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Boy in Boat, Gloucester, detail

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Description: Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light
In the nineteenth century, many artists reported mold problems in Whatman papers – the very type Homer favored. These sheets were infused with gelatin size in order to retard the absorption of washes into the fibers; where microbial molds digest this material, weakened or “unsized” areas remain. If the damaged paper is then layered with a water-color wash, these spots, having lost their barrier to moisture, preferentially absorb the color, leaving uneven, dotted passages. …
PublisherArt Institute of Chicago

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