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plein air

[pleyn air; French ple ner] /ˈpleɪn ˈɛər; French plɛ ˈnɛr/
noun
1.
the open air, especially the daylight of outdoors.
2.
Fine Arts. the quality of light and atmosphere out of doors, especially this quality as rendered in painting.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < French: literally, full air

plein-air

[pleyn-air; French ple-ner] /ˌpleɪnˈɛər; French plɛˈnɛr/
adjective
1.
pertaining to a manner or style of painting developed chiefly in France in the mid-19th century, characterized by the representation of the luminous effects of natural light and atmosphere as contrasted with the artificial light and absence of the sense of air or atmosphere associated with paintings produced in the studio.
2.
designating a painting executed out of doors and representing a direct response to the scene or subject in front of the artist.
3.
(of a painting) having the qualities of air and natural light.
Origin
1890-95; adj. use of plein air
Related forms
plein-airism, noun
plein-airist, noun
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plein-air

/ˌpleɪnˈɛə; French plɛnɛr/
adjective
1.
of or in the manner of various French 19th-century schools of painting, esp impressionism, concerned with the observation of light and atmosphere effects outdoors
Derived Forms
plein-airist (ˌpleɪnˈɛərɪst) noun
Word Origin
C19: from French phrase en plein air in the open (literally: full) air
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Word Origin and History for plein-air
adj.

1894, from French phrase en plein air, literally "in the open air." The style developed among French impressionists c.1870.

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