In Their Own Way: Vintage Watercolors by Providence Artists (1890-1960)

In Their Own Way: Vintage Watercolors by Providence Artists (1890-1960)


Bert Gallery’s first Main Exhibit of 2010 is In Their Own Way: Vintage Watercolors by Providence Artists (1890-1960), which runs from January 13 through March 19, 2010. The artistic community in Providence has always been in step, or a step ahead, of American art trends. For many years, watercolors were considered an inferior art form as compared to oils, but by the late 19th century watercolors found an audience among artists, collectors and museums. A very fine group of Providence artists emerged in 1880 on par with other colleagues across the country. American art giants, such as John La Farge (1835–1910) and Winslow Homer (1836–1910), showed their watercolor mastery in Rhode Island venues, further fueling the local enthusiasm of the medium. Rhode Islanders Sydney Burleigh (1853–1941), H.A. Dyer (1872–1943) and Mabel Woodward (1877–1945) ushered in a new level of excellence in watercolors and by the early 20th century, modern trends emerged among top watercolorists, such as Edgar Corbridge (1901–1988) and Florence Leif (1913–1968). For more information about this exhibit, please click here.