Watercolor Painting

Impressionists, Post Impressionists and
* Early decades of the
nineteenth century
* Return to
* Emphasis on the imagination
and emotion
* Disorder and tumult
* Nature and its
unpredictability- potential for
extremes, nature as
violent/terrifying, mans
struggle with nature/oneself
* The “sublime” in art
Boxers, 1818Théodore Gericault
(French, 1791–1824)Lithograph
* Landscape
* Nature- unpredictable,
turbulent force
* SUBLIME: philosophy
* Something that cannot be
described or have limits put
on it, an extreme sense of
beauty or wonder, a vast
magnitude of greatness
Joseph Mallord William Turner (English,
1775–1851)The Burning of the Houses of
Lords and Commons, 16th October, 1834,
Interest in human nature, survival, hope
also interested in psychological states
through portraits- painting psychiatric
darker sides of childhood through
unconventional child portraits.
“Géricault believed that a face
revealed more, especially in
madness and at the moment of
death. He made many studies of
the inmates in hospitals and
institutions for the criminally
insane, and he studied the heads
of guillotine victims”
Raft of the Medusa
Expressive brushstrokes and his study of
the optical effects of colour profoundly
shaped the work of the Impressionists
Illustrated works by wrtiers Shakespeare,
Walter Scott and Goethe
Wanted to paint passion, with violent
Mephistopheles in Flight, 1828Eugène
Delacroix (French, 1798–1863)From
Goethe's Faust,
Liberty Leading the People
Battle of valmy
Vernet quickly developed a disdain
for the high-minded seriousness of
academic French art influenced by
Classicism, and decided to paint
subjects taken mostly from
contemporary culture
The Start of the Race of the Riderless Horses
*Collier Schorr
* Photographs of wrestlers
* “At matches I’m not really looking
for the pin. If I get it that’s a
bonus, but it’s so fast and it may
be across the room from you. You
get it if it’s in front of you. I think
I’m looking for introspection. I’m
looking for the moment before the
guy goes out there and he's
warming up. The moment when he
comes off, either exhilarated
because he won or devastated
because he lost. I’m looking for
anyone that’s bleeding. Anyone
that’s been beaten up a bit.”
Late 1800s, France
Vibrant color
Capturing the fleeting moment with quick brush strokes
Capturing nature as it was seen
Painting every day scenes from the world they knew
Cropping and framing became important
Paris, and city scenes were popular
Color theory was emerging so there was a lot of experimentation with
• And the use of the camera became popular, influencing their use of
foreshortening, perspective, candid qualities, off center focus,
• Painted plein-air (outside)
• Painting people in their environment, working outdoors
San giorgio at dusk
• Because of the liberating experience of
impressionism, other artists emerged with variations
on the style such as Vincent Van Gogh- a post
impressionist• Post impressionists use impressionist styles, but
were using color, marks and the subject matter in a
more abstract, symbolic and emotional way, thus
influencing early expressionism.
Corridor in
the asylum
Landscape at twilight