September 15–October 15, 2017
Truly masterpieces of painterly skill, watercolors are prized for their unique freshness and fluid execution. Created with quick, immediate gestures, the works portray a spontaneity that belies the practiced sureness required of the artist, who must apply countless transparent and opaque layers of pigment over absorbent, unforgiving paper to produce a composition filled with sparkling light and jewel-like color.
Exhibition of watercolors is limited, as the works are sensitive to light and susceptible to irreparable fading over time. For a month only this fall, the Addison offers visitors a rare opportunity to view a selection of its treasured watercolors by recognized masters of the medium—Arthur B. Davies, Winslow Homer, John LaFarge, Thomas Moran, Maurice Prendergast, and John Singer Sargent.