plein air


plein air
I. \\ˈplān-\ noun
Etymology: French, literally, full air
: outdoor daylight

to paint in plein air

to render the high tonal values of the local plein air

II. adjective
1. : relating to the method, action, or product of painting in outdoor daylight
2. : of, relating to, or constituting a French art movement starting about 1865 which attempted to represent effects of outdoor light and air not observable in the studio

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/playn" air"/; Fr. /ple nerdd"/
1. the open air, esp. the daylight of outdoors.
2. Fine Arts. the quality of light and atmosphere out of doors, esp. this quality as rendered in painting.
[1890-95; < F: lit., full air]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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