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Sunlight knifing across the Avon river gorge divides the utterly placid blue waters of the Avon from the sun-struck heights of St. Vincent’s Rock on the outskirts of the Bristol suburb of Clifton. A chunk of limestone has been blasted from the heights in preparation for the construction of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Contrary to the early English tradition of tinting drawings with watercolor, Cotman thought of watercolor as a painter’s medium. Using a palette of broadly and boldly applied translucent blues and yellows, he aspired to what he called “the art of leaving out.”