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British Watercolours 1760–1900 The Age of Splendour

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The Golden City: Rome from the Janiculum , 1873 Watercolour and Gouache With Pencil, Black Chalk and Gum Arabic 51.4 X 71.0 Cm © Courtesy of NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) International
British Watercolours 1760–1900 The Age of Splendour

180 St Kilda Road
3000 Melbourne
Victoria
Australia
October 14th, 2011 - February 19th, 2012
Opening: October 14th, 2011 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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WEBSITE:  
http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/
COUNTRY:  
Australia
PHONE:  
03 8620 2222
OPEN HOURS:  
Open 10am–5pm Closed Tuesdays

DESCRIPTION

This exhibition, drawn entirely from the NGV Collection, traces the revolution in British watercolours from the late eighteenth century to the end of the Victorian era. In this period the delicate, tinted drawing of the topographical draughtsman was transformed into a powerful and expressive art form by some of the Romantic and Victorian era’s greatest artists. Watercolour was pivotal to the changing attitudes to landscape at this time and witnessed a shift in emphasis from the recording of the observed world to the expression of the artist’s personal response to nature. The exhibition also reveals the increased ambition of watercolourists in the later 19th century whose ’exhibition watercolours‘ competed with oil paintings in terms of size, brilliance of colour and effect and range of subject matter.