Exhibited: Fine Art Society, February 1995
Many of Frank Brangwyn’s watercolours are actually works of mixed media, enlivened with the addition of touches of gouache, tempera, pencil, chalk, pastel or pen and ink, and are often very large in scale. Brangwyn only rarely exhibited his watercolours, which seem to have been done, for the most part, purely for his own pleasure.
In a brief review of an exhibition of Brangwyn’s watercolours in 1934, a critic noted of him that He is English, perhaps in the skill with which he handles water-colours, but he is far from being readily related to the so-called English Tradition. He is not as realistic as Constable, nor as romantic as Turner, nor as ‚Äúflat‚Äù as Cotman, nor as atmospheric as Cox, nor as architectural as Roberts, nor as delicate as Steer. He is one thing that none of these water-colourists ever were: primarily decorative‚Ä¶every water-colour here strikes the spectator at a distance.’