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A Brief Introduction on Watercolor Painting
The art of making paper was introduced to Spain by the Moors in the 12th century and then spread to Italy. One of the first paper mills was that of the Fabriano Mill located in Italy which has had mills there since the late 13th century. One of the first watercolor paintings was known as buon fresco paintingdone on the Sistine Chapel which was begun in 1508 and finished in 1514. Albrecht Durer, (1471 to 1528) a german illustrator was painting in watercolor.

   Watercolor in America was important to recording the exploration of the land and people west of the Mississippi. George Catlin (1796-1870) who was known as one of the earliest explorer artists used watercolor to document his travels among the Indian tribes during the early 1800's.

    Thomas Moran painted watercolor sketches of Yellowstone in the late 1870's that were so impressive that Congress voted to make Yellowstone the nation's first National Park. Harper's Weekly recorded the Civil War with on-the-scene watercolor paintings of the battlefields and were used as illustrations for its newspapers and magazines. During the 19th and 20th centuries, many great American painters began using watercolor as their major medium to express their works.

    Some of my favorite watercolor artists from the past are:

James Whistler (1834-1903)
Maurice Prendergast (1859-1924)
Winslow Homer (1836-1910)
Thomas Eakins (1844-1916)
John Singer Sargent (1859-1925)
Childe Hassam (1859-1935)
    During the 20th century, watercolor changed and the diversity of it as a painting medium was used by such artists as:
Charles Burchfield (1893-1967)
John Marin ( 1870-1953)
Charles Demuth (1883-1935)
Edward Hopper (1882-1967)
Andrew Wyeth (1917- )

    Links to the Fabriano Mill, as well as Albrecht Durer, George Catlinand Thomas Moran are listed below:

Fabriano Mill
Albrecht Durer
George Catlin
Thomas Moran
    In the future What's New will explore new topics on the subject of watercolor.

    Please visit the links associated with artists listed above for some of their watercolors and more information about their legacy they have left to mankind on the art of painting in watercolor.

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