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Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

REALIST STYLE

Realist art attempts to portray its subject matter without artifice. Similar to naturalism, authentic realist paintings and prints see an integration of true-to-life colors, meticulous detail and linear perspectives for accurate portrayals of the world. 

Work that involves illusionistic techniques of realism dates back to the classical world, such as the deceptive trompe l’oeil used since ancient Greece. Art like this became especially popular in the 17th century when Dutch artists like Evert Collier painted objects that appeared real enough to touch. Realism as an artistic movement, however, usually refers to 19th-century French realist artists such as Honoré Daumier exploring social and political issues in biting lithographic prints, while the likes of Gustave Courbet and Jean-François Millet painting people — particularly the working class — with all their imperfections, navigating everyday urban life. This was a response to the dominant academic art tradition that favored grand paintings of myth and history. 

By the turn of the 20th century, European artists, such as the Pre-Raphaelites, were experimenting with nearly photographic realism in their work, as seen in the attention to every botanical attribute of the flowers surrounding the drowned Ophelia painted by English artist John Everett Millais.

Although abstraction was the guiding style of 20th-century art, the realism trend in American modern art endured in Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth and other artists’ depictions of the complexities of the human experience. In the late 1960s, Photorealism emerged with artists like Chuck Close and Richard Estes giving their paintings the precision of a frame of film.

Contemporary artists such as Jordan Casteel, LaToya Ruby Frazier and Aliza Nisenbaum are now using the unvarnished realist approach for honest representations of people and their worlds. Alongside traditional mediums, technology such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and immersive installations are helping artists create new sensations of realism in art.

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Style: Realist
Homeward. 1985, oil on cardboard and canvas, 50x40 cm
Located in Riga, LV
Homeward. 1985, oil on cardboard and canvas, 50x40 cm Alfejs Bromults (1913.3.IV - 1991.11.I) His first professional education was at National University at studies to R.Suta, J. B...
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1980s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Oil, Cardboard, Canvas

Soft Light in the Woods, Forest Landscape, Blue Tones, Handmade Cyanotype Print
Located in Barcelona, ES
This is an exclusive handprinted limited edition of a cyanotype print. This beautiful image shows the subtle afternoon light going through the woods during the summer. Details: + T...
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2010s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Photogram, Photographic Film, Emulsion, Ink, Watercolor, Photographic Pa...

At the sea. 2020, Watercolor, paper, 62,5 x 85 cm
Located in Riga, LV
At the sea. 2020, Watercolor, paper, 62,5 x 85 cm Zigmunds Šņore was born in 1942 in Latvia. His works has been exhibited since 1969 and are held in private collections in Latvia, ...
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2010s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Auguste Allongé (1833-1898) A Landscape with a pond, signed charcoal drawing
Located in Paris, FR
Auguste Allongé (1833-1898) A Landscape with a pond, signed lower left charcoal on paper 26 x 40.5 cm In good condition In a modern frame : 45 x 60.5 cm This is a beautiful charco...
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1870s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Charcoal

The University Church of St Mary Oxford - Dutch 1920's art watercolour painting
By Willem Leendert Bruckman
Located in London, GB
A fine large watercolour by British/Dutch listed artist Willim Leendert Bruckman. The painting depicts The University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, South Porch. It was exhi...
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1920s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Manhattan from the River - Dutch 1920's art oil crayon drawing New York city
Located in London, GB
This fantastic 1920's oil crayon drawing is by Dutch artist Adriaan Lubbers. It shows a birds eye view of New York. The view is of the river and boats towards Manhattan. A really ic...
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1920s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Oil Crayon

Moored Barges - Arts & Crafts British pastel by Bernard Sleigh
Located in London, GB
BERNARD SLEIGH (1872-1954) Moored Boats Pastel Framed 24 by 22 cm., 9 ½ by 8 ½ in. (frame size ) At the age of 14 Sleigh was apprenticed to a wood engraver. At the same time he ...
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Early 20th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Pastel

The Market Place Venice - British Victorian art watercolour painting Italy
By Thomas Ellison
Located in London, GB
A fine, large watercolour by British listed artist Thomas Ellison who exhibited at The Royal Academy and the British Art institutions. It is a busy scene depicting the market at Veni...
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19th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Gathering Firewood by the Coast - Antique Scottish Landscape Watercolor Painting
Located in Sevenoaks, GB
A fine 19th century Scottish watercolor by William Carlaw depicting a lady gathering firewood by the coast. Signed ''William Carlaw 1872'' lower right. Artist: William Carlaw RSW (S...
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1870s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor, Laid Paper

