5 Feb-12 May. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum examines the impact of open-air painting on the transformation and modernisation of 19th-century art.
Although generally associated with Impressionism, the practice of plein air painting dates back to the late-18th century when it became recognised as a key component in the training of landscape painters, and it continued to play a fundamental role within Naturalism until the end of the 19th century.
The exhibition comprises around 100 works which are displayed in chronological order from 1780 to 1900.
Beginning with works by plein air pioneers in landscape painting such as Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes and Thomas Jones, the exhibition features giants such as Turner, Constable and Corot, as well as the Impressionist masters, and concludes with paintings by Cézanne and Van Gogh.