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Description: Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light
The pink and green washes in Weary (figure c), one of the earliest works that Homer executed entirely in transparent watercolor, derive their lightness and transparency from the medium’s physical properties. Watercolor consists of colored pigments suspended in a liquid solution of water and gum arabic, which is obtained from the acacia tree. The wash is absorbed as it is brushed across paper, with the pigments settling onto the surface. When dry, a colorless layer of gum …
PublisherArt Institute of Chicago

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