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Gouache

Do you own any gouache? Are you curious to know what they are worth? Our Experts can provide a free appraisal to give you an estimate of the market price, then help you to ensure the best possible price should you decide to sell.

Gouache and paint

Gouache is a derivative of water paint, it is comparable to watercolour except that it is more opaque and provides better cover. From the Italian “Guazzo”, this is a type of wet painting. Gouache cannot be used to create lightening or transparency effects.

In the 13th century, gouache was used for manuscripts for an aesthetic result. A certain number of rules should be followed, as with tempera painting. It is advised to avoid mixing colours, unlike with oil paint. In the 15th century, gouache was mainly used to enhance Florentine drawings. Dürer succeeded in using it as a kind of watercolour by diluting it. During the Renaissance, gouache on parchment was used for miniatures, including those by Clouet and Nicolas Hilliard. In the 18th century, gouache was used by artists such as Tiepolo, Boucher and Fragonard for their small format works. It offers these artists textured effects comparable to oil painting.

The gouache used by the greatest artists of the 20th Century

In the 19th century, gouache was used for illustrations by Daumier and various works by Gustave Moreau. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was more rarely used by artists such as Picasso, Braque and Dufy. At the end of the 1930s, Matisse revolutionised the use of gouache by including it in his collages. Calder also used gouache in his designs, which took up the theme of mobiles.

How do we appraise your gouache?

Requesting an online valuation of your painting is simple and entirely free of charge. You just need to complete our appraisal form with a brief description and some photos. This information will be sent directly to one of our gouache experts who will provide you with a price range and sales advice.

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If you own a gouache, use our online form for a free appraisal.

You will then be contacted by a member of our team of experts and auctioneers to give you an independent opinion of the market price. Should you wish to sell your painting, our specialists will also advise you on the various options available for selling at the best price.

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