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Then and Now: 100 Years of Plein Art Painting

When: (Ended) May 17, 2014 - October 2, 2014
Price: Free
Event Phone Number: 949.476.0294
Irvine Museum
18881 Von Karman Ave.
Irvine CA

The tradition of painting beautiful landscapes nearly died out with the onset of Modernism in the 1940s, and thereafter with the development of abstract art in the 1950s and 1960s. However, starting in the 1980s, contemporary artists began to look once more at the beauty of the land and a thriving revival of American landscape painting took hold. California, with its beautiful and vibrant landscape, was at the center of the renewed interest in landscape painting, and many of these landscape artists were members of the California Art Club.This exhibition features a selection of landscape painters of the past alongside paintings that were painted less than twenty years ago. Now, more than ever, with the increasingly complex qualities that characterize today's way of life, we need to get back to nature and experience her healing and restorative powers. These artists, of the past and the present, do that in a most admirable way.

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