Louvre Museum in Paris city has been hosting an exhibition from October 16, 2017, named as, ‘Drawing in the Open Air. Variations in Drawing from Nature in the First Half of the 19th Century’. The exhibit will prolong until January 29, 2018 at the Musée du Louvre. The collections on display comprise of 100 drawings and engravings alongside nearly 30 sketchbooks on the plein air drawing culture of ancient Europe.
‘Drawing in the Open Air’ exhibit explores diverse culture of drawing of early 19th Century from masterful French artists like Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Eugène Delacroix, Théodore Chassériau, Charles-François Daubigny, and Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes. Their nature inspired landscape drawings were widely recognized as artworks with a signature touch. The unique perspective of French artists on landscape led to the creation of ‘Voyage en bateau,’ a set of sketches that depict the voyage of Charles-François Daubigny on the banks of the River Seine and Oise River in his studio boat.
The open air drawing was a thematic practice that can be traced back to France and Europe of the 17th Century. It became more prevalent in the 18th Century and became a significant part of the training of young artists during the first half of the 19th Century. The art movement evolved since then and went on to define the evolution of drawing. You can understand the significance of open air drawing if you attend the exhibit that displays what is often thought of as abstract drawings ‘from nature,’ ‘after nature’, ‘from life’ and ‘from the motif’ while you are on Louvre museum tours.
Much like fine arts, skillful drawing is inherent in a person and comes from within, although nature can inspire artists to sketch something creative. No wonder sketchbooks are widely considered as the foundation of plein air drawing. ‘Drawing in the Open Air’ in Musée du Louvre is arranged by Department of Prints and Drawings of the Louvre museum. The Parisian museum has appointed Marie-Pierre Salé and Hélène Grollemund, as the managers of the temporary exhibit. The museum managed to lure in 8.1 million visitors last year due to initiatives like this. The number of visitors has been increased by approximately 10 percent when compared to the stats from the year 2016. The growth in public outreach also indicates the tourism segment in Paris is seeing a revival too.