Definition of en plein air in English:

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en plein air

Pronunciation: /ˌɒ̃ plɛn ˈɛː/

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(Chiefly with reference to painting) in the open air: a group of works executed en plein air during the artist’s stay in Rome See also plein-air.
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  • Like the artists of the Barbizon School who strongly influenced his work, he worked en plein air, developing a great familiarity with particular landscapes, before finishing his work in the studio.
  • Many of the landscapes are painted en plein air where the subtleties of light and color are inspirations which are used to infuse the paintings with a unique sense of place and moment.

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