Société des Aquarellistes Français (1898). Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel (French, 1850-1913). Poster. Watercolor, ink wash, gold and gouache highlights on paper laid down on cardboard.

The Société des Aquarellistes Français was established in 1879 in the Galerie Durand-Ruel, rue Laffitte, Paris. Gustave Doré, Eugène Lami, Ferdinand Heilbuth and Jehan Georges Vibert are among the most famous members. In 1890, the association expanded to include new members: James Tissot, Lhermitte, Harpignies, Bonnat, Meissonier and Maurice Boutet de Monvel.

Charles Filiger (French, 1863-1928). “Head of a Saint” or “Saint Under an Ogive,” 1892-93. Gouache, pencil, watercolor, and gold paint on paper laid down on board, 15 ¼ x 12 5/8 in. At Christie’s Paris auction March 23, 2017. ~~ I really like the delicate, somewhat abstracted floral sprays that form the halo.

Canaletto was unflaggingly brilliant in celebrating the unique architecture and pageantry of Venice

Canaletto Venetian, 1697 - 1768 

The “Giovedì Grasso” Festival before the Ducal Palace in Venice (1763/1766)

 pen and brown ink with gray wash over graphite and red chalk, heightened with white gouache, on cream laid paper sheet

Holiday Reading (1916). Carl Larsson (Swedish, 1853-1919). Watercolour and gouache over pencil on paper laid on canvas.

Beautifully luminous and fresh, verdant and of large format, Holiday Reading is a prime depiction of family life at the Larssons’ country home. Karin, the artist’s wife, sits alongside their youngest son Esbjörn as they relax together, each engrossed in reading their own book. Next to them the table has been set for tea.