TOP TEN MOST INFLUENTIAL AMERICAN WATERCOLOR ARTISTS
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10 Averys work is crucial to Americanabstract painting. Avery defiedconventional perspective in order tocreate representational, but highlyabstract paintings. His work was initially rejected asbeing too abstract or out of the norm.Later, as abstract expressionism tookhold in America, he work wasconsidered too representational.Morning Workout1955
9 From 1891 to 1894, Prendergast lived inParis, where he studied painting anddeveloped his understanding post-impressionism. Upon his return, hebecame associated with a group of artistsknown as The Eight, who championed amore progressive approach to art. Hetraveled to Europe many times between1898 and 1914. The artists assimilation ofthe avant-garde styles of Cézanne andMatisse is evident in his use of strokes ofvivid colors in intricate, decorative patternsthat draw attention to the pictures surface.Bathing, Marblehead1897
8 Arthur Dove is known as one ofAmerica’s first true abstract artists.His paintings depict the Americanlandscape through a reductionist’sapproach of bringing the forms downto their essence. There is a qualityof nature that stays within the workeven as the forms and shapes takeon more non-representationalaspects. In his first one-personexhibition, held at Stieglitzs Gallery291 in 1912, Dove establishedhimself as one of America’s mostprolific and inventive artists workingwith abstraction. His work hasinspired many future generations.Goat, ca. 1934
7 Demuth is known for his cubist style worksdepicting the Pennsylvania landscape andcityscapes. He studied at the Drexel Instituteof Art and later at the Pennsylvania Institute ofArt and Academy of Fine Art in Pennsylvania.Charles studied briefly with the French cubistAlbert Gleizes in Bermuda in 1917. Afterreturning to the United states, he developed hisown precisionist style of painting.Trees & Barns: Bermuda
6 Eakins was a native born artist who isbest known for his starkly realisticpaintings. Most notable is the GrossClinic (1875, Oil on canvas, 96” X78”Jefferson Medical College,Philadelphia).John Biglin in a Single Scull, ca.1873
5 Wyeth was the son of the famousillustrator, N.C Wyeth. He was a childprodigy who quickly developed areputation for detailed realism. Wyethfocused his career on depicting thelandscape and people around Chadd’sFord Pennsylvania and his summer homein Cushing, Maine. Wyeth’s regionaliststyle captured the gritty ruggedness ofboth people and land. He was wildlypopular during his lifetime and inspiredmany future artists. He is best known forhis works in watercolor and egg tempera.
4 O’Keeffe brought her own personalinstincts and style to the American artscene in the early 1900’s. Herpaintings show an economy of detailwith an emphasis on form, color, andshadow and exude of sense ofModernism. She worked bothrepresentationally and abstractly toreveal a unique vision of the southwest.Most noteworthy are her large floralpaintings.Untitled, 1917
3 Marin travelled to Europe from1905 to 1910 and returned toAmerica after being influence bythe works of Cezanne. He wasintroduced to Alfred Stieglitz soonafter his return, and under thedirection of The Stieglitz 291gallery, he began to interpret NewYork through an abstractwatercolor style, the likes of whichhad not been previously seen inAmerica.Sunset, 1922
2 John Singer Sargent was bornJanuary 12, 1856 to Americanparents living in Florence, Italy.Although he spent most of his lifein Europe, both of his parentswere raised in the United Statesand the artist considered himselfto be an American.Venetian Canal, 1913
1 Winslow Homer was a self-taughtartist and illustrator who workedas a documentary artist duringthe Civil War. After a visit toFrance where Homer wasexposed to the work of BarbizonSchool of painters, Homeradopted his mature style andsense of Realism. He latermoved to Maine, where hepainted several marine stylelandscapes.