plein-air


plein-air
plein-airism, —plein-airist, n.
/playn'air"/; Fr. /ple nerdd"/, adj.
1. pertaining to a manner or style of painting developed chiefly in France in the mid-19th century, characterized by the representation of the luminous effects of natural light and atmosphere as contrasted with the artificial light and absence of the sense of air or atmosphere associated with paintings produced in the studio.
2. designating a painting executed out of doors and representing a direct response to the scene or subject in front of the artist.
3. (of a painting) having the qualities of air and natural light.
[1890-95; adj. use of PLEIN AIR]

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