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Watercolor designates both the artwork and the medium used. Watercolors are water-based paints that are generally applied on paper with brushes. It allows transparent paintings but demands a sure hand as the paint quickly permeates the paper.

Along with drawing, watercolor has been used for centuries for illustration and technical purposes as well as for art.

Some painters famous for their watercolors : Albrecht Dürer, Antoon Van Dyck, William Turner, Paul Cézanne.