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Art Glossary: Plein-Air Painting


Plein Air Painting in London Photo ©2011 Marion Boddy-Evans. Licensed to About.com, Inc.

A painting done outside rather than in a studio. The term comes from the French en plein air, meaning 'in the open air'. The Impressionists were particularly interested in the influence of changing light outdoors on color.

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Also Known As: alfresco
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