Luminous Paper: British Watercolors and Drawings
Featuring the work of some of the most famous British artists, including Thomas Gainsborough, J. M. W. Turner, and William Blake, this exhibition reveals multifaceted innovations in the fields of watercolor and drawing. From Turner's use of his thumbprint to roughen the texture of wash to the rise of the spectacular "exhibition watercolor" in the early 1800s, the medium of watercolor was dramatically transformed. Behind the scenes, artists experimented in drawing with novel subject matter and new modes of representation. This exhibition includes many masterpieces that were recently acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum in an effort to expand the British works-on-paper collection.