Watercolor: A Medium for Masters

The Norton Museum of Art’s founder, Ralph Norton, loved watercolor and acquired major paintings by both modern American and European artists. A selection of his collection will be the subject of the exhibition Modern Spontaneity, featuring 15 watercolors from late 19th-century masters such as Winslow Homer through modernists such as Charles Burchfield, Charles Demuth, and Fernand Léger. This exhibition will reveal how watercolor both appeals to artists because of its apparent spontaneity and simultaneously frustrates them with its unforgiving nature. The exhibition runs February 9 through May 7, 2019.

Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910), “The Hudson River at Blue Ledge, Essex County,” 1889
Charles Demuth (American, 1883-1935), “Eggplant, Carrots and Tomatoes,” 1927
Marc Chagall (French, born Russia, 1887-1985), “Red Horse (Fiesta),” 1942

 

Charles E. Burchfield (American, 1893-1967), “In the Swamp,” 1917
Fernand Léger (French, 1881-1955), “Bicycle Riders,” 1944

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