15 September 2018–3 February 2019

Exhibition Overview


Edward Hopper, Jenness House Looking North, 1934. Watercolor.

Watercolors will feature 14 watercolors by European and American artists from the late 18th through 20th centuries, presenting a variety of approaches to the medium. With subject matter ranging from landscapes to figure studies to architectural renderings, this exhibition will feature some favorites from The Ringling collection as well as several lesser-known gems. Watercolors will be on view in the Searing Wing.

The exhibition features several well-known works from the Ringling collections as well as some rarely-seen examples, including landscapes by Charles Ephraim Burchfield and John Ruskin, alongside figural works by Auguste Rodin and William Hamilton. Practical uses of watercolor are displayed in the fields of theater design and architecture as well as a lyrical rendering by architect John H. Phillips of his design for the façade of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

A highlight of the exhibition is Edward Hopper’s Jenness House Looking North, one of a series of watercolors he painted of his Cape Cod neighbors’ house between 1932 and 1934. Hopper (American, 1882-1967) first began painting with watercolors in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in the 1920s, and The Ringling’s work evinces his full mastery of the medium. In its clear articulation of architectural forms, striking contrasts of sunlight and shadow, and subtle gradations of color, Jenness House shows why Hopper’s watercolors continue to be so admired by both artists and art lovers today.

(Photo courtesy of John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.)

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