Above: The garden elevation of the Château de Versailles,
known as "the Envelope," ca. 1671. The Hall of Mirrors
today stands on the central terrace. The watercolor is five feet
Left: A perspective of a Parisian interior, a commission for The New York
Right: An elevational watercolor of an antique oxblood vase with mounts by Thos. Hope.
Private commission, London.
We hope you will use the above link to visit our blog, NOTED,
where we post weekly on architectural
subjects. We also hope you will visit our new
Latest Work page, where we present recently completed watercolors,
as well as the greatly enlarged Contact/Press page, which
now offers links to dozens of online press articles and blog posts—including a
section devoted solely to articles
from The New York Times.
For all their beauty, architectural renderings are above all
precision documents. Both the watercolors of Versailles and the
Chinese vase seen here are drawn as architectural
elevations—drawings that, without perspectival distortion, document
an object's true dimensions in scale. Traditionally, architects have
created highly finished presentation drawings of unbuilt projects for
a variety of reasons, the foremost being to seduce potential
We developed our technique while attempting exactly that for several
prominent American architectural firms and designers in the mid-1980s
and early 1990s. Since then, we have concentrated on architectural
history, particularly that of European and American garden
architecture and ornament—an extraordinarily rich and varied field
that includes some of the greatest buildings and objects ever
In creating our architectural watercolors, our objective is to depict
the building itself as truly as possible, marshaling our research and
technique to create a drawing that presents the building exactly as
it is or was—or would have been, if it had been built. In this
sense, our intention is to allow the thing itself to seduce, to
render it in its full reality.
The online gallery NOTECARDS presents over 250 images of our
watercolors, which can be ordered as large-format, quality folding cards.
Our limited-edition books, published to exceptional standards, are also available for order.
A number of available watercolors appear throughout this site and are
noted in captions. Our Latest Work page presents our recently
completed watercolors, and selected available works also are presented at the bottom of the Watercolors page.
To inquire about watercolors, either e-mail us directly with any
questions you may have, or visit the Contact
page for information about our Manhattan
gallery, Didier Aaron, Inc. Prices for framed watercolors begin near $1000 for small-scale architectural ornaments; most works range
in price from $3000 to $10,000. Large-scale elevations of French
châteaux and ornaments from Manhattan's Central Park are proportionally priced.
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