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Tate Watercolor Manual : Lessons from the Great Masters - Tony Smibert

Tate Watercolor Manual

Lessons from the Great Masters


Published: 1st May 2014
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Watercolour is a classic medium, practiced by many but mastered by few. It reached a ‘golden age’ from around 1750 to 1850, when artists such as Claude, Corot, Alexander Cozens, Cotman, Girtin, Cox, Constable, Turner and Ruskin created beautiful and complex images, but using surprising simply systems and processes. This accessible and clear workbook is both a practical guide and informative history - beginning with a ‘1-day course’, the chapters cover technique, equipment and general theory, leading to twelve short sections examining the master watercolour artists. The authors also include following chapters on plein air, painting conservation, and a short overview of contemporary watercolour practice readers. Each chapter includes photographs and helpful examples of works in progress, methods and how-to demonstrations. Firmly designed for those who have not picked up a paintbrush since schooldays as well as more seasoned watercolour practitioners, Joyce Townsend and Tony Smibert have used their considerable expertise to develop a book with a breadth of content suitable for anyone who wants to become painter in watercolour, be a more assured and better artist, or simply gain new understanding of the great British watercolourists.

About the Author

Joyce Townsend is Senior Conservation Scientist at Tate and the author of Turner’s Painting Techniques and co-author of How to Paint Like Turner.

Tony Smibert is a painter based in Tasmania who has held over forty exhibitions worldwide. His paintings are in many public and private collections. He is co-author of How To Paint Like Turner.


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Water colour reference material


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    Excellent reference book for water colour artists written by a great informing practising artist. Tony Smibert is the best teacher of water colour as he was trained as a teacher.

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    ISBN: 9781849760881
    ISBN-10: 1849760888
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 144
    Published: 1st May 2014
    Publisher: Tate Publishing
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 26.9  x 1.4
    Weight (kg): 0.79
    Edition Number: 1