St. Michael’s Mount - British 19th century art landscape oil painting Cornwall
By John Linnell (circle)
Located in London, GB
A fine, large period watercolour which is attributed to John Linnell or one of his circle. It certainly is a stunning painting. The dappled light glowing through the trees and the fi...
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19th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Swiss Rhine Landscape - British Victorian art watercolour painting riverscape
By Edward Richardson
Located in London, GB
This lovely British 19th century watercolour landscape painting is by highly regarded and much exhibited artist, Edward Richardson. The artist was noted for his British and European ...
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19th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

The Mathematical Bridge, Queens' College, Cambridge River Cam watercolour
Located in London, GB
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20th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Merton Street, Oxford watercolour by Bernard Cecil Gotch
Located in London, GB
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20th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

William Walcot - 20th Century British watercolour of top of Spanish Steps, Rome
Located in London, GB
WILLIAM WALCOT (1874-1943) Piazza Trinita die Monti, the Spanish Steps, Rome Signed and dated l.r.: W Walcot 1922 Watercolour and bodycolour over traces of pencil Framed 54 by 84...
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Early 20th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

The Pool of London - 20th Century British marine watercolour by William Walcot
Located in London, GB
WILLIAM WALCOT (1874-1943) The Pool of London Signed and dated l.r.: W Walcot 1924 Watercolour and bodycolour over traces of pencil Framed 40.5 by 71.5 cm., 16 by 28 ¼ in. (frame...
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Early 20th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Oxford's skyline Dreaming Spires watercolour by Ken Messer
Located in London, GB
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Late 20th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Old Schools Quad, Bodleian Library, Oxford watercolour by Bernard Cecil Gotch
Located in London, GB
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20th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Horham Hall, Essex watercolour by John Chessell Buckler
Located in London, GB
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1830s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Oriel Square, Oxford watercolour by Bernard Cecil Gotch
Located in London, GB
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20th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

St John's College, Cambridge Kitchen Bridge watercolour by Christopher Wren
Located in London, GB
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1910s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Edinburgh Castle watercolour by Richard Westmacott
Located in London, GB
To see more, scroll down to "More from this Seller" and below it click on "See all from this Seller." Richard Westmacott (1775 - 1856) Edinburgh Castle (1800) Watercolour 29 x 41 c...
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Early 1800s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Working Horses in a Landscape - Dutch Victorian animal art equine W/C painting
Located in London, GB
This lovely Victorian animal landscape watercolour painting is by Dutch artist Johannes Martinus Vrolyk or Vrolijk. Painted in 1875, the painting is of two working horses, one white ...
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1870s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Outgoing Fog (South Bristol, Maine)
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Outgoing Fog Watercolor on paper, 1976 Signed by the artist lower left Painted in South Bristol, Maine Condition: Excellent Watercolor size: 15 x 22 7/8 inches Frame size: 20 x 30 i...
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1970s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Lake landscape
Located in Geneva, CH
Aquatint from the beginning of the 19's century Illegible signature gold frame with glass, total size with frame: 38x48x3 cm
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Early 19th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Aquatint

19th Century Loch Tay Scottish Landscape
Located in Soquel, CA
Masterful Scottish watercolor landscape of Loch Tay with boats and small figures on the short by Aaron Edwin Penley (English, 1826-1897). Signed and dated lower left corner "A. Penle...
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1870s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

20th Century Miniature Oil Painting of an English River Scene by British Artist
Located in Preston, GB
20th Century Miniature Oil Painting of an English River Scene by British Artist, Linda D Brooks Art measures 10 x 7 inches Frame measures 15 x 12 inches
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20th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Paint, Oil, Board

QUEEN MARY, LONG BEACH, CA - ORIGINAL ARTIST DESIGN CONCEPT FOR PLACEMENT
Located in Santa Monica, CA
QUEEN MARY, LONG BEACH, CA - ORIGINAL ARTIST DESIGN FOR THE PLACEMENT OF THE SHIP Watercolor and gouache on board, 20 x 36 inches. Signed and dated by the artist - Segroves, 1969....
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1960s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor, Gouache

Mountain Sunrise
Located in New Orleans, LA
Glenny created beautiful miniature watercolors, mostly still life. This image, Mountain Sunrise, of an idyllic landscape of hills and trees is rendered in greens and blues. It is si...
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1990s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

20th Century British Watercolour of Boats at Teddington by Paddy Carstairs
Located in London, GB
JOHN PADDY CARSTAIRS (1910-1970) Boats at Teddington Signed and dated ‘52; bears title and the artist’s address on the label attached to the backboard Watercolour and bodycolour ov...
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Mid-20th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Rolling Waves off Sidney, Seascape Diptych Cyanotype, Australian Coast, Indigo
Located in Barcelona, ES
This is an exclusive handprinted limited edition cyanotype. "Rolling Waves off Sidney" is a gorgeous original cyanotype diptych showing energetic waves embracing the Australian coas...
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2010s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Photographic Film, Emulsion, Watercolor, C Print, Color, Dye Transfer, L...

