One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive Denoting or in the manner of a 19th-century style of painting outdoors, or with a strong sense of the open air, that became a central feature of French impressionism.
open air, out-of-doors, outside, exterior, externalView synonyms
- ‘Even as the animated brushwork makes them teeter on the edge of abstraction, these works have the natural light of 19 th-century plein-air paintings.’
- ‘They were especially attracted to plein-air painting, and their hero was the French realist Bastien Lepage.’
- ‘He studied at the Slade School, 1875-80, then in Italy and Paris, where he was strongly influenced by contemporary French plein-air painting.’
- ‘Among the 34 plein-air oil paintings of the Vermont woods in Martha Armstrong's show at Walter Wickiser was a small canvas of a red maple tree ablaze in autumnal light.’
- ‘Working out-of-doors, Reed makes plein-air paintings that are romantic yet surprisingly free of nostalgia.’
- ‘Even before Parisian painters took it up, Provencal landscape artists had practiced plein-air painting.’
- ‘In Finch's hands, what could have been a simple plein-air painting of the sky morphs into a cerebral yet poetically lively hybrid.’
- ‘The connection was not immediate, however; plein-air painting had flourished for almost a century before it discovered the garden as a compelling subject.’
- ‘Yet his early plein-air sketches and impressionist paintings are known almost exclusively to his Antipodean admirers.’
- ‘But by the same token, plein-air painting, arrived at with the help of Delacroix's teachings, also represented the transcendence of these teachings, their cancellation.’
From French en plein air ‘in the open air’.
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