Hotel de Ville, Paris, France
From the collection
Little is known about Arthur Parton's watercolor activities, although he did exhibit regularly with the American Watercolor Society beginning in 1880. Depicting one of America's most sublime and popular landscape subjects, this ambitious picture provides a good example of an exhibition watercolor. Its highly textured surface—created with opaque paints—approximates the material and atmospheric effects Parton achieved in his oil paintings.
Descriptive medium: Transparent and opaque watercolor on cream, thick, moderately textured wove paper
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