Promenade at Southport - British 19th century art coastal landscape watercolour
Located in London, GB
This charming 19th century watercolour painting is of the promenade at Southport. Painted circa 1842 the view is of the original Victoria baths on the left, built 1839, then Victoria...
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19th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Hasbrucken Wald Altenberg Germany - The Forest - Dutch 19thC wooded landscape
By Cornelius Springer
Located in London, GB
A stunning large drawing, signed and dated 1880, by Cornelius Springer. It is house behind glass in a fine frame. A huge heroic Ruisdael tree empowers this picture. Beneath it, worke...
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19th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Pencil

Blustery Clouds, Stormy Sky Landscape, Blue Tones, Extra Large Cyanotype, Paper
Located in Barcelona, ES
This is an exclusive handprinted limited edition cyanotype. "Blustery Clouds" is an cyanotype of the semi-abstract patterns of clouds in the sky after a storm. Details: + Title: Blu...
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2010s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Color, Etching, Lithograph, Photogram, Photographic Film, Emulsion, Ink,...

Derwent Water in the English Lake District by Modern British Landscape Artist
Located in Preston, GB
Causey Pike and Calf Close Bay, Derwent Water in the English Lake District by 20th Century Modern British Landscape Artist Arthur Terry Blamires (b. 1930) Art measures 35 x 19 inch...
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1990s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Oil, Board

“New Life” Earth-toned Abstract Watercolor Landscape Painting
Located in Houston, TX
Earth-toned abstract surrealist watercolor painting by Texas artist Mary Basye. The painting depicts a large tree with green bushes being uprooted with grey and blue clouds in the ba...
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20th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

“Not the Usual Watering Trough” Rustic Watercolor Landscape Painting
Located in Houston, TX
Rustic watercolor painting by Texas artist Mary Basye. The painting depicts a tin bathtub with a rustic earth-toned wood fence. Signed by the artist in the bottom right corner. Frame...
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1980s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Italian Village Scene II
Located in San Francisco, CA
This artwork "Italian Village Scene II" c.1880 is a watercolor on paper by noted Italian artist Roberto Gigli, 1846-1922. It is signed at the lower right corner by the artist. The ar...
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Late 19th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Italian Village Scene
Located in San Francisco, CA
This artwork "Italian Village Scene" c.1880 is a watercolor on paper by noted Italian artist Roberto Gigli, 1846-1922. It is signed at the lower left corner by the artist. The artwor...
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Late 19th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Sitges beach Barcelona Spain charcoal drawing
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Francesc Ferret Farreras ”Bruno” (1921-2000) - Sitges Beach - charcoal Measurements drawing 44x59 cm. Frame measures 65x79 cm.
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1950s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Charcoal

HMS Newcastle. In Sydney Harbor. December 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Royal Navy.
By Eric Erskine Campbell Tufnell
Located in Sutton Poyntz, Dorset
Commander Eric Erskine Campbell Tufnell RN English ( b.1888 - d.1979 ). HMS Newcastle in Sydney Harbor, December 1956. UK Squadron attending 1956 Olympics, Melbourne, Australia Water...
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Mid-20th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper

Romany Gypsy Caravan at the Round House, Clifton Lane, Wilford, Nottingham.
Located in Sutton Poyntz, Dorset
Edgar Woollatt. English ( b.1871 - d.1931 ). Romany Gypsy Caravan at the Round House, Clifton Lane, Wilford, Nottingham. Watercolour. Signed. Image size 10.8 inches x 20.5 inches ( ...
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Early 20th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Netherlands Dutch harbor scene
By Theodor Alescha
Located in Hudson, NY
Theodor Alescha (1898-1991). Netherlands harbor scene, ca. 1935. Pastel on paper mounted to illustration board, 18 x 24 inches. Measures 24 x 30 inches framed. Signed lower right. Ex...
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1930s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pastel

WC Ives, The New Bodleian Building, Oxford (1946) pencil drawing
Located in London, GB
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1940s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Pencil

Pastoral Landscape
Located in Surfside, FL
Susan Shatter ranks among the best contemporary American watercolor painters. Shatter studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture before receiving a BFA from Pratt inst...
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1970s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Bernard Cecil Gotch: Clarendon Building and Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford c.1950
Located in London, GB
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20th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Malibu Pine Sea View, Blue Tones California Landscape, Handmade Cyanotype, Paper
Located in Barcelona, ES
This is an exclusive handprinted limited edition cyanotype. Stunning image of a breezy "Malibu Pine Sea View". Details: + Title: Malibu Pine Sea View + Year: 2022 + Edition Size: 50...
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2010s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor, C Print, Color, Lithograph, Monotype, Woodcut, Photographic ...

