Exhibition: Sur le Motif: Painting in Nature Around 1800

6 Dec 2008

This exhibition focuses on the practice of painting sur le motif, or in nature, as it developed in Europe in the late-18th and early-19th centuries. A golden age of plein air painting emerged in Italy around the turn of the 19th century, and artists throughout Europe descended on the Italian landscape to experiment with the changing light and weather the area was known for. The work presented in this show provides a glimpse of the paintings created at this time and includes work from such artists as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Jean-Victor Bertin, and Jean-Jospeh-Xavier Bidauld.

This exhibition will be on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, through March 8. For more information visit www.getty.edu.

View of the Bridge and Part of the Town of Cava, Kingdom of Naples
by Jean-Jospeh-Xavier Bidauld, 1785–1790, oil on paper laid down on canvas, 8 1⁄16 x 10 13⁄16. Collection J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California.
The Falls at Tivoli
by Louise-Joséphine Sarazin de Belmont, 1826, oil on paper mounted on canvas, 28 3/18 x 16 5/8. Collection Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

House Near Orléans
by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, ca. 1830, oil on paper mounted on millboard, 11 1/4 x 15 3⁄16. Collection J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California.


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on 8 Dec 2008 5:16 AM

Wow! These take my breath away!

johanne7 wrote
on 10 Dec 2008 5:27 AM

These are spectacular.   The feeling of the actual air in the paintings is so believable and yet so diverse.