Oil paint in tubes, portable easels, and the invention of the railroad – the first two 19th century inventions made early Plein Air painting possible, the last made it convenient. Plein Air is shortened version of the French term en plein air (in the open air) for outdoor painting that has been done over the last 160+ years and has grown in popularity in the United States, especially in the last 30 years.
Victoria Chick, New Mexico-based contemporary figurative artist and early 19th/20th century print collector, discusses the history of Plein Air Painting and how it made its way from Fontainbleau in France to America.
This Big Blend Radio interview originally aired live on BlogTalkRadio.com on Dec. 1, 2017.
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