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The Rapids, Hudson River, Adirondacks

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Description: Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light
When executing The Rapids, Hudson River, Adirondacks (figure b), Homer used his knife with great dexterity, drawing upon a range of techniques. To capture the bubbling foam of Whitewater charging over and around boulders, he scraped one-centimeter-wide round marks out of the pink and yellow washes (see figure a). Scraping is well suited to such effects; indeed, the author of one English watercolor manual wrote that, when painting running streams, the knife “produces the effect of …
PublisherArt Institute of Chicago
https://doi.org/10.37862/aaeportal.00173.036

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