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Boy with Pull Toy
By Jessie Willcox Smith
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Pen and Ink on Paper Signature: Signed Lower Right Line drawing illustration from Robert Louis Stevenson's "A Child's Garden of Verses" (New York: Scribner's, 1905). A char...
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20th Century Vintage Drawing Toys

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Paper, Ink, Pen

Man Showing Young Boy a Toy Boat
By James Montgomery Flagg
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Pen and Ink on Paper Signature: Signed Lower Right Man Showing Young Boy a Toy Boat
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20th Century Vintage Drawing Toys

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Paper, Ink, Pen

"Boy Launching Toy Sailboat 353," Original Graphite signed by Francesco Spicuzza
By Francesco Spicuzza
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Boy Launching Toy Sailboat #353" is an original graphite drawing on paper by Francesco Spicuzza, stamped with his signature in the lower left. Executed in loose, gestural line work,...
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1940s Modern Vintage Drawing Toys

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Paper, Graphite

1940s "Toy Story" Charcoal and Pencil Surreal Drawing
Located in Arp, TX
Artist Unknown "Toy Story" c. 1940s Pencil on paper 13.5"x8.25" image 15.5"x10.25" paper unframed Unsigned
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1940s Surrealist Vintage Drawing Toys

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Paper, Charcoal, Pencil

My toys - watercolor, cm. 30 x 29, 1957
By Marina Yevgenyevna Uspenskaya
Located in Torino, IT
This work is more than 50 years old. To produce the necessary Fine Art documents for exportation, it takes up to 40 days . Marina Evgenevna Uspenskaya was born in Moscow. Soon ...
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1950s Realist Vintage Drawing Toys

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Paper, Watercolor

Finding the Right Drawings and Watercolor Paintings for You

Revitalize your interiors — introduce drawings and watercolor paintings to your home to evoke emotions, stir conversation and show off your personality and elevated taste.

Drawing is often considered one of the world’s oldest art forms, with historians pointing to cave art as evidence. In fact, a cave in South Africa, home to Stone Age–era artists, houses artwork that is believed to be around 73,000 years old. It has indeed been argued that cave walls were the canvases for early watercolorists as well as for landscape painters in general, who endeavor to depict and elevate natural scenery through their works of art.

The supplies and methods used by artists and illustrators to create drawings and paintings have evolved over the years, and so too have the intentions. Artists can use their drawing and painting talents to observe and capture a moment, to explore or communicate ideas and convey or evoke emotion. No matter if an artist is working in charcoal or in watercolor and has chosen to portray the marvels of the pure human form, to create realistic depictions of animals in their natural habitats or perhaps to forge a new path that references the long history of abstract visual art, adding a drawing or watercolor painting to your living room or dining room that speaks to you will in turn speak to your guests and conjure stimulating energy in your space.

When you introduce a new piece of art into a common area of your home — a figurative painting by Italian watercolorist Mino Maccari or a colorful still life, such as a detailed botanical work by Deborah Eddy — you’re bringing in textures that can add visual weight to your interior design. You’ll also be creating a much-needed focal point that can instantly guide an eye toward a designated space, particularly in a room that sees a lot of foot traffic.

When you’re shopping for new visual art, whether it’s for your apartment or weekend house, remember to choose something that resonates. It doesn’t always need to make you happy, but you should at least enjoy its energy. On 1stDibs, browse a wide-ranging collection of drawings and watercolor paintings and find out how to arrange wall art when you’re ready to hang your new works.