Josep Tapiró y Baró

Josep Tapiro y Baro, wateroclor portraits from Morocco
Josep Tapiro y Baro, wateroclor portraits from Morocco

Josep Tapiró y Baró was a Catalan painter active in the late 19th and early 20th century.

He spent the latter part of his life in Morocco, and his watercolor portraits of some of the people there — dressed in their most colorful traditional garb — were quite popular for a time with European and American aficionados of Orientalist art.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Carl Larsson’s Karin by the Shore

Karin by the Shore, Carl Larsson, watercolor
Karin by the Shore, Carl Larsson, watercolor (details)

Karin by the Shore, Carl Larsson; watercolor, 29 x 21″ (75 x 54 cm). Link is to para on Wikipedia which links to high-res image file. There is also a zoomable version on Google Art Project. Original is in the Malmö Art Museum.

Another of Swedish artist Carl Larsson’s delightful scenes of domestic life. In this one his wife, Karin, walks along the shore of the Sundborns river while their daughter, Brita, floats in a skiff with their dog.

The credits list this as simply watercolor, but it looks to me like he’s used pen and ink as well.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Carl Larsson domestic interior

When the Children have Gone to Bed, Carl Larsson, watercolor
When the Children have Gone to Bed, Carl Larsson, watercolor

When the Children have Gone to Bed, Carl Larsson, ink and watercolor, roughly 12 x 17 inches (32 x 43 cm). Link is to image page on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the NatinalMuseum, Stockholm.

Another of Carl Larsson’s wonderful ink and watercolor domestic scenes. This was part of a series called “A Home”, based on his own home and family.

I particularly like Larsson’s treatment of the lamp and its effects in the directional shadows of objects against the wall and the value statement of the faces.

 
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Ella Du Cane

Victorian painter Ella Du Cane, watercolor
Victorian painter Ella Du Cane, watercolor

Ella Du Cane was a Victorian watercolorist known for her paintings of various parts of the world — in particular, her delicate watercolors that obviously carry the influence of the colorful Japanese woodblock prints that were becoming increasingly popular in Europe and the UK at the time.

With her sister, Florence, Du Cane traveled to Japan and China, as wll as parts of Europe and the eastern Mediterranean.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Jean-Pierre Gibrat comics panel

Jean-Pierre Gibrat comics panel, Flight of the Raven, Quai de Valmy
Jean-Pierre Gibrat comics panel, Flight of the Raven, Quai de Valmy

Quai de Valmy, Flight of the Raven, Jean-Pierre Gibrat; ink, watercolor and gouache on paper; roughly 25 x 20 inches ( 65 x 51 cm).

Link is to listing on Christie’s auction, where the original art sold for almost 44,000 Euros (roughly $46,000). The listing desctiption is in Franch; (Google Translate to English here).

This is the art from a single panel, part of a single page of a more than 100 page French graphic story (or bande-desinées — literally, “strip of drawings”) titled Flight of the Raven (link is to Amazon used listing). The Englich translation volume is unfortunately out of print and going used for about twice its cover price used, but several English translated editions of Gibrat’s other graphic stories are still available at regular price, and I recommend them highly.

This story, and Gibrat’s drawings, beautifully evoke the look and feel of Paris during the German occupation in WWII.

I love the details of daily activity that Gibrat has worked into the panel. Just beautiful.

For more, see my previous post on Jean-Pierre Gibrat.

 
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Joseph Zbukvic (update)

Joseph Zbukvic, watercolor
Joseph Zbukvic, watercolor

Joseph Zbukvic is a well known painter who is considered a modern master of watercolor, and I would add that within that discipline, he is also a master of suggestion.

His paintings of urban scenes, rural landscapes, harbors, boats and many other subjects often appear rich with intricate detail, but on closer inspection reveal that he has skillfully prompted your mind’s eye to fill in much more detail than he has actually provided.

Zbukvic works primarily with a muted palette, at times punctuating his compositions with brief passages of high chroma colors.

If you search YouTube, you can find a number of videos featuring his work or showing him demonstrating technique.

I was particularly impressed wit this one. Starting at 36 minutes into the video, he demonstrates creating a simply suggested scene, and then proceeds to overpaint it into a completely different scene — twice, in watercolor!

Zbukvic’s work is currently on display in an extensive solo exhibition at Principle Gallery, Alexandria. The show is on view until November 27, 2023. Their site offers an interview with the artist.

 
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