Old Pastel Master: Léon Augustin Lhermitte

Léon-Augustin Lhermitte "Old Harvester's Meal"

Léon-Augustin Lhermitte “Old Harvester’s Meal”

Léon Augustin Lhermitte (1844 – 1925) was a French realist painter and etcher whose primary subject matter was of rural scenes depicting the peasant worker. He was born in Mont-Saint-Père. A student of Lecoq de Boisbaudran, he gained recognition after his show in the Paris Salon in 1864.
Like his contemporary, Jean François Millet, Lhermitte took pastel to a higher degree of completion. While his earliest pastels were studies drawn from nature, his later pastels, including the one in this post, evolved into large-scale, finished compositions in their own right. Lhermitte was certainly one of the most accomplished masters of his generation.
Lhermitte’s innovative use of pastels won him the admiration of his contemporaries. Vincent van Gogh wrote that “If every month Le Monde Illustré published one of his compositions … it would be a great pleasure for me to be able to follow it. It is certain that for years I have not seen anything as beautiful as this scene by Lhermitte … I am too preoccupied by Lhermitte this evening to be able to talk of other things.”

The Cookbook with Pastel Paintings

Marie-France OOsterhof Cookbook

Marie-France OOsterhof Cookbook

The readers of this blog might remember French pastel artist Marie-France OOsterhof as a winner of the several Get Dusty challenges. In this unique style cookbook Marie-France reveals little secrets for lovely dinners with family and friends. There are 20 simple recipes illustrated with her own original pastel artworks. Marie-France was the top 100 in the most famous amateur cooking contest in France. Written in both French and English, this is a small, exclusive print edition, signed by the author.
For more details and to order the book, contact artist through her website.

“Pastel 100″ winners for 2014

Jennifer Evenhus "Summer Pasture"

Jennifer Evenhus “Summer Pasture”


Congratulations to all 100 finalists and award winners in the Pastel Journal’s 15th Annual Pastel 100 Competition!!!!
The grand prize winners are:
David Wells, Pastel Journal Best of Show
Helen Kleczynski, The Ruth Richeson/Unison Pastel Prize
Ray Hassard, Pastel Journal Gold,
Peter Seltzer, Pastel Journal Silver
Jennifer Evenhus, Pastel Journal Bronze

The April 2014 Pastel Journal issue will present all 100 winning paintings, but if you like to see some in advance visit Soft Pastel News Facebook page. Please find the complete list of winners on the Pastel Journal Blog.
The following is the list of all artist in alphabetical order:
Alain J. Picard, Amanda Harrison, Andrew McDermott, Anna Wainright, Arlene Richman, Aurelio Rodriguez López, Barbara Jaenicke, Barbara Mason, Barbara Szkutnik, Bill Shaffer, Carolyn Robles, Christine Debrosky, Christine Swann, Clarence Porter, Claudia Post, Cuong Nguyen, David Wells, Debora Stewart, Dennis Linn, Don Williams, Dug Waggoner, Elena Kukushkina, Elizabeth Ganji, Fang Lian, Genady Arkhipau, Glen Maxion, Gwenneth Barth-White, Helen Kleczynski, J. Kay Gordon, Jane Ditri, Jane Radstrom, Jane Willis Taylor, Janis Ellison, Jean Dalton, Jeanne Rosier Smith, Jennifer Evenhus, Jennifer L. Hoffman, Jill Stefani Wagner, John Philbin Dolan, Jude Valentine, Judy Evans, Julia Lesnichy, Karen Israel, Karen Suponski, Kari Tirrell, Kath Dunne, Kathleen Newman, Kathryn Hall, Kathy Hildebrandt, Lijing Yang, Linda Mutti, Lisa Ober, Lyn Asselta, M. Katherine Hurley, Marcia Holmes, Margaret Evans, Margaret Williams-McGowan, Margi Lucena, Merethe Torbergsen, Mike Barret Kolasinski, Mike Beeman, Nancie King Mertz, Nancy Bozeman, Nancy Nowak, Pat Ross Marx, Patricia Meras, Patsy Lindamood, Penny Soto, Peter Seltzer, Ray Hassard, Resa Grogan, Roberta Combs, Sandy Bonney, Sandy Byers, Sharon Bamber, Shireesh Dharap, Sonja A. Kever, Stan Bloomfield, Steffi Decker, Sue Gombus, Susan Lampinen, Svetlana Cameron, Tom Christopher, Trilby Wood, Victoria Ryan, Yael Maimon.

A History of Pastel by Stan Sperlak


This is a preview version of what will be a 25 minute presentation looping at the International Pastel Society Convention this June in Albuquerque at one of the venues. This teaser touches on many of the artists who have contributed to the history of pastel. Stan Sperlak spent 5 years of research and collecting info to make this video.

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