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.
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
From 16 October 2017 to 29 January 2018
Musée du Louvre
Pyramide - Cour Napoléon
75001 Paris 1
billet unique: 15 €
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