23cm x 29cm (approximately 9" x 11.5") 98 pages
First published in 2011 this is the 5th issue of this quarterly magazine. It is produced in France with an English edition. I had been looking for a specifically watercolour magazine and wondered if it might fit the bill. The magazine is beautifully produced with high quality illustrations on glossy, quality paper. I have one more issue coming. I am also evaluating Watercolour Artist at a third of the price.
To be blunt I was somewhat disappointed. Some very good artists are in this latest issue including Mary Whyte but frankly I had not previously heard of some of the others. This isn't necessarily negative as my knowledge is not encyclopedic, but to suggest they are amongst the worlds best is very subjective. In order to get other views I loaned my copy to both Jan and Yvonne of Avon Valley Artists and neither was particularly impressed. There seems, at least in this issue, of a strong leaning towards realistic to super realistic paintings. Many of the illustrated paintings verge towards photorealism which is not to my taste at all. They may be technically brilliant,and must have taken some time to produce, but is that what watercolour is all about?
All in all I am disappointed with the magazine although others may take a different view. Unfortunately the largest negative I've left until last. PRICE! This magazine, at least in the UK, costs £9.55p per issue! This is very expensive. You can buy very good art books on watercolour for barely the cost of two issues. Is it worth it? From a personal point of view the answer is no. However if you wish to try it go to this link www.newstand.co.uk/