Crocker Art Museum
The Loaded Brush: Recent Watercolors from the Crocker Art Museum Collection
April 9 though July 5, 1998
California artists in particular have created numerous outstanding watercolors, encouraged by temperate climates and spectacular geography that have provided incentive to work directly from nature. Although artists such as Christian Jorgensen and Percy Gray earned their reputations for watercolors of the California landscape during the early twentieth century, more recently painters have used watercolor to explore a large variety of subjects and styles.
5 Chimneys, 6 Views, Darrell Forney, 1979, watercolor on paper, Crocker Art Museum Collection
On view April 9 through July 5, 1998, The Loaded Brush features nearly twenty works from the museum's collection, most created since 1950, to demonstrate the diverse ways artists from our area have approached the watercolor medium.
Untitled Landscape (recto); two trees (verso), David Park, not dated, pencil and gouache on paper, Crocker Art Museum Collection
Early examples by Otis Oldfield and George Post rendering landscape motifs with bold brushstrokes, give way by the 1960s to precisely-recorded subjects as Robert Else's Rainy Beach with Figure (1962), and Jeremy Anderson's imaginative Map #3 (1963), in which a landform in the shape of San Francisco is labeled with points of interest such as "Dire Straits" and "Dilemma Bay".
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