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Exhibition Drawing in the Open Air
Variations in Drawing from Nature in the First Half of the 19th Century

from October 18, 2017 to January 29, 2018

The exhibition was made possible thanks to the support of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

After developing strongly in 17th-century France (and Europe), drawing in the open air, from the motif, became current practice in the 18th. By the 19th century, it was considered a vital part of the training of young artists; constantly evolving, it became a primary aspect of the history of drawing.

The meanings of the expressions “from nature,” “after nature,” “from life,” and “from the motif” fluctuated, vague, covering as much observation and scientific study as study sketches, student exercises, architectural surveys, military drawings, drawing from memory, travel illustrations, or the barest sketch of some fleeting impression. Drawing from nature gradually became viewed as an artwork in its own right, a finished piece with its own justification and purpose.

The exhibition groups over one hundred drawings and etchings, along with around thirty sketchbooks, the ultimate instrument of plein-air drawing.

Organized by:

Marie-Pierre Salé, with the collaboration of Hélène Grollemund, Department of Prints and Drawings, Musée du Louvre.

Practical information

From October 18, 2017 to January 29, 2018

Rotonde Sully

€15 (permanent collections + exhibitions)

Opening hours
Every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesday.
Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Further information
+33 (0)1 40 20 53 17

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