Painters have always worked outside, if only to provide a stage for their representations. Eventually one realized that a landscape could be picturesque, worthy of being portrayed all by itself, and thereby express the sensitivity and emotion of the artist.
This taste for nature first appeared with English painters, who came to the French countryside for inspiration to feed their talent.
But soon these artist gatherings would bear witness to a trend that was quickly gaining steam, namely that of the love for outdoor pictorial art.
A stunning view: The Seine Estuary...The immense and magnificent river, the sea and its shifting horizons, a constant mist; a prism bathed with swaying brightness, decomposed colors, and clouds that roll in clear blue or the softest of grays, sometimes leaden, always improbable. Sudden gusts, runoff from light-filled rain showers, flowing yellows and ochers...The marvel of these unpredictable scenes, sought after so dearly by our young artists, today more than ever the darlings of the arts.
Air, water, light...Moments.