En Plein Air

When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before you, a tree, a house, a field or whatever… merely think here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape, until it gives you your own naive impression of the scene before you.” – Claude Monet

Although artists have long painted out of doors to create preparatory landscape sketches or studies, before the 19th Century finished paintings would not have been made this way. Between 1800 and 1900, landscape painting underwent a remarkable transformation.

The plein air approach was pioneered by John Constable in Britain c. 1813 and following the exhibition of his works at the Salon in Paris in 1924 painters in France began leaving their studios behind to paint directly from nature (en plein air) which became fundamental to the next generation of landscape artists – the Impressionists.



Setting up their easels in Paris and its suburbs, they eroded their predecessors’ distinctions between sketch and finished work by creating deliberately informal compositions with loose strokes of colour. They abandoned traditional techniques of perspective, chiaroscuro, and modelling in order to record their experiences as directly as possible. Even their most heavily worked paintings retain the appearance of spontaneity.

We hope you enjoy our carefully selected collection of artists, from Georges Charles Robin to Claude Monet, and come to appreciate how uniquely they strived to capture the transience of light colour and fleeting moments in nature.


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