Dawn till Dusk: Studies of Light in Marine Sketches
Dawn till Dusk: Studies of Light in Marine Sketches
The 19th century in Europe saw the rise of plein air painting, in which artists used oil paint while working outdoors. This practice led many painters to concentrate on the subtle atmospheric changes typical of daybreak and nightfall.
The Morgan Library & Museum
September 14, 2021 to October 23, 2022
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This display brings together plein air marine studies by Norwegian, French, Danish, and German artists. Rather than follow a chronological or geographic order, the works are arranged by time of day, illustrating the varying effects of light on water—from the sunlight at dawn through the scintillating glow of moonlight at dusk.

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Dawn till Dusk highlights works from the collection of oil sketches given jointly to the Morgan and the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Trustee Eugene V. Thaw.


The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10016

Image: Thomas Fearnley, Moonlit Harbor in Southern Italy, 1833–35 / Thaw Collection, Jointly Owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Morgan Library & Museum