LIVE COMPLIMENTARY VIRTUAL EVENT!
Sunday, January 31st, 2021 at 1:00 pm (ET)
Hosted by Giovanna, artist Giovanni Casadei will bring Italian landscapes to life, discussing the historical significance of the Plain Air tradition and his Alla Prima method, which is an integral part of his artistic expression.
Giovanni Casadei is an accomplished Italian painter and art teacher, specializing “en plein air”. His approach to landscape painting is to communicate his love for life through the expression of emotions and passions inspired by the visual world around him. He captures meaningful moments of experience with the light, color, and visual abstractions of nature. His works have been shown and sold in his adopted home of Philadelphia and around the world for the last 20 years.
Painting from life using the Alla Prima technique, meaning the painting has to be done start to finish in one session, was used as a way to train painters for centuries. Painters like Rembrandt and Rubens used this method to make studies of compositions for larger works. Later, painters like Constable, Delacroix and Turner began to use this method for landscapes and figure painting as an inspiration to give life and feeling to their studio work.
In the 19th century a group of artists including Corot, Courbet, Manet and Monet formed the Barbizon School, where landscapes were painted directly from life in open air. The Barbizon School gave recognition to Alla Prima method as a valid artistic expression, freeing painters from the aesthetic restrictions of the French Academy.
It was also the inspiration for the Italian artistic Movement The Macchiaioli which it was a group of Italian painters active in Tuscany in the second half of the nineteenth century circa 1850. They strayed from antiquated conventions taught by the Italian art academies, and did much of their painting outdoors in order to capture natural light, shade, and color. This practice relates the Macchiaioli to the French Impressionists who came to prominence a few years later, although the Macchiaioli pursued somewhat different purposes. The most notable artists of this movement were Giovanni Fattori, Giuseppe Abbati, Vincenzo Cabianca, ,Silvestro Lega and Telemaco Signorini. Postimpressionists like Matisse and Modernists like Morandi used this method extensively in their work.