Watercolor Washes and the Lure of the Sun

September 29, 2012, through October 28, 2012
The Climate and Demographics Informing the California Watercolor



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From the 1930s to the 1960s, a group of watercolorists based in Southern California responded to the region's distinctive environment by creating primarily large, colorful watercolors of the local scene, painted on the spot outdoors. These generally upbeat, optimistic images celebrated the Edenic California landscape, despite the dramatic demographic and economic forces that were already altering both the physical characteristics and social mosaic there.

A Space for Dialogue, founded with support from the Class of 1948, is made possible with generous endowments from the Class of 1967, Bonnie and Richard Reiss Jr., Class of 1966, and Pamela J. Joyner, Class of 1979.

Exhibition Curator

Hannah Jeton

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Exhibition subject: A Space for DialogueModern & Contemporary ArtUnited States & Canada