Definition of plein-air in English:

plein-air

Syllabification: plein-air
Pronunciation: /ˌplān ˈe(ə)r
 
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adjective

[attributive]
  • Denoting or in the manner of a 19th-century style of painting outdoors, or with a strong sense of the open air, that became a central feature of French impressionism.
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    • Even before Parisian painters took it up, Provencal landscape artists had practiced plein-air painting.
    • Even as the animated brushwork makes them teeter on the edge of abstraction, these works have the natural light of 19 th-century plein-air paintings.
    • He studied at the Slade School, 1875-80, then in Italy and Paris, where he was strongly influenced by contemporary French plein-air painting.

Origin

from French en plein air 'in the open air'.

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