Painting En Plein Air 1780 - 1870

December 28 2021

Video: Beaux Arts Magazine

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Fondation Custodia in Paris opened their latest exhibition earlier this month entitled PEINDRE EN PLEIN AIR 1780–1870 SUR LE MOTIF. Artists featured within the exhibition include the likes of Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes, Achille-Etna Michallon, Camille Corot, Rosa Bonheur, John Constable, Joseph Mallord William Turner, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, Johan Thomas Lundbye, Vilhelm Kyhn, Johann Martin von Rohden and Carl Blechen.

According to the exhibition's blurb:

The exhibition brings together over one hundred and fifty oil studies from the collections of the Fondation Custodia in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and a private collector, offering a fresh look at open-air landscape painting in Europe between 1780 and 1870.

Occupying a place between painting and drawing, these études – or studies – were small-scale works, mostly executed on paper, and painted quickly before the motif in order to train the hand and the eye in capturing fleeting effects of light and colour. Though some were later embellished in the studio, they were not seen as finished pictures intended for sale or exhibition, but as a precious resource which artists could draw upon to bring a sense of freshness and immediacy to their official work. At the time, they would only have been known to an intimate circle of friends, colleagues or students.

The exhibition will run until 3rd April 2022.

Update - I've been reminded by a reader that the exhibition will travel to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, on 3rd May 2022 and will run there until 29th August 2022.

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