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American Watercolor, 1860-1960

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City


A lone sailor in a small boat, a bustling Italian flower market and Kansas City’s Argentine neighbourhood after the Great Flood of 1951 are among the subjects that have been represented by American artists in watercolour. Not only diverse in subject, paintings in watercolor can be intimate or expansive and showcase an array of techniques. Watercolor is a medium with the capacity to be fluid or precise, translucent or opaque. In this exhibition, artists working in watercolour between 1860 and 1960 explore the nuances of their materials, the depths of themselves, and the sweep of the globe. Read more.