Brooklyn Museum of Art

Brooklyn, NY




Masters of Color and Light: Homer, Sargent, and

the American Watercolor Movement

March 20 through July 5, 1998


William Trost Richards

Calm Before a Storm, Newport, 1874

The Museum's two landmark purchases of watercolors by John Singer Sargent (1909) and Winslow Homer (1912) established the foundation of what is today one of the largest and most important public collections of American watercolors, a collection that documents two centuries of changing attitudes toward this challenging yet accessible medium. While rich holdings of Sargent and Homer are among the Museum's best-known treasures, they represent only a fraction of this fine historical collection, which begins in the late eighteenth century and contains representatives of every major movement into the middle of this century.

Jacob Lawrence

Funeral Sermon, 1946

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