"Flows, swirls, drops, veils, pools, rivulets, shallow lakes" - this is how the painter Kurt Moldovan once described the characteristics of watercolours.

With its soft, merging colours, blurred contours, and transparent painting ground, watercolour painting has become one of the most popular techniques.

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Watercolour Painting

Colours for watercolour painting consist of a fine-grained powder mixed with binders and are diluted with a lot of water.
There are essentially two techniques: "glazing", where several layers of paint are applied after each has dried for a short time; and "washing", where the still-wet paint is either spread with a brush or more paint is added.

Watercolour painting is one of the oldest painting techniques known, its first uses are documented from around the 2nd millennium BC among Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians and Chinese.

Throughout the art epochs, many famous artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Caspar David Friedrich, Paul Cézanne, Emil Nolde, Paul Klee, and August Macke have worked with watercolours in their oeuvre.

Even today, watercolour remains a popular means of artistic expression. There are virtuoso watercolour paintings by contemporary artists such as Roberto Lauro, Martin Eder, and Cornelia Schleime.