In 1860 the members of the RWS Council proposed that each newly elected Member should give a painting to the Society. This collection of amazing artworks forms the basis of the Royal Watecolour Society Diploma Collection - one of the most important collections of watercolours in the world. From Edward Burne-Jones and Dame Laura Knight to John Singer-Sargent and Russell Flint, it contains works from some of history's most prestigious artists in this field.
To create this beautifully presented book, the current members of the RWS have each chosen a work that personally and particularly inspires them. They have then generated works of their own that reflect that inspiration. The revealing essays that accompany these pictures give the reasons for their choice and discuss the methods that the artist of choice appears to have used, as well as the ways that these methods and approaches compare with their own. Brimming with beautiful paintings, this book provides useful and revealing insights from leading artists.
Offering a fascinating look inside the mind of the artist, Watercolour Masters provides a unique practical and theoretical insight into the work of the masters of watercolour, past and present.
The members of the Royal Watercolour Society are among the most talented and distinguished artists in Britain. In 2004, the RWS celebrated its bicentenary as the oldest watercolour society in the world. Its illustrious membership has included artists as varied as Cotman, Samual Palmer, Burne-Jones, Helen Allingham and Leslie Worth.