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The Landscape Oil Sketch Seen from London

Date: Sunday, December 7, 2008
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Admission: Free. Reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below.

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Around 1800 an artistic revolution swept Europe, uprooting landscape painting from its classical roots and infusing it with a new energy gained from an intimate relationship with nature. Working quickly and spontaneously in the unspoiled countryside, artists captured dramatic, breathtaking views of light, earth, water, and sky in oil sketches, creating a new view of what landscape could be and breaking ground for the Impressionists who followed.

Explore some of the most beautiful of these works in this free lecture by Christopher Riopelle, curator of paintings after 1800 at the National Gallery in London. He discusses how these luminous paintings were made, what role they played in European art, and why they are attracting more and more attention from collectors and art historians.

Riopelle also shares insights from his long-term study of the Gere Collection on long-term loan to the the National Gallery, one of the finest collections of landscape oil sketches in the world. He explores the connections between oil sketches in London and those in the Getty Center exhibition Sur le Motif: Painting in Nature around 1800 and reveals why it is challenging to identify the makers of many oil sketches.

About Christopher Riopelle
Christopher Riopelle is curator of paintings after 1800 at the National Gallery in London and an expert in French 19th-century art, particularly landscape painting and the sculpture of Rodin. He is the author of several books, including A Brush with Nature: The Gere Collection of Landscape Oil Sketches, Sisley in England and Wales, and Manet to Picasso.

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