AU Department of Art & Art History students are curating an exhibition, opening March 26. Make plans to attend their presentation to learn about Plein Air painting in the 19th century.
Strokes of Nature: Plein Air Painting in the 19th c.March 29, 2018, 5:00pmJule Collins Smith Museum of Fine ArtAuburn University students will present their research as a part of a student-curated practicum exhibition, on view March 26 through April 8.
Early nineteenth-century landscapes in France and the United States were often begun outdoors through plein-air sketches and finished in the studio. Industrialization and urbanization were two contributing factors that prompted artists to venture into nature to paint local light and color. The implied grounding of the artist in a landscape invites the viewer to adopt the same perspective, whether it be surveying a pastoral landscape or becoming ensconced in a thick forest. This exhibition argues that the practice of painting outside made an impact on approaches to painting. Early plein-air artists often tried to persuade their audience of the accuracy of their landscapes by concealing their brushstrokes and painting naturalistically. But plein-air painting also spurred Impressionism, a movement focused on displaying the world in flux. Using quick brushwork and realistic and expressive colors, artists implied that they were painting scenes as quickly as the world around them changed.... See MoreSee Less