Plein Air Painting – Where Did We Go Wrong? by Jean Stern, California Art Club Newsletter, Spring 2008
The early 1980s saw the institutionalization of California art painted from the 1890s to about the early 1930s. This period has come to be called the “California Impressionist” or sometimes the “California Plein Air” style. The overwhelming popularity of these paintings in the last two decades has led to the founding of numerous significant private collections, an outpouring of articles, catalogues and books, as well as a growing interest of museums and art historians to research and document this style.