Mission “En Plein Air”

Open Daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: West Wing

Mission San Juan Capistrano newest exhibit “En Plein Air’ features Plein Air art from the early 1900s to 2016 from the Mission’s collection.

The term “en plein air” literally means  “open air”. The term refers to a style of painting that grew from French Impressionism in the late 1800s and thrives to this day. Plein air paintings are painted out doors allowing the artist to capture the light and colors in a scene. This style of painting became possible in the late 1800s with the invention of the portable paint tube which allowed artists to take their supplies with them anywhere rather than being confined to a studio and painting from memory.