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In the Light of Italy: Corot and Early Open-Air Painting by Philip Conisbee

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Publisher : National Gallery Washington
Binding : Hardcover
Pages : 250
Publication Date : 5/29/1996
Condition : USED - VERY GOOD
Prominent art historians Philip Conisbee, Sarah Faunce, Jeremy Strick, Peter Galassi, and Vincent Pomarede discuss the cultural, theoretical, and art historical background of this school of outdoor painting. They examine the early history of open-air painting, its theory and practice, the sites of Rome and southern Italy that were painted, and the delicate balance that existed among realism, memory and imagination. A rich selection of representative paintings is discussed and reproduced. The book is the catalogue for an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Saint Louis Art Museum. From Library Journal With essays by curators from the organizing museums, this well-produced catalog of an exhibition traveling to Washington, Brooklyn, and St. Louis in 1996-97 demonstrates that open-air painting was practiced well before the Impressionists brought it into the public eye. The open-air oil sketches shown here, produced chiefly for practical study and studio use by an international group of artists, many from northern Europe, are now attractive in themselves to modern viewers. Through the exposure to this tradition he found in Rome, Camille Corot (1796-1875) transmitted the idea of working directly from nature back to France and later painters there. Two more general essays, Conisbee on a history of open-air paintings and Sarah Faunce on Rome as a source and site for painters in this period (1780-1840), are excellent. Entries on the 120