Great British Watercolors

Inventing the modern watercolor: A Yale exhibit heralds the work of British artists Sebastian Smee Boston Globe August 3, 2008

“A red-hot topic of conversation around English dinner tables in 1806, if we are to believe the diary of the artist Joseph Faringdon, was the vexing question of whether watercolor was a superior medium to oil paint.

“Skeptics might suggest that there were weightier affairs to get het up about over dinner (strange goings on across the Channel, for instance). But let’s, for the sake of it, buy into the debate.

“Now is as fine an occasion as any, since the Yale Center for British Art is wrapping up its long celebration of the centenary of founder Paul Mellon’s birth with an exhibition called ‘Great British Watercolors,’ taken from the extraordinary Mellon Collection.”

Posted by: Tanya

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