Watercolor is often called the most moody and unpredictable technique. This is due to many nuances of the behavior of water-based paints. An artist inexperienced in watercolor painting, even observing all the rules, may not get the result he was counting on. But at the same time, watercolor is a very grateful technique, because it allows you to get the subtle nuances of halftones that are inaccessible to any other technique.
Watercolor came to Europe during the Renaissance. All lovers of ancient painting know the “Hare” by Albrecht Durer. But only in the XVIII century, masters of English painting were the first to actively use watercolor and developed the basic principles of this technique.
THE APPEARANCE OF AQUARELES IN ENGLAND.
When exactly the watercolor came to England – is unknown. Perhaps it was brought in by the great Dutchman Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641), who was a court painter of James I and Charles I. His work aroused keen interest of English artists of that era, and the desire to adopt his methods was completely natural. Continue reading
Authentication methods when buying paintings, graphics and other works of modern art.
When you are going to buy an expensive enough painting to invest money, as a gift, or just to decorate the interior, the question inevitably arises: how to verify the authenticity of the painting.
The question is not very simple, since there is no single universal way of proving the authenticity of a picture. In each case, you have to be creative in your examination. When buying a painting, it is better to adhere to a few residually simple rules.
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PAINT STORAGE REQUIREMENTS:
temperature and humidity conditions: 18-22 ° С at 40-70% humidity
maximum illumination 150 lux
lamps with a power of more than 100 candles (100W incandescent lamp or 20W fluorescent lamp) should be placed no closer than one meter from the object (200 candles – about 2 meters, etc.)
direct sunlight inadmissible
air mobility (drafts) and sudden changes in temperature and humidity are unacceptable
it is advisable not to touch the paint layer Continue reading