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Watercolor and watercolor painting
by Universalartist Herbert Lippert

Watercolor painting has a long history and was already known in ancient Greece. The first surviving examples date back to the 13th century, when monks in Italy painted miniatures with watercolors on parchment.


In the 18th century, watercolor painting gained popularity in Europe. Especially in England, a lively watercolor scene developed, supported by the Royal Watercolour Society. In the 19th century, watercolor painting was further promoted by the Romantic movement and many famous artists such as J.M.W. Turner or William Blake used this technique for their works.


In the 20th century, watercolor painting continued to develop and was used by many artists as a field of experimentation for new techniques and styles. Well-known representatives of this time were, among others, Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky.


Today, not only traditional styles and motifs are used, but also modern approaches and techniques. Watercolor painting is a living art form that has a long and rich tradition.

Watercolor galleries

Please click on one of my galleries - click one of the oil paintings:

Herbert Lippert - Crete - Gallery - Watercolor on paper

Crete - gallery - watercolor on paper

Herbert Lippert - Winter Salzkammergut - Gallery - Watercolor on paper

Winter Salzkammergut - Gallery - Watercolor on paper

Herbert Lippert - Winterreise - Gallery - Watercolor on paper

Winter journey - Gallery - Watercolor on paper

Herbert Lippert - Sankt Florian - Gallery - Watercolor on paper

"Saint Florian" - Gallery - Watercolor on paper

Herbert Lippert - Individual paintings - Gallery - Watercolor on paper

Single images - Gallery - Watercolor on paper

Watercolor - styles and technique

Watercolor painting has been around for centuries. Colors are applied to paper that has previously been moistened with water. This creates a special transparency and luminosity of the colors, which makes watercolor painting so unique.


A great advantage of watercolor painting is its versatility. It is suitable for both fine details and larger areas and is therefore suitable for different styles and motifs. By using different types of paper, brushes and colors, the artist can achieve different effects, from pastel tones to strong, bright colors.


However, watercolor painting also requires experience and technique, as the colors are often difficult to control due to their transparency. Mistakes are difficult to correct because the paint dries quickly and cannot be easily painted over. The artist must therefore plan and work carefully to achieve the desired result.


In realism, the painter tries to reproduce reality as accurately as possible. This requires a lot of talent, patience and accuracy in painting, but rewards with a realistic image of the subject.


In Impressionism, the artist focuses on depicting the perception of light and color in nature. He often works with short, emotional brushstrokes and strong colors, in oil paintings also with the application of paint and thus the texture of the images.


Expressionism focuses on expressing emotions and moods through colors and shapes. The colors are often bright and intense, the shapes sometimes distorted or abstract.


Abstract art is a style that does not depict recognizable objects or shapes, but focuses on colors, shapes and textures.


Pop artists focus on depicting everyday objects and popular culture. They often work with clean lines and bright colors.


Surrealism lives in the imagination and the subconscious. The images are often unusual and unexpected and often use surreal or dream-like elements.

Watercolor - answers and questions
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