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Henry Farrer

Known for his artworks painted in washes of color, Farrer (1844–1903) was an English-born American artist best remembered for his watercolor landscapes. Painting in a Tonalist style, his work was often painted in an overall tone of colored atmosphere or mist. Farrer co-founded the American Watercolor Society and, unlike most artists of the time, painted in watercolors almost exclusively. His Tonalist landscapes typically depict a misty or cloudy landscape with a marsh or small pond in the foreground. The sun is often setting in a Farrer painting, with an overall feeling of stillness, and his use of subdued, earthy colors gives his works a calming, meditative mood.