Friday, July 18, 2014

The Color of Nature: Recent Acquisitions of Landscape Watercolors

Where: National Gallery of Art

When: through September 14, 2014

If you're feeling a bit exhausted with huge shows and would like to see something a bit more relaxed, check out this small display of landscape watercolors at the National Gallery.  Tucked away in two little rooms on the ground floor, these represent a sample of the Gallery's recent additions to their collection in this genre.

Watercolors have been around for over 500 years, but they really took off in popularity in the late 18th century, due to improvements in materials.  The picture above is representative of what's on display.  These are accessible pieces, lovely to look at and easy to interpret.  The colors are vibrant and cheerful, dare I say it, the perfect antidote to the Wyeth show upstairs.

Verdict: If you like watercolors, you're in the mood for something soothing or if you've got a short time to see something at the National Gallery, this is a nice little show.

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