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Watercolour Paintings

A classic and universal technique, watercolour was a key element in the early stages of art and has brought together Asian and European artists over the centuries. KAZoART's watercolour artists are proud to be ambassadors for this diversity, which appeals to all audiences! Discover out selection of original contemporary watercolour paintings! 

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Inspiration
Inspiration
$1,574
Watercolour (28 x 38 cm)
Catfish
Catfish
$405
Watercolour (30 x 40 cm)
Les couleurs du temps
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Les couleurs du temps
$1,349
Watercolour (39 x 51 cm)
Gallo
Gallo
$450
Watercolour (30 x 45 cm)
Souvenir en rouge et vert
Souvenir en rouge et vert
$955
Watercolour (28 x 38 cm)
Jamais seuls
Jamais seuls
$618
Watercolour (40 x 30 cm)
Pays sage II
Pays sage II
$2,473
Watercolour (73 x 103 cm)
Sans titre
Sans titre
$955
Watercolour (64 x 50 cm)
Rue de l'hotel colbert à paris
Rue de l'hotel colbert à paris
$393
Watercolour (23 x 50 cm)
À la lisière de la forêt
À la lisière de la forêt
$427
Watercolour (29 x 42 cm)
La chute d'eau
La chute d'eau
$944
Watercolour (80 x 65 cm)
La terre - 005
La terre - 005
$422
Watercolour (40 x 50 cm)
Tant pis - série des elles
Tant pis - série des elles
$247
Watercolour (20 x 20 cm)
Giboulée en novembre
Giboulée en novembre
$450
Watercolour (40 x 30 cm)
Geisha
Geisha
$225
Watercolour (12 x 12 cm)
Village view 4
Village view 4
$506
Watercolour (35 x 25 cm)
Cbg 2020 //// fig 005
Cbg 2020 //// fig 005
$1,517
Watercolour (121 x 69 cm)
Le poulpe télépathe
Le poulpe télépathe
$50,579
Watercolour (800 x 300 cm)
Higashioji dori - Kyoto
Higashioji dori - Kyoto
$2,023
Watercolour (50 x 34 cm)
Steppe vestige 1
Steppe vestige 1
$1,012
Watercolour (60 x 42 cm)
Marnie
Marnie
$1,012
Watercolour (33 x 45 cm)
Estuaire - 004
Estuaire - 004
$562
Watercolour (50 x 70 cm)
Terre de soleil 2
Terre de soleil 2
$427
Watercolour (30 x 30 cm)
Cuban lady
Cuban lady
$562
Watercolour (40 x 50 cm)
A la croisée des chemins
A la croisée des chemins
$562
Watercolour (50 x 35 cm)
Rêves à deux
Rêves à deux
$618
Watercolour (40 x 30 cm)
Dreamland 4
Dreamland 4
$1,798
Watercolour (60 x 46 cm)
Fous
Fous
$1,686
Watercolour (55 x 75 cm)
Living at the Fuji
Living at the Fuji
$405
Watercolour (30 x 40 cm)
Son profil
Son profil
$787
Watercolour (50 x 65 cm)
Et toi, tu es jalouse ?
Et toi, tu es jalouse ?
$1,236
Watercolour (61 x 46 cm)
L'optimiste
L'optimiste
$1,686
Watercolour (65 x 50 cm)
Vision d'alice
Vision d'alice
$1,349
Watercolour (40 x 29 cm)
Les fleurs du soir
Les fleurs du soir
$427
Watercolour (27 x 27 cm)
Phénomènes éphémères
Phénomènes éphémères
$281
Watercolour (20 x 20 cm)
Les guépards
Les guépards
$292
Watercolour (40 x 30 cm)
Sporogones rouges
Sporogones rouges
$247
Watercolour (30 x 20 cm)
La cabane
La cabane
$202
Watercolour (20 x 30 cm)
Présence
Présence
$1,686
Watercolour (28 x 38 cm)
Les fleurs d'Hortense
Les fleurs d'Hortense
$787
Watercolour (48 x 48 cm)
Steppe 2
Steppe 2
$1,012
Watercolour (57 x 42 cm)
La matière exotique-007
La matière exotique-007
$562
Watercolour (50 x 70 cm)
Enveloppe charnelle
Enveloppe charnelle
$1,349
Watercolour (51 x 71 cm)
Indifférent
Indifférent
$618
Watercolour (40 x 30 cm)
Mousses
Mousses
$910
Watercolour (56 x 75 cm)
Sun uprising, chemin de solstice  dyptique
Sun uprising, chemin de solstice dyptique
$1,349
Watercolour (55 x 30 cm)
Papille caliciforme androcée du termosphère
Papille caliciforme androcée du termosphère
$562
Watercolour (49 x 34 cm)
Havane
Havane
$1,124
Watercolour (56 x 76 cm)
Dark Vador
Dark Vador
$427
Watercolour (30 x 40 cm)
Répétition 25.11.2008
Répétition 25.11.2008
$899
Watercolour (40 x 40 cm)
Couleurs d'automne
Couleurs d'automne
$247
Watercolour (20 x 20 cm)
Derniers matins
Derniers matins
$1,124
Watercolour (40 x 29 cm)
Time of day 4
Time of day 4
$540
Watercolour (35 x 25 cm)
Brun
Brun
$405
Watercolour (14 x 20 cm)
Kyoto red gate
Kyoto red gate
$2,529
Watercolour (90 x 60 cm)
Le citronnier
Le citronnier
$955
Watercolour (45 x 108 cm)
Utopie
Utopie
$1,102
Watercolour (27 x 25 cm)
Traces d'arbres
Traces d'arbres
$506
Watercolour (26 x 31 cm)
Brumes
Brumes
$899
Watercolour (70 x 50 cm)
L’ami.e zen
L’ami.e zen
$787
Watercolour (38 x 46 cm)
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Famous watercolour movements and artists

