Charles W. Hawthorne
In this striking image of a mission church that Charles Hawthorne encountered on a trip to Texas and Mexico in 1928, he used watery washes to suggest a scene bathed in brilliant southwestern light. The vivid tonalities and rapid touch of Hawthorne’s mature work in watercolor (largely from the 1920s) stand in stark contrast to the oil paintings for which he was better known—figure subjects that tended to be dark and heavily brushed. He may have found inspiration for this more liberated expression in the freely brushed and vibrant watercolors of John Singer Sargent.
Transparent watercolor with touches of opaque watercolor over black conte crayon on beige, thick, moderate-rough textured wove paper
Lower right, in pencil: "C. W. Hawthorne"
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Charles W. Hawthorne (American, 1872-1930). The Mission, 1928. Transparent watercolor with touches of opaque watercolor over black conte crayon on beige, thick, moderate-rough textured wove paper, 13 3/8 x 19 7/16 in. (34 x 49.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 29.1422. © artist or artist's estate
overall, 29.1422_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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