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Gouache
From the Italian word for 'mud'

Gouache, MediumsPrismatic Lattice

Gouache is a water-based paint similar to watercolor. Where watercolors are transparent, allowing for subtle layering, gouache mixes colored pigments with an opaque white pigment, often chalk, creating a velvety matte finish that absorbs light rather than reflecting it. Gouache-style paints have been in use since at least the 9th century, often appearing in Persian miniatures. By the 14th century, trade routes had spread gouache to Europe, where it’s crisp graphic appearance, ability to re-wet, and relatively cheap production made it a staple of commercial illustration and early art education.

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Young Hare, Albrecht Dürer

Young Hare Albrecht Dürer, 1502

Melon on a Plate with Grapes and a Snail, Giovanna Garzoni

Melon on a Plate with Grapes and a Snail Giovanna Garzoni, 1642 – 1651

Tulip, two Branches of Myrtle and two Shells, Maria Sibylla Merian

Tulip, two Branches of Myrtle and two Shells Maria Sibylla Merian, 1700

Sailboat on a Raging Sea, Théodore Géricault

Sailboat on a Raging Sea Théodore Géricault, 1818 – 1819

A Packet Boat off Dover, Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Packet Boat off Dover Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1836

Operating on Guanyu's Arm, Katsushika Ōi

Operating on Guanyu's Arm Katsushika Ōi, 1850

Dante’s First Meeting with Beatrice, Simeon Solomon

Dante’s First Meeting with Beatrice Simeon Solomon, 1859 – 1863

A Criminal Case, Honoré Daumier

A Criminal Case Honoré Daumier, 1865

The Voices, Gustave Moreau

The Voices Gustave Moreau, 1867

Bay of Uri, Brunnen, John Singer Sargent

Bay of Uri, Brunnen John Singer Sargent, 1870

Portrait of the Artist, Mary Cassatt

Portrait of the Artist Mary Cassatt, 1878

Fiammetta Singing, Marie Spartali Stillman

Fiammetta Singing Marie Spartali Stillman, 1879

Leda and the Swan, Gustave Moreau

Leda and the Swan Gustave Moreau, 1882

The Sacred Elephant (Péri), Gustave Moreau

The Sacred Elephant (Péri) Gustave Moreau, 1882

Variations in Violet and Grey—Market Place, Dieppe, James McNeill Whistler

Variations in Violet and Grey—Market Place, Dieppe James McNeill Whistler, 1885

The First Meeting of Petrarch and Laura, Marie Spartali Stillman

The First Meeting of Petrarch and Laura Marie Spartali Stillman, 1889

The Dangerous Cooks, James Ensor

The Dangerous Cooks James Ensor, 1896

Village Church, Piet Mondrian

Village Church Piet Mondrian, 1898

The Lake of Nemi, Marie Spartali Stillman

The Lake of Nemi Marie Spartali Stillman, 1899

Baronne de Domecy, Odilon Redon

Baronne de Domecy Odilon Redon, 1900

Pearl Oyster, Mikhail Vrubel

Pearl Oyster Mikhail Vrubel, 1904

In the Theatre I, Marianne von Werefkin

In the Theatre I Marianne von Werefkin, 1906

In Sunny Spain, Louis Wain

In Sunny Spain Louis Wain, 1910

Into the Night, Marianne von Werefkin

Into the Night Marianne von Werefkin, 1910

Woman with Homunculus, Egon Schiele

Woman with Homunculus Egon Schiele, 1910

Prerow Train Station, Marianne von Werefkin

Prerow Train Station Marianne von Werefkin, 1911

Self-portrait, Kazimir Malevich

Self-portrait Kazimir Malevich, 1910 – 1911

Nude, Marc Chagall

Nude Marc Chagall, 1913

Queen Of Shamakhan from 'Le Coq d'Or', Natalia Goncharova

Queen Of Shamakhan from 'Le Coq d'Or' Natalia Goncharova, 1913

Treetops Against Sky, John Singer Sargent

Treetops Against Sky John Singer Sargent, 1913

Wally in Red Blouse with Raised Knees, Egon Schiele

Wally in Red Blouse with Raised Knees Egon Schiele, 1913

Curtain for Le Coq d'Or: Third Act, Natalia Goncharova

Curtain for Le Coq d'Or: Third Act Natalia Goncharova, 1914

Designs for the stage wings of ‘Le Coq d’Or’, Natalia Goncharova

Designs for the stage wings of ‘Le Coq d’Or’ Natalia Goncharova, 1914

Set design for 'Le Coq d'Or', Natalia Goncharova

Set design for 'Le Coq d'Or' Natalia Goncharova, 1914

Study for a Curtain for 'Le Coq d'Or', Natalia Goncharova

Study for a Curtain for 'Le Coq d'Or' Natalia Goncharova, 1913 – 1914

Portrait of Edith Schiele with Striped Dress, Sitting, Egon Schiele

Portrait of Edith Schiele with Striped Dress, Sitting Egon Schiele, 1915

Rayonist Composition, Mikhail Larionov

Rayonist Composition Mikhail Larionov, 1915

Rayonist Composition in Grey, Mikhail Larionov

Rayonist Composition in Grey Mikhail Larionov, 1915

The Nativity, for Liturgy, Natalia Goncharova

The Nativity, for Liturgy Natalia Goncharova, 1915

New York, Albert Gleizes

New York Albert Gleizes, 1916

Spanish Dancer, Albert Gleizes

Spanish Dancer Albert Gleizes, 1916

Composition, Aleksandr Rodchenko

Composition Aleksandr Rodchenko, 1918

Study the Old, but Create the New, Varvara Stepanova

Study the Old, but Create the New Varvara Stepanova, 1919

The Archer, Theo van Doesburg

The Archer Theo van Doesburg, 1919

Automaton with a Pipe, Fortunato Depero

Automaton with a Pipe Fortunato Depero, 1917 – 1920

Line Construction, Aleksandr Rodchenko

Line Construction Aleksandr Rodchenko, 1920

Resurrection, Gaganendranath Tagore

Resurrection Gaganendranath Tagore, 1920

Two Russian maidens, Natalia Goncharova

Two Russian maidens Natalia Goncharova, 1920

Study for Man and Machine, Hannah Höch

Study for Man and Machine Hannah Höch, 1921

Gypsy from Figueres, Salvador Dalí

Gypsy from Figueres Salvador Dalí, 1923

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