Working in the Open Air ( Plein-air )

Light and color, working in the open air

 April / October ’19 Continuous Exhibition, Masterclass;

working in the open air

 Maison / Atelier Pierre in Beynac et Cazenac
24220 Dordogne France

In the technical development, the Impressionists especially noticed their treatment of contrast,

Color and Light in the open air.

Light and color, working in the open air In the technical development, the Impressionists especially noticed their treatment of contrast, Color and Light.

” Etretat ” Pierre van dijk / 60x70cm / oil on Canvas

 

Much attention was paid to the different shades in changing light and to the……

mutual relationships of the color values, which were often reproduced in complementary tones on a finely divided scale from light to dark.

Blonde d'Aquitaine / artpierre

Blonde d’Aquitaine – oil on canvas – 50x60cm / pierre van Dijk

Motives, shapes and outlines (lines) were subordinated to them. Moreover, the use of color became brighter and more intense, coinciding with an increase in color in the outside world: chemical processes had led to enormous growth in the availability of dyes.

This led to an increase in colorful clothes on the street, for example, but also to a greater availability of all kinds of pigments, often also new ones, such as chrome green.

Black was rarely used. The elementary colors were often applied wet-on-wet in loosely juxtaposed tests on canvas, so that they formed the desired color variations remotely and thus allowed a more subtle nuance.

Blonde d'Aquitaine - Oil on canvas - 50x60cm - Pierre van Dijk

Blonde d’Aquitaine – Oil on canvas – 50x60cm – Pierre van Dijk

Important here was no longer the material accuracy of the forms in nature, but rather the colorful solution of sun, light and air.  ( Monet ) ( Pierre )

The ready-made availability of paint in tubes, after the invention by Geoffrey Rand in 1841, also promoted working ‘en plein air’, which was another aspect that typified the Impressionist painter.

Impressionists wanted to portray the ‘perceived’ directly as it was shown to them and as they experienced the impression themselves on the spot. They were always found on the street or somewhere in the landscape, at least outside.

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