It’s just water, pigment, a little binder and paper. What’s so difficult in painting a brilliant watercolour? Sargent shows us how to do it.
With a binder of gum arabic, watercolours came into use in the Renaissance, and have steadily increased in popularity.
The first in a series of 4, starts with Dürer’s brilliant paintings, looks at Raphael, Hans Bol, and the beginnings of the ‘English School’.
Although few of his finished paintings survive, he was a major influence on John Constable and others, and some of his techniques were not exploited until the 20th century.
There are many important anniversaries to celebrate in paintings this year: here are some tasters.