Watercolour room guide Introduction

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This exhibition explores what watercolour can achieve in terms of technique and expression that no other medium can, and why it is capable of producing an astonishing variety of effects, from subtle atmospheric washes to brilliant translucent colour. 

British artists have been among the greatest exponents of watercolour, and the medium has long been regarded as a distinctive part of British cultural heritage. The exhibition celebrates the association of watercolour with famous masters such as Blake, Turner and Girtin, and also presents watercolour’s huge range and appeal, for amateurs and professionals, for show and intimacy, for realistic representation and for hallucinatory or abstract invention.

Watercolour The natural world

Watercolour exhibition at Tate Britain 16 February – 21 August 2011 the natural world

Watercolour Intimate knowledge

Watercolour exhibition at Tate Britain 16 February – 21 August 2011 room guide intimate knowledge

Watercolour Travel and topography

Watercolour exhibition at Tate Britain 16 February – 21 August 2011 room guide travel and topography

Watercolour and war

Watercolour exhibition at Tate Britain 16 February – 21 August 2011 room guide watercolour and war

Watercolour Inner vision

Watercolour exhibition at Tate Britain 16 February – 21 August 2011 room guide inner vision

Watercolour The exhibition watercolour

Watercolour exhibition at Tate Britain 16 February – 21 August 2011 room guide the exhibition watercolour

Watercolour Abstraction and innovation

Watercolour exhibition at Tate Britain 16 February – 21 August 2011 room guide abstraction and innovation

Watercolour Water + colour: exploring the medium

Watercolour exhibition at Tate Britain 16 February – 21 August 2011 room guide water + colour: exploring the medium