True to Nature : Open-Air Painting in Europe 1780-1870 - the exhibition catalogue from National Gallery of Art/Fitzwilliam Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

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

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A lavish book of sketches made en plein air between the end of the eighteenth century and late nineteenth century.

Artists came from all over Europe to study classical sculpture and architecture, as well as masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque art. During their studies, groups of young painters visited the Italian countryside, training their eyes and their hands to transcribe the effects of light on a range of natural features. The practice became an essential aspect of art education, and spread throughout Europe in the nineteenth century.

The book accompanies a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington (USA), the Fondation Custodia (France) and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (UK) and focuses on the artists' wish to convey the immediacy of nature observed at first hand.  hTe sketches demonstrate the skill and ingenuity with which each artist quickly translated these first-hand observations of atmospheric and topographical effects while the impression was still fresh. The catalogue will be organized thematically, reviewing, as contemporary artists did, motifs such as trees, rocks, water, volcanoes, and sky effects, and favourite topgraphical locations, such as Rome and Capri.

The artists represented include Thomas Jones, John Constable, J.M.W. Turner, Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes, Achille-Etna Michallon, Camille Corot, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, Johan Thomas Lundbye, Vilhelm Kyhn, Carl Blechen, Johann Martin von Rohden, Johann Wilhelm Schirmer, Johann Jakob Frey, among others. 
 
Details
  • Authors: Ger Luijten, Mary Morton and Jane Munro
  • Hardcover: 256 pages 
  • Date published: February 2020
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1911300786
  • Product Dimensions: 35.00 x 26.9 cm

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