George Barret the younger was a founder member of the Society of Painters in Watercolour. His landscape watercolours were strongly influenced by the idealised compositions of the seventeenth-century artist Claude Lorraine. Exhibited under generalised titles such as 'Twilight' or 'Sunset', Barret's landscapes were executed in a range of warm colours based predominantly on browns and reds. Members of the Society of Painters in Watercolour were keen to emulate the depth of colour and richness of tone found in oil paintings. Their increased density of colouring resulted in a greater proportion of the paper's white surface being obscured. They then had to resort to devices like sponging or scraping to create highlights.
Gallery label, September 2004
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