Landscapes in Watercolor

Joseph E. Yoakum

John Brady Print Gallery

July 7, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Landscapes in Watercolor is a selection of more than two dozen watercolors from the museum’s collections, created between 1885 and 1980.

Organized by Associate Curator Jared Ledesma, these works reveal the unique ability of watercolor to capture the changing effects of light and weather on seashores, grasslands, forest, and farmland. From thin veils of color to strong, bright brushstrokes, visitors will see the hand of each artist in depicting the natural world.

“This gathering of exceptional watercolors offers our community a refreshing pause and a chance to appreciate this exuberant medium. And the technical merit these artists possess in producing such brilliant pictures is astounding,” Ledesma said.

Artists in the exhibition include Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and John Marin, among many others. The exhibition will remain on view throughout the summer, with a closing date to be determined.

Above: Joseph E. Yoakum (American, 1890 – 1972)
Mt. Huascaran of Cordo Blanca Range near Trujillo Perue South America, n.d.
Watercolor and pencil on paper
12 × 19 1/8 inches
Gift of Lois and Louis Fingerman in honor of the Des Moines Art Center's 50th Anniversary, 1998.29

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