Drawing in the Open Air, the exhibition at the Louvre

Published by Maïlys C. · Updated on 28 July 2017 at 15h24 · Published on 28 July 2017 at 15h12
From October 16, 2017 to January 29, 2018, the Louvre hosts a great exhibition called “Drawing in the Open Air – Variations in Drawing from Nature in the First Half of the 19th Century”. About a hundred drawings and etchings as well as around thirty sketchbooks will be showcased to better understand plein-air drawing.

The Louvre decided to highlight the period preceding the impressionism area by giving pride of place to an essential technique to understand the art of landscape in the 19th century, the open-air drawing.

From the 17th century, artists start drawing outside their workshops. The practice expands in the 18th century and become a genuine art philosophy in the 19th century.

Drawing in the open-air entails constraints. You have to work quick with a proper equipment, with a changing light and the obligation of respecting what is real. But what was the real deal?

The Louvre questions the various open-air drawing practices because some drawings are genuine works of art and some are just travel notes or studies based on nature.

In this exhibition where each sheet is an invitation to lightness and creativity, drawing looks like the most beautiful media to take over reality to better give an image of an era.

Practical information:
Drawing in the Open Air 
At the Louvre
From October 16, 2017 to January 29, 2018
Open every day except on Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Open until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays
Unique rate: €15

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 16 October 2017 to 29 January 2018



    Pyramide - Cour Napoléon
    75001 Paris 1

    Métro Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre

    billet unique: €15

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