THE word “en plein air” refers to a manner of painting that’s done on site, as opposed to that done in the studio. Believed to have begun in the mid-19th century in France, plein air paintings, unlike sketching, are finished works in their own right. Spontaneous strokes capture the artist’s response to the subject before him and the resulting painting is usually full of character, which makes it so fresh unlike studio works which are often planned and have a more controlled result.
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