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'American Watercolor' showcases masterpieces of movement

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/26/2017
In this Tuesday Feb. 21, 2017 photo, installations technicians Eric Griffin, left, and Gus Boyce hang Fresh Air by Winslow Homer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia. "American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent" will be on view from March 1 to May 14, 2017, bringing together masterpieces drawn from public and private collections throughout the county, and will be shown only in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma) © The Associated Press In this Tuesday Feb. 21, 2017 photo, installations technicians Eric Griffin, left, and Gus Boyce hang Fresh Air by Winslow Homer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia. "American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent" will be on view from March 1 to May 14, 2017, bringing together masterpieces drawn from public and private collections throughout the county, and will be shown only in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A new exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art explores the rise of watercolor from a disregarded medium seen as best suited for amateurs to its status as an innovative and bold way of expression.

In this Tuesday Feb. 21, 2017 photo, a banner advertises an upcoming exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia. "American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent" will be on view from March 1 to May 14, 2017, bringing together masterpieces drawn from public and private collections throughout the county, and will be shown only in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma) © The Associated Press In this Tuesday Feb. 21, 2017 photo, a banner advertises an upcoming exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia. "American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent" will be on view from March 1 to May 14, 2017, bringing together masterpieces drawn from public and private collections throughout the county, and will be shown only in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

"American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent" gives visitors a rare opportunity to view over 175 masterpieces on loan from public and private collections around the country.

In this Tuesday Feb. 21, 2017 photo, Kathleen A Foster, Senior Curator of American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art speaks in front of two watercolor paintings in Philadelphia. "American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent" will be on view from March 1 to May 14, 2017, bringing together masterpieces drawn from public and private collections throughout the county, and will be shown only in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma) © The Associated Press In this Tuesday Feb. 21, 2017 photo, Kathleen A Foster, Senior Curator of American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art speaks in front of two watercolor paintings in Philadelphia. "American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent" will be on view from March 1 to May 14, 2017, bringing together masterpieces drawn from public and private collections throughout the county, and will be shown only in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Curator Kathy A. Foster says the works are so fragile that institutions don't like to lend them out. Many of them spend most of the time in boxes. That's why the exhibit will not travel and can only be seen in Philadelphia.

The exhibit focuses on the achievements of Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent. It opens Wednesday and runs through May 14.

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