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Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

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(Albrecht Dürer, 1500, Public domain)

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

Albrecht Dürer was a German painter, engraver, and mathematician. He's considered one of the very first master watercolorists. At the age of 15, in 1486, he learned to paint with gouache, oil, and watercolor in the studio of a Nuremberg artist, Michael Wolgemut. During his training, he equally developed great expertise in wood engraving, a technique then frequently used for illustrations.

During a trip to Italy, Dürer was inspired by the beauty of the landscape and created a remarkable series of watercolors. Ever more skillful, he soon perfected a process of pigment fixation, using a new substance soluble in the water. His experiments broke with the traditions of day, which tended to view watercolor as a medium solely for making sketches.

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