Drawn from the collections of the Eskenazi Museum of Art, this exhibition examines how artists have leveraged the challenges and possibilities of the watercolor medium over two centuries. Presenting highlights from the collection, it charts the evolving intersection of landscape painting with abstract approaches in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Freed from the studio, watercolorists in the eighteenth century sought to record and interpret outdoor and architectural spaces, as well as the relationship of these environments to one another. By the middle of the twentieth century, artists were taking advantage of watercolor’s unique properties to blur the boundaries between real and imagined, representational and abstract.
This exhibition is generously supported by James and Stephania McClennen.