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Painting Indiana III

Heritage of Place

Text by Rachel Berenson Perry. Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, Inc. and Indiana Landmarks

Publication Year: 2013

The work of T. C. Steele, William Forsyth, J. Ottis Adams, Otto Stark, and Richard Gruelle, known collectively as the Hoosier Group, established plein air ("in the open air") painting as a major art form in Indiana. The vitality of this style is represented in Painting Indiana III: Heritage of Place which includes 100 juried works by current Indiana plein air artists, along with paintings by the Hoosier Group, all featuring notable Indiana landmarks. This richly illustrated book will delight Hoosiers and art lovers around the world.

Published by: Indiana University Press


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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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p. 4-4

Copyright Page

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pp. 5-7

Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-x

From its earliest days to the present, the great tradition of outdoor painting in Indiana has featured places of historical and architectural character as adjuncts, if not equal partners, to the natural landscape. In that spirit, Indiana Landmarks joins forces with the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association in presenting Painting Indiana III ...

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pp. xi-xii

It all began with a dinner at the Indianapolis Columbia Club in October 2009. The idea of a third book about plein air painting (on location, outdoors) in Indiana emerged as an important goal for the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA). ...

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Judge’s Comments

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pp. xiii-xiv

I was impressed with the Painting Indiana project when I first heard about it because it seemed to be a challenging and rewarding project for everyone involved. It was clearly an innovative and significant collaboration between Indiana Landmarks, Indiana University Press, and the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association ...

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pp. 1-2

Ever since artists returned to Indiana at the turn of the last century, after studying abroad, to paint their familiar landscapes, their style and sensibilities have remained popular with Indiana artists and art enthusiasts. The subject choices of today’s artists are frequently the same scenes that the early artists chose to depict. ...

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1: A Condensed History of Landscape Painting

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pp. 3-6

The fine art of painting landscapes, for the sole purpose of recreating pleasing natural scenery, has been pursued in America for fewer than 175 years. Beginning in the 1850s, the Hudson River School painters created idealized depictions of nature, aesthetically influenced by romanticism. ...

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2: The First Generation of Hoosier Plein Air Painters

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pp. 7-14

During the state of Indiana’s Golden Age of Culture, in the 1880s and 1890s, Hoosiers led the country in creative trends. The Hoosier Group painters were working at the same time as nationally read Indiana writers James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916), George Aid (1866–1944), Meredith Nicholson (1866– 1947), and Booth Tarkington (1869–1946). ...

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3: The Second Generation of Hoosier Plein Air Painters

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pp. 15-22

When he sold his portion of the Hermitage in Brookville to J. Ottis Adams in 1906, T. C. Steele had already identified his new painting ground. After exploring the rugged appeal of Brown County, he’d discovered more than sixty acres for sale on a hilltop near Belmont, between Nashville and Bloomington. ...

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4: Recent History of Plein Air Painting in Indiana

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pp. 23-27

T. C. Steele’s home and studio, preserved as a State Historic Site, are open to the public throughout each year. To celebrate the artist’s September 11 birthday, the Site sponsored the first Great Outdoor Art Contest in 1988 to encourage artists to paint on location. ...

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5: The Current Plein Air Painting Phenomenon

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pp. 28-31

Amateur artists as well as professionals, in the twentieth century, found challenge and enjoyment in attempting to capture scenes on canvas or paper outdoors. One of the most famous amateur artists in the 1940s was the prime minister of England, Sir Winston Churchill. ...

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6: The Future of Plein Air Painting

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pp. 32-34

Painting en plein air is certainly not new. However, the recent phenomena of plein air painting groups and events described in chapter 5 indicate a movement of significance as a result of the painting method’s popularity and associated revenue. ...

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Gallery of Paintings with Artists’ Captions

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pp. 35-236

With the historical significance of Brown County and the artists that colonized that area in the early 1900s, it became an obvious location of interest for me. T. C. Steele’s home, the House of the Singing Winds, was at the top of my list. To paint in the footsteps of T. C. Steele was a dream come true. ...

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About the Artists

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pp. 237-252

Jerry Botzum has been painting full time since the early 1990s, when he retired from his clinical psychology practice. He studied painting as early as the late 1970s with instructor Leola Beck. Using primarily oil or watercolors for his representational landscapes, he is inspired by local scenery as well as by trips to various European countries. ...


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pp. 253-254

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About the Author

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pp. 272-273

Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, Inc. (IPAPA) is an organization of Indiana artists dedicated to outdoor landscape painting and furthering Indiana art and artists. ...

E-ISBN-13: 9780253008695
Print-ISBN-13: 9780253008527

Page Count: 272
Illustrations: 160 color illus.
Publication Year: 2013