Hidden Treasures Unveiled: Watercolors

September 28, 2013 – January 12, 2014

Richard C. von Hess Foundation Works on Paper Gallery, Historic Landmark Building

Hidden Treasures Unveiled: Watercolors is the inaugural exhibition in PAFA’s new Richard C. von Hess Foundation Works on Paper Gallery. The exhibition presents a group of watercolors from the 18th through the 21st century, drawn from the Museum’s extensive collection of works on paper that have remained little-known to the public.

The exhibition includes virtuoso examples of the genre and dazzling celebratory color. Among the highlights are Benjamin West’s Portrait of Prince Octavius (1783), William Trost Richards’ Seascape with Foreground Rocks (1874), and Winslow Homer’s North Road, Bermuda (1900), as well as Stuart Davis’ Sand Cove (c. 1931), Robert Motherwell’s Lyric Suite (1965), Gladys Nilsson’s “I Don’t Remember What the Name Is” Duckbird Blues? (1968), and a selection of works by Richard Tuttle.

By making the exhibition’s focus watercolor and other water-based mediums, PAFA is able to present superb examples of one aspect of the collection, and show the wide range of approaches that artists took towards the medium.

Following this debut exhibition in the Works on Paper Gallery, PAFA will present an exhibition of recent gifts of works on paper to the collection.

Curators: Robert Cozzolino, PAFA’s Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art and Anna Marley, PAFA’s Curator of Historical American Art.