Ross Bleckner, well-known for his large-scale canvases, has for years used watercolor as both a means and an end to painting. While Bleckners works in oil deal primarily with remembrance and lossoperating as memento mori to those lost in crisisthe watercolors are far more iconic, symbolic of transformation and transcendence. The watercolors, instructive in understanding the larger oil on canvas pictures, also possess a photographic qualitytheir brightness and shimmering surfaces attest to this artists mastery and technique. These precious gems hold up on their own as a major part of Bleckners oeuvre, yet they are relatively unknown. Beautifully reproduced, the sixty images selected here reveal the depth of Bleckners talent and the degree to which this work relates to the artists other paintings.