Capturing Atmosphere: European Nature Studies in Oil

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Capturing Atmosphere: European Nature Studies in Oil

Published on February 14, 2024

To 18th- and 19th-century European artists, the ephemeral qualities of weather and light were as integral to their landscape paintings as the terrain itself. The oil sketch was the ideal medium for investigating such concerns of light and air. Whereas solid subjects such as trees and mountains could be studied through drawing, painting was the only way to document the intangible atmospheric conditions of a given moment. Artists brought their paints outdoors to undertake small sketches that recorded the weather and light they experienced. The haze of a hot summer's day, the mist of a thundering waterfall, rain pelting from a lowering sky, and the glow of a dying sunset are just a few of the complex atmospheric effects explored in these studies by French, Swiss, and German artists.

The exhibition takes place at the Morgan Library 225 Madison Ave, NY, NY from Nov 14, 2023 – August 11, 2024.

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