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RALPH NAGEL: Being There
A follower of the nineteenth century Barbizon School, Hudson River School, the Impressionists and an en plein air advocate, Ralph Nagel is interested in creating works that balance between spontaneity and control. An admirer of the nineteenth forerunners Claude Monet, Camille Pissaro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, John Constable and Théodore Rousseau, he is an avid “en plein air” artist who reasons that to seize the closeness and likeness of an outside setting at a specific moment one must be outside to do so. Nagel says, “Truly seeing the subject of my art only takes place once the painting begins. It’s about that day, that moment. I would be lost if I knew the end when I begin. And as in life, painting is about having the courage to take risks towards an outcome that is unknown.”