Materials & Techniques

Plein-air (en plein air)

Plein-air translates from French as "outdoors." The term applies to artists who worked outside, usually as a way to maintain direct contact with natural subjects rather than completing works in a studio based on sketches.

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Risking body and brains in pursuit of a good sketch': Adventures of the Landscape Painter in the Field, Eleanor Jones Harvey, Consulting Curator of American Art, DMA; 'The love of grandeur and expanseâ026a naturalist's view of nature': Frederic Church and Exploration, Dr. Gerald L. Carr, independent scholar; From Plein-air to 'Painting on-site', Ross Merrill, Chief of Conservation, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Risking body and brains in pursuit of a good sketch': Adventures of the Landscape Painter in the Field, Eleanor Jones Harvey, Consulting Curator of American Art, DMA; 'The love of grandeur and expanseâ026a naturalist's view of nature': Frederic Church and Exploration, Dr. Gerald L. Carr, independent scholar; From Plein-air to 'Painting on-site', Ross Merrill, Chief of Conservation, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.