Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Houston, TX



American Watercolors

March 25, 2000 -- May 14 2000


"American Watercolors" is one of several special exhibitions to open the new Audrey Jones Beck Building of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on March 25, 2000. To commemorate this occasion, and to recognize the organization of Watermedia 2000 by the Watercolor Art Society-Houston, the museum presents thirty-five important watercolors from its own collection and public collections in Texas. Featuring works from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1990s, "American Watercolors" demonstrates how artists have continued to explore the aesthetic potential of the watercolor technique. (left: John Marin, The Little Sailboat, 1924, watercolor and charcoal on wove paper, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase with funds provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc. and by bequest of Ida R. Nussbaum by exchange, 75.4)

From John James Audubon to Brice Marsden, and including such giants of the medium as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and John Marin, this exhibition will convey through carefully selected examples the tradition and continuing vitality of the watercolor medium in American art. Other highlights include the colorful works of Maurice Brazil Prendergast, the mystical, eerie work of the American Scene painter Charles Burchfield, and the abstractions of Eva Hesse. (right: John James Audobon, Douglas's Squirrel, c. 1841-43, Pencil, ink and watercolor onpaper, original watercolor for the 1845 folio Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase with funds provided by "One Great NIght in November, 1994" 94.432)

This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and curated by Emily Neff, curator of American sculpture and painting, and Barry Walker, curator of prints and drawings. The Audrey Jones Beck Building, Brown Foundation Gallery is the location for this exhibit.

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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