New York: National Academy Galleries, 1942-1982. Softcover. 30 volumes. 8vo. All columes are illustrated wrappers with lettering to front wrapper. Scuffing, rubbing and staining to all wrappers. Owners' signature to front wrapper on some volumes. All volumes are illustrated throughout with b/w reprints from the water color paintings shown at the exhibition. In English. In very good condition.
On the American Water Color Society.
In 1866, the interest in the medium of water color was so pronounced that the American Society of Painters in Water Color was founded. The newly formed society held its first exhibition in the fall of 1867 and these annual exhibitions have continued through to the present time. American artist Winslow Homer was inspired by the success of a huge exhibition of nearly 600 European and American watercolors held by the ASPWC at the National Academy in 1873. This exhibition confirmed the significance of the American "watercolor movement." In 1878, the ASPWC name was changed to The American Water Color Society.
The American school was able to produce an abundance of important artists of exceptional importance that worked in watercolor between the 1870’s and the revolutionary Armory Show in New York in 1913, which included John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), John Marin (1870-1953) and Maurice Prendergast (1859-1924). Each artist represented an individual and unique approach to the medium. Today, watercolor has become known as the American medium. vg. Item #15459