Artists Square: 

  • Nudes: Watercolor nude paintingfocuses on depicting the human form, with watercolor techniques to create effects of texture, light and shadow. Artists who practice this style of painting often have a particular sensitivity to the beauty and complexity of the human body.
  • LandscapesWatercolor landscape paintings are a popular choice for artists who enjoy capturing the beauty of nature, with techniques of layering colors to create effects of depth and texture.
  • Scenes of Life: Watercolor paintings of scenes of life depict everyday moments, people and objects in a variety of situations, allowing artists to capture the emotion and mood of a moment.
  • Sea Views: Watercolor paintings of sea views are popular with artists who enjoy capturing the vibrant colors of the ocean and coastline, using color layering techniques to create effects of movement and light.
  • Still Life: Watercolor still life painting focuses on depicting the beauty of inanimate objects. Artists who practice this style often create harmonious compositions from different objects, using watercolor techniques to create light and shadow effects to bring the objects depicted to life.
Each style of watercolor painting offers a unique artistic experience, allowing artists to create unique and beautiful works that reflect their own style and creative vision.

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