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True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780-1870

Daily, Now - May 3, 2020
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An integral part of art education in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, painting en plein air was a core practice for avant-garde artists in Europe. Intrepid artists such as Jean-Baptiste-Camille CorotJohn ConstableSimon DenisJules Coignet, and André Giroux—highly skilled at quickly capturing effects of light and atmosphere—made sometimes arduous journeys to paint their landscapes in person at breathtaking sites, ranging from the Baltic coast and Swiss Alps to the streets of Paris and ruins of Rome. Drawing on new scholarship, this exhibition of some 100 oil sketches made outdoors across Europe during that time includes several recently discovered works and explores issues such as attribution, chronology, and technique.

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalog with essays by leading experts in the field and will present new information about this key aspect of European art history.

Gallery HoursMonday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Event Location

National Gallery of Art
4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW,
Washington, DC 20565

Admission: Free


Posted by: National Gallery of Art