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Watercolor Paintings

Watercolor is made from a combination of pigment and transparent gum, such as gum arabic, diluted in water. Depending upon the amount of dilution, the white of the support shows through the watercolor and becomes part of the picture. Albrecht Dürer was one master of watercolor, using different levels of dilution to paint lighter and darker areas giving depth to his landscapes.

Watercolor is associated with precision, and is often utilized in detailed wildlife or botanical images. Artists are aware of the potential connotations when they choose to paint in watercolor. For a time, watercolor was seen as a medium strictly for women, but Paul Cézanne, Joseph Mallord William Turner, and Eugène Delacroix renewed its masculinity.

The range of artistic expression available in watercolor is staggering. From humorous animal-like pictures by George Condo, to a hat by Jim Dine, to watercolor images of stylish French aristocrats in bound books, the watercolor medium has an extraordinary variety of offerings. Artists often use watercolor in combination with other media, such as oil, crayon, pencil, or gouache.


Quick Facts

  • Sotheby’s New York sold Eva Hesse’s "Untitled," 1963, a collage on paper with watercolor, gouache, ink, and crayon, for $162,500 on March 5, 2015
  • The same company sold "Still Life and Young Girl (A Double-sided Work)," 1975, in watercolor on paper by Fernand Botero, for $56,250 on June 25, 2014
  • Christie’s New York sold Andy Warhol’s "One Dollar," 1961, in watercolor and graphite on paper, for $5.2 million on November 12, 2013

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Tomi Ungerer, 1931-2019, Heidi
Nov 29, 6:00 PM CET
Tomi Ungerer, 1931-2019, Heidi
by Germann Auction House Ltd
Est: CHF500- CHF600
CHF1,3009 Bids
Huber.Huber, 1975, No. 60, from "http://hunting women"
Nov 29, 6:00 PM CET
Huber.Huber, 1975, No. 60, from "http://hunting women"
by Germann Auction House Ltd
Est: CHF300- CHF500
CHF3602 Bids
Roland Topor, 1938-1997, Untitled
Nov 29, 6:00 PM CET
Roland Topor, 1938-1997, Untitled
by Germann Auction House Ltd
Est: CHF1,400- CHF1,800
CHF1,2001 Bid
Alois Carigiet, 1902-1985, Fischer am Strand
Nov 29, 6:00 PM CET
Alois Carigiet, 1902-1985, Fischer am Strand
by Germann Auction House Ltd
Est: CHF500- CHF800
CHF4401 Bid
Mimmo Paladino, 1948, Senza titolo (Untitled)
Nov 29, 6:00 PM CET
Mimmo Paladino, 1948, Senza titolo (Untitled)
by Germann Auction House Ltd
Est: CHF1,200- CHF1,600
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Rolf Iseli, 1934, Untitled
Nov 29, 6:00 PM CET
Rolf Iseli, 1934, Untitled
by Germann Auction House Ltd
Est: CHF800- CHF1,200
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Hans Ruedi Sieber, 1926-2002, Tösstallandschaft (Landscape in Toesstal)
Nov 29, 6:00 PM CET
Hans Ruedi Sieber, 1926-2002, Tösstallandschaft (Landscape in Toesstal)
by Germann Auction House Ltd
Est: CHF300- CHF600
CHF2600 Bids
Peter Somm, 1940, Untitled
Nov 29, 6:00 PM CET
Peter Somm, 1940, Untitled
by Germann Auction House Ltd
Est: CHF800- CHF1,200
CHF7000 Bids
Dumas, R. (20.Jh.) - "Village de Lourmarin", Aquar…
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Dumas, R. (20.Jh.) - "Village de Lourmarin", Aquar…
by Auktionshaus Blank
Est: €50- €150
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Etz, Peter Paul (1913-1995) - "Himmel aus Ultramar…
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Etz, Peter Paul (1913-1995) - "Himmel aus Ultramar…
by Auktionshaus Blank
Est: €80- €240
€800 Bids
Franke, Hanny (1890 Koblenz - 1973 Frankfurt/Main)…
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Franke, Hanny (1890 Koblenz - 1973 Frankfurt/Main)…
by Auktionshaus Blank
Est: €90- €270
€900 Bids
Micaletti, J. (20. Jh.) - Landschaft mit Blick auf…
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Micaletti, J. (20. Jh.) - Landschaft mit Blick auf…
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Unbekannte/r Künstler/in -frühes 20. Jh.- Szenisch…
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Unbekannte/r Künstler/in -frühes 20. Jh.- Szenisch…
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Est: €180- €540
€1800 Bids
PEBE (Paul Bader, 1928-2019) - Abstrakte Figur, 19…
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
PEBE (Paul Bader, 1928-2019) - Abstrakte Figur, 19…
by Auktionshaus Blank
Est: €80- €240
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Sehrig-Vehling, Else (1897-2005) - Junger Flötensp…
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Sehrig-Vehling, Else (1897-2005) - Junger Flötensp…
by Auktionshaus Blank
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€900 Bids
Steinbrunnen in St. Paul de Vence/Provence - Aquar…
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Steinbrunnen in St. Paul de Vence/Provence - Aquar…
by Auktionshaus Blank
Est: €120- €360
€1200 Bids
Unbekannte/r Künstler/in -20. Jh.- Venedig / Canal…
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Unbekannte/r Künstler/in -20. Jh.- Venedig / Canal…
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Est: €220- €660
€2200 Bids
Klaudia Schifferle, 1955, Untitled
Nov 29, 6:00 PM CET
Klaudia Schifferle, 1955, Untitled
by Germann Auction House Ltd
Est: CHF300- CHF400
CHF2600 Bids
Meuser – Ohne Titel
Nov 30, 6:00 PM CET
Meuser – Ohne Titel
by Karl & Faber - Timed
Est: €800- €1,000
€8000 Bids
Lill Tschudi, 1911-2004, Recto/Verso: Trockenes Flussbett (Dry Riverbed)
Nov 29, 6:00 PM CET
Lill Tschudi, 1911-2004, Recto/Verso: Trockenes Flussbett (Dry Riverbed)
by Germann Auction House Ltd
Est: CHF200- CHF400
CHF1800 Bids
Lill Tschudi, 1911-2004, Untitled (Band)
Nov 29, 6:00 PM CET
Lill Tschudi, 1911-2004, Untitled (Band)
by Germann Auction House Ltd
Est: CHF800- CHF1,000
CHF7000 Bids
Hanny Fries, 1918-2009, Clowns
Nov 29, 6:00 PM CET
Hanny Fries, 1918-2009, Clowns
by Germann Auction House Ltd
Est: CHF200- CHF300
CHF1800 Bids
Alois Carigiet, 1902-1985, 2 Sheets: Frau neben Bünderstube; Skizze für Wandgemälde (Study for mural painting)
Nov 29, 6:00 PM CET
Alois Carigiet, 1902-1985, 2 Sheets: Frau neben Bünderstube; Skizze für Wandgemälde (Study for mural painting)
by Germann Auction House Ltd
Est: CHF800- CHF1,200
CHF7000 Bids
Robert Salomon Gessner, 1908-1982, Still Life
Nov 29, 6:00 PM CET
Robert Salomon Gessner, 1908-1982, Still Life
by Germann Auction House Ltd
Est: CHF400- CHF600
CHF3600 Bids

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