“Out in the Open” refers to painting or creating art in a natural environment. It can also mean making ones preferences public. Below: Landscape painting by Akseli Gallen Kallela (Pilvi Tornit 1904)
In Europe the early pioneers of ‘pure landscape’ painting may have believed they were totally unique in their approach to Art. However, they were unaware that on the other side of the planet, to the East, landscape painting had be practised and perfected by the Chinese and the Japanese. (circa 300 BC – 300 AD) centuries before they were born.
It is perhaps not surprising that by the time artists like Degas was making a name for himself in France, Eastern concentric composition ideas became almost a central point of reference for him and his artist friends. The world had grown much smaller by 1900 and the flood of new and exciting examples of art were being made available to the Europeans. The ‘Eastern’ painting styles has a huge effect on the Impressionists and they in turn changed the whole way artists apply paint. The introduction of the Eastern influence coupled with the introduction of oil Paint in a metal resealable Tube. And it was also the invention of flat brushes held tight in a metal grip that also allowed Monet Renoir and the othe other to not only create art outside, but create in with different strokes.
It is an interesting thought to realise that cultural exchange has an effect on us all, an effect that, even today, we experience by personally visiting (and painting) other countries on holiday. Or some cases for longer periods of time. Today the artist is blessed with the World at their feet – and yet Landscape painting still has a ‘not serious art’ tinge to it – which one can only think that it is because the General Public love it so much. Landscape it still the most Sold Art in the World. So A few billion people can’t be all wrong..can they?
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