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Events

Les Pastellistes 2017 - International

Our international exhibition, Les Pastellistes, 2017 edition, will be held from October 27th to November 5th, 2017, at Galerie 203. Instructions and form are available. Open to all!

5e Biennale Internationale du Pastel des Monts du Lyonnais

September 8th to 24th, 2017, Horizon Pastel presents its 5th International Pastel Biennial and the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada will be an Exceptional Guest.

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News

Colorado State University's online master's in arts leadership and cultural management is now accepting applications for fall admission. Click here for details.

L'Art du Pastel de Degas à Redon - An exhibition not to be missed in Paris from September 15, 2017 to April 8th, 2018.

Our Master Pastellist Bill Hosner is featured in an article on Outdoor Painter.

Ann Rochefort's painting, 'Red and Green' was accepted into the 29th IAPS Online Exhibition that is presently on exhibition.

"Le lac initiatique" by Danielle Richard (M.P), has been selected by the BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART, Youngston, Ohio. USA. December 18th to February 19th 2017.

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Pastel history

Pastel as a medium was first mentioned by Leonardo da Vinci in 1495.

Artists such as Maurice Quentin de La Tour and Rosalba Carriera used pastels to create masterpieces as far back as 1703.

During the 18th century the medium became fashionable for portrait painting, used in a mixed technique with gouache.

In the United States, initially pastels were used only occasionally in portraiture. However in the late nineteenth century, pastel (like watercolor) became more popular. The Society of Painters in Pastel was founded in 1885. The Pastellists, led by Leon Dabo, was organized in New York in 1910.

The 18th-century painters Maurice Quentin de La Tour and Rosalba Carriera are especially well known for their pastel technique. Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin's 1699-1779 pastel portraiture and still life paintings are much admired.

The 19th-century French painter Edgar Degas was a most prolific user of pastel and its champion.

Mary Cassatt, introduced the Impressionists and pastel to her friends in Philadelphia and Washington, and helped popularize both in the USA.

"By far the most graphic and, at the same time, most painterly wielding of pastel was Cassatt's in Europe, where she had worked closely in the medium with her mentor Edgar Degas and vigorously captured familial moments such as the one revealed in Mother Playing with Child (22.16.23). (Metropolitan Museum of Art - Time Line of Art History / Nineteenth Century American Drawings)"

Whistler produced a quantity of pastels around 1880, including a body of work relating to Venice, and this probably contributed to the growing enthusiasm for the medium. In particular, he demonstrated how few strokes were required to evoke a place or an atmosphere.

Pastels became popular in modern art because of the medium's broad range of bright colors.

Modern notable artists who have worked extensively in pastels include Fernando Botero, Francesco Clemente, Daniel Greene, Wolf Kahn, and R. B. Kitaj.

Adapted from Wikipedia