Bernard Cecil Gotch: Worcester College, Oxford watercolour
Located in London, GB
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20th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Kingfisher, Sally Ann-Johns, Original drawing for sale, Gold leaf art
Located in Deddington, GB
Kingfisher by Sally-Ann Johns Original and hand signed by the artist Sold framed Complete size of framed work: H:31cm x H:31cm x D:10cm Please note that insitu images are purely an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Pastel, Board

Barn in the Rolling Hills, 1970's Landscape Watercolor on Paper
Located in Soquel, CA
Wonderful minimalist mid-1970's landscape watercolor of a simple barn on a hilltop by Gretchen Guard (American, 20th Century). The artist used clean lines and decisive areas of color...
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1970s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Majestic Cloudy Sky, Handmade Cyanotype Print on Watercolor Paper, Blue Nature
Located in Barcelona, ES
This is an exclusive handprinted limited edition cyanotype of a gorgeous cloudy sky. Details: + Title: Majestic Cloudy Sky + Year: 2021 + Edition Size: 100 + Stamped and Certificat...
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2010s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Photogram, Photographic Film, Emulsi...

"Harvester at work in the field" - Ink Drawing on Heavy Paper
Located in Soquel, CA
Delicate and detailed drawing of a harvester in the field by an unknown artist. A team of horses is pulling a large harvester, controlled by four people riding on the machine. To the...
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Early 20th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, India Ink

'The Working Class Enjoying a Meal', Satire of Capitalism, Proletarian
Located in Santa Cruz, CA
Signed lower left, 'A. Manganaro' for 'Antonio Manganaro (Italian, 20th Century), and titled lower center, 'Ability of the Working Classes to Enjoy Meals Under Humble Surroundings'. ...
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Mid-20th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink, Gouache, Pen, Graphite

Two Fisherwoman Carrying a Basket, Walter Langley, 1852 – 1922, English Painter
Located in Bruges, BE
Two Fisherwoman Carrying a Basket Newlyn Harbour - The Breadwinners Langley Walter Birmingham 1852 – 1922 Penzance, United Kingdom English Painter Signature: Signed bottom right M...
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Late 19th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Jack Escapes the Giant - 1920s British Children's illustration by Frank Watkins
Located in London, GB
FRANK WATKINS (1863-1929) Jack Escapes the Giant Pen and ink, unframed, in conservation mount only 24 by 29 cm., 9 ¾ by 11 ½ in. (mount size 40 by 44.5 cm., 15 ¾ by 17 ½ in.) Fra...
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1920s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink

Azure Clouds, Cyanotype Diptych Skyscape on Paper, Springtime Blue Clouds
Located in Barcelona, ES
Exclusive limited edition cyanotype diptych. Details: + Title: Azure Clouds + Year: 2022 + Edition Size: 20 + Stamped and Certificate of Authenticity provided + Measurements : 100x21...
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2010s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Photographic Film, Emulsion, Watercolor, C Print, Color, Dye Transfer, L...

Dark Beach Sunrise, Nautical Cyanotype Print, Watercolor Paper, Blue Beach Coast
Located in Barcelona, ES
This is an exclusive handprinted limited edition cyanotype. "Dark Beach Sunrise" is a handmade cyanotype print portraying beautiful sunrise reflection on the beach. Details: + Titl...
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2010s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Marble

Sunbeam on Forest Leaves, Blue Tones Cyanotype Landscape, Paper, Limited Edition
Located in Barcelona, ES
This is an exclusive handprinted limited edition cyanotype of a beautiful landscape detail. Details: + Title: Sunbeam on Forest Leave + Year: 2021 + Edition Size: 100 + Stamped and...
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2010s Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor, Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Photogram, Photographic ...

Visiting Fife Fishing Boat in Whitby Harbor. Yorkshire. Marine Watercolor.
Located in Sutton Poyntz, Dorset
Frederick William Scarbrough. English ( b.1860 - d.1939 ). Visiting Fife fishing Boat in Whitby. Watercolour. Signed lower right. Image size 9.3 inches x 13 inches ( 23.5cm x 33cm )....
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Late 19th Century Realist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

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