Watercolour painting was the technique used in caves during prehistoric times, yet the authors remained anonymous, just like the monks in the Middle Ages who used it for their illuminations. The first famous watercolour artists saw the day in the 13th and 15th century in China: Huang Gongwang, Wang Meng and Shen Zhou, painted delicate and subtle watercolour landscapes.

In Korea, in the 18th century, Jeong Seon, from the Southern School, advanced the technique of watercolour by leaving his studio to paint more realistic landscapes, as depicted in The Thinning of Mount Inwang after the Rain (1751).

English artist, Joseph Mallord William Turner brought the innovation that is watercolour painting to Europe in the 19th century. Watercolour was this young talented artist’s favourite medium, since it enhances light and is ideal for representing landscapes. As an innovative artist in the technique he played on transparency and light: Bolton Abbey, Yorshire (1825), Scene on the Loire (1828) and Heidelberg (1945).

Many other artists have distinguished themselves through their pioneering works, such as Paul Cézanne's Still Life in the Blue Pot (1906) or Winslow Homer's watercolour landscapes. Interestingly, watercolour has followed the general artistic reflection that has shifted towards abstraction since the beginning of the 20th century. Vassily Kandinsky's First Abstract Watercolour (1910) brilliantly demonstrates that watercolour painting is not limited to landscapes. The Blue series by Georgia O’Keefe is an equally a good example of this. Watercolour art mixes well with other techniques, including gouache and oil painting. Klee demonstrates this excellently in Fish Magic (1925), as do many other artists: Marc Chagall, Edward Hopper and Helen Frankenthaler, for the most famous.

Development of watercolour painting techniques

The very first uses of watercolour art date back to the Paleolithic period, used to represent daily life in caves. The technique was, however, initially developed in Asia, through the emerging art of calligraphy, and to paint portraits or landscapes. The natural pigments found in Asia are principally brown shades.

Scholarly monks commonly used this technique in the Middle Ages to illuminate their manuscripts. From the Renaissance onwards, the production of paper subsequently developed watercolour painting, which became increasingly popular and appreciated by artists since it was easy to transport, bright and transparent. Watercolour became the medium par excellence for works aiming to capture the most fleeting elements of nature: light and colour.

In the 19th century, several English artists adopted this technique, including William Turner. The wet brush technique, associated with gouache, and the dry brush technique thus begin to coexist, the latter giving a more intense range of colours and ribbed textures.

Many variants are commonly used by watercolour artists around the world, one of which is to add salt to the paint, for example, to convey an impression of imperfection. Unfairly labelled as an easy technique for amateurs, watercolour still has many resources and possibilities to offer, which young artists use to explore new channels of communication, and this starts on KAZoART with a wide selection of modern watercolours!

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