The exhibition, Watercolour, at Tate Britain attracted many reviews. Easy access to a number of these is presented here.  Artswrap.co.uk indicates an Average Review Rating: of 4/5 for the reviews as a whole. 
 
 
 
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Tate Britain makes a splash with watercolours

It is arguably one of the most ambitious surveys of watercolour staged in London but any visitor expecting safe, gentle and reserved should prepare for a surprise.

“We do hope to confound preconceptions, yes,” said chief curator Alison Smith.

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Mark Brown | The Guardian
 

Tate Britain’s new watercolour exhibition

Is Tate allergic to beauty? The solo exhibitions this winter at the four Tates – Susan Hiller at Millbank, Gabriel Orozco at Bankside, Simon Starling at St Ives and Nam June Paik in Liverpool – certainly deliver a dry, cerebral, conceptualist view of what art is about. Watercolour, Tate Britain’s new exhibition, promises something startlingly different…

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Jackie Wullschlager | Financial Times

Often derided as prissy and polite, watercolour is the most misunderstood of  mediums. But a blockbuster show shines exotic new light on its delicate and   intimate charms. Mark Hudson reports. One blazing summer afternoon some years ago, when my wife was heavily pregnant and we were full of the anxious euphoria that comes with imminent parenthood, we took one of the most romantic strolls in Britain: along the bare Northumberland cliff tops towards the spectacular ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle…

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Mark Hudson | The Telegraph
 
 

Watercolour wonders at Tate Britain and Courtauld Gallery

Unusually well-lit (mercifully too), there are now in Tate Britain’s subterranean gallery some wonderful watercolours, ranging over the three centuries that separate Anthony Van Dyck in c.1640 from Edward Burra in 1941. Let us imagine Van Dyck on the hill at Greenwich, looking north over the higgledy-piggledy buildings on the river’s bank, to the tall sailing ships tugged hither and yon by the breeze that is gentler with the forest trees that almost block his view…

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Brian Sewell | Evening Standard
 

Watercolour, Tate Britain

Does watercolour painting suffer from an image problem? Do you think of the wild, vaporous seascapes of Turner, or Victorian ladies at their sketchbooks dabbing daintily at wishy-washy flower paintings? Do you associate the medium with radical innovation or with staid tradition? And would Jackson Pollock have appeared quite so heroic flinging thin washes of watercolour around instead of viscous oils?…

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Fisun Güner | The Arts Desk

Watercolour, Tate Britain, review

In its purest form, watercolour consists of pigment mixed with water and water-soluble gum binder. Light, liquescent and quick drying, watercolour is so easy to handle that children can paint with it, but those same properties make it a fiendishly difficult medium to master…

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Richard Dorment | The Telegraph

 

Sheila Hancock Brushes Up: The Art of Watercolours

Watercolours have always been the poor relation of oil painting. And yet the immediacy and freedom of painting in watercolours have made them the art of adventure and action – even war. It has been an art form the British have pioneered, at first celebrating the greatest landscapes of Europe and then recording the exotic beauty of the British Empire.

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Sheila Hancock | BBC iPlayer
 

Watercolour, Tate Britain, London

Once upon a time watercolour was a fairly lowly utility medium.

Used by map-makers and manuscript illuminators, it was deft and quick-drying, capable of capturing something on the wing…

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Michael Glover | The Independent
 

This ambitious new show on watercolour art spans 800 years, and includes everything from war art to botanical illustrations.

Here’s a sample of the work on offer.

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The Guardian

 
 

Refreshing watercolours

Watercolour painting is traditionally the preserve of chocolate-box landscapes and pictures of gambolling kittens. The paint is cheap, relatively easy to use (compared to oil, say), and is at the mercy of a ‘less is more’ principle as far as piling it on goes.

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The Independent

 
 

Awash with inspiration

Tate Britain’s new show proves there’s more to watercolours than pallid sunsets, but where are the happy amateurs?  Paint is basically coloured mud mixed with some sort of binder. Like cooking, it feels basic but the chemistry is complex. And like cooks, artists have very different attitudes to the stuff they use. Raid the fridge and make it up as you go along. Bung it on, straight out of the tube or the tin.

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Adrian Searle | The Guardian

 
 
 

Medium is message at Tate Britain ‘Watercolour’ show

Watercolor is the medium of schoolchildren, of hobbyists, of amateurs. It evokes associations with plastic paint brushes stuck in a jam jar, of coloring within the lines. Even in the hands of a masterful artist, it retains a sense of intimacy and informality: calligraphic sweeps of a brush as a shorthand for a figure or a landscape, accidental effects of light and shadow created from the way a pool of color flows across wet paper. It is, therefore, an unlikely focus for a blockbuster show.

The Tate Britain in London, which opened the show “Watercolour” last month, is playing up this contradiction.
 
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