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Sunset in the Roman Campagna

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Simon DENIS , 1755 - 1813

Sunset in the Roman Campagna

Date: about 1800
Medium: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 18.2 x 26.2 cm
Acquisition credit: Bought, 1996

Simon Denis painted this rapid sketch of a sunset in the open air, in the countryside around Rome. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, open-air sketching in oil paint became common artistic practice in the warm climate of Italy.

This sky study, intended to capture fleeting effects of light, would have been used as a basis for a large-scale landscape painting, made in the studio.


Weather, Evening, Outdoor, Skies, Sunshine, Sunset, Horizontal, Clouds, Cloudy, Outside, Outdoors, Exterior, Exteriors, Open air, Openair, Sky, Cloud, Twilight, Twi light, Sundown, Sun shine, Sunny, Roman Campagna, fleeting effects of light, frame, framed

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