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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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M. GEWIN (1900-1976), Clinker brick house, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
M. GEWIN (1900-1976), Clinker brick house, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €300- €400
€1400 Bids
M. GEWIN (1900-1976), Christmas card design, 1918, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
M. GEWIN (1900-1976), Christmas card design, 1918, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €150- €200
€1000 Bids
P. PARLO (1890-1967), The great admiration, 1913, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
P. PARLO (1890-1967), The great admiration, 1913, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €450- €600
€2400 Bids
P. PARLO (1890-1967), Guarani in Rio de Janeiro, around 1920, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
P. PARLO (1890-1967), Guarani in Rio de Janeiro, around 1920, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €450- €600
€2400 Bids
P. PARLO (1890-1967), La passionata, Tanzende Brasilianerin, 1922, Gouache
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
P. PARLO (1890-1967), La passionata, Tanzende Brasilianerin, 1922, Gouache
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €450- €600
€2400 Bids
P. PARLO (1890-1967), Brazilian Rio, Plakatentwurf, 1921, Gouache
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
P. PARLO (1890-1967), Brazilian Rio, Plakatentwurf, 1921, Gouache
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €450- €600
€2400 Bids
P. PARLO (1890-1967), Brazilian dancer, 1923, Gouache
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
P. PARLO (1890-1967), Brazilian dancer, 1923, Gouache
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €450- €600
€2400 Bids
P. PARLO (1890-1967), Que calore! Welche Hitze!, around 1920, Gouache
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
P. PARLO (1890-1967), Que calore! Welche Hitze!, around 1920, Gouache
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €450- €600
€2400 Bids
P. PARLO (1890-1967), Portrait of a lady with curls, 1913, Gouache
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
P. PARLO (1890-1967), Portrait of a lady with curls, 1913, Gouache
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €450- €600
€2400 Bids
I. BECKER (20th), Fashion studies. Ladies dressing, 1933, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
I. BECKER (20th), Fashion studies. Ladies dressing, 1933, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €300- €400
€1200 Bids
I. BECKER (20th), Fashion studies. Ladies at Ankleide, 1933, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
I. BECKER (20th), Fashion studies. Ladies at Ankleide, 1933, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €300- €400
€1200 Bids
W. DIEZ (1906-1979), Prisoner of war from the Dowsk camp, 1941, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
W. DIEZ (1906-1979), Prisoner of war from the Dowsk camp, 1941, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €600- €800
€4000 Bids
Unknown (19th), Alpine landscape with mountain lake, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
Unknown (19th), Alpine landscape with mountain lake, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €450- €600
€2400 Bids
Unknown (19th), Monk and nun near Eisenach, 1815, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
Unknown (19th), Monk and nun near Eisenach, 1815, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €600- €800
€3400 Bids
Unknown (19th), Low mountain range with castle ruins, around 1800, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
Unknown (19th), Low mountain range with castle ruins, around 1800, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €600- €800
€3400 Bids
V. FROER (1828-1900), Village church with bell tower, around 1880, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
V. FROER (1828-1900), Village church with bell tower, around 1880, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €75- €125
€500 Bids
L. HARTMANN (1835-1902), Rocks near Hohentwiel, around 1858, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
L. HARTMANN (1835-1902), Rocks near Hohentwiel, around 1858, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €600- €800
€3800 Bids
L. KERGEL (1814-1874), Tyrolean village road, 1870, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
L. KERGEL (1814-1874), Tyrolean village road, 1870, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €750- €1,000
€5000 Bids
E. KIESLING (*1851), At the Ratsdelft in Emden, 1894, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
E. KIESLING (*1851), At the Ratsdelft in Emden, 1894, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €600- €800
€4000 Bids
F. LOOS (1797-1890) attributed, Hut in the foothills of the Alps, 1884, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
F. LOOS (1797-1890) attributed, Hut in the foothills of the Alps, 1884, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €1,050- €1,400
€6500 Bids
A. MÜLLER (1836-1885), The first birthday, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
A. MÜLLER (1836-1885), The first birthday, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €1,200- €1,600
€7500 Bids
E. NAUMANN (*1842), The Hintersee near Ramsau, around 1870, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
E. NAUMANN (*1842), The Hintersee near Ramsau, around 1870, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €900- €1,200
€5500 Bids
S. NIEDERHÄUSERN (*1856), Mountain vetch or meadow foamwort, around 1880, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
S. NIEDERHÄUSERN (*1856), Mountain vetch or meadow foamwort, around 1880, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €600- €800
€3400 Bids
Unknown (19th), Floral still life with roses, around 1860, Watercolor
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
Unknown (19th), Floral still life with roses, around 1860, Watercolor
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €150- €200
€1000 Bids

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