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In the 19th century, most painters in South Africa had gained their professional
training in the art schools of London and Europe, and naturalistic styles – largely
influenced by academic British and 17th century Dutch painting – prevailed. In the
late 19th century, and into the early decades of the 20th century a number of artists
developed an affinity towards the Impressionist style. Moving away from the strictly
naturalistic, these artists drew on Impressionist principles in interpreting their
subject matter, and especially the sunlight, for which this country is renowned.
The en plein air (in the open air) convention for painting outdoors, popular with
the Barbizon group and later with the Impressionists, was employed by many artists,
especially in the Cape. These artists, who became known as the ‘Cape Impressionists’
are characterised by their, much celebrated, paintings of the South African landscape-with
an emphasis on natural light and loose, thick brushstrokes applied side by side.
Please browse through the list below for examples
of significant quality works from this peroid.
Oerder, Frans David (1867 - 1944)
"Woman Arranging Nasturtiums in a Bowl"
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