Eye Candy for Today: William Holman Hunt watercolor still life

Still Life with Plums, William Holman Hunt, watercolor

Still Life with Plums, William Holman Hunt, watercolor (details)

Still Life with Plums, William Holman Hunt

Watercolor on paper, roughly 12 x 14 inches (30 x 37 cm); in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum. (Zoomable and downloadable versions of the image are available on the site.)

A beautiful and sensitively observed still life by the Pre-Raphaelite master. It appears to be done in a watercolor technique that combines the intricate application of drybrush and stipple.

It’s interesting to compare this to the similarly rendered watercolor still life paintings of William Henry Hunt. (As far as I know, the two Victorian painters just have similar names and are not related.)

 
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3 Replies to “Eye Candy for Today: William Holman Hunt watercolor still life”

  1. Thanks for this timely post. Lovely bloom on those plums, The detail is almost overwhelming in the work of the Pre-Raphaelites, isn’t it?
    I am up to my eyeballs in watercolour, preparing for a botanical show atm, I immediately noticed the tiny dashes, and thought ‘you’re ALLOWED to do that?’ And why not? It’s a good idea to avoid picking up the bottom layers. I am going to have a wee play and maybe do a little of this technique for detail/ texture and hairy underside of leaves if it seems to create the right effect.

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