Odilon Redon “Pandora”

Odilon Redon "Pandora"
Odilon Redon “Pandora”

Between 1908 and 1914, Redon was repeatedly drawn to represent the mythic beauties Venus, Andromeda, and Pandora. Here, he depicts Pandora—the exquisite woman fashioned from clay by the god Vulcan and sent to earth by Jupiter. Her innocence still intact, Pandora cradles in her arms the box that, when opened, will unleash all the evils destined to plague mankind, thereby bringing to an end the legendary Golden Age of humanity.

Unlike the oil version of this painting which can be found in The Met (NY), in this pastel version Pandora wears white dress. If you ask me, this pastel version is the best version on his Pandora series. What is your opinion?

Title: Pandora
Date Created: 1858/1916
Physical Dimensions: w22.1 x h29.1
Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Ann Eden Woodward
Type: Pastel
Medium: Pastel and charcoal on board

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The Pastel Scribbler, April 2016

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The Pastel Guild of Europe published the April issue of the Pastel Scribbler. This is a free newsletter dedicated to a soft pastel art and is gathering European pastel artists.

  • Get Dusty competition winners
  • Meet Guest Judge Bernadette Decesare
  • Meet Guest Judge Patrick Henry
  • An Interview with Brigitte Courte
  • 2nd Biennale Internationale Pastel d’Opale
  • Demo by Ruben Belloso Adorna

ASPAS 3rd Online competition 2016

“Decadencia de Venus” by Belloso Adorna Ruben, 121 x 141 cm


The third international biennial exhibition hosted by Spanish Pastel Society ASPAS, was held  in Oviedo, Spain.  Special guests of honor were 10 Chinese pastelists who exhibited their paintings. The above painting “Decadencia de Venus” by Belloso Adorna Ruben was awarded with the first place. Check our gallery for other winning paintings and visit Spanish society for more information about the exhibition and the  event.

Featured Pastel Artist: Ellen Eagle

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Ellen Eagle holds a BFA with Distinction in Drawing from the California College of Arts and Crafts. She also took Daniel Greene’s workshop and studied with Michael Burban at the Art Students League. Her primary study has been with Harvey Dinnerstein, for whom she was class assistant at the League.
Ellen Eagle is an American artist, best known for her figure drawings and portraits in pastel. At an intimate scale, Eagle’s subjects are friends, fellow artists, and professional models drawn from life by natural light. Her work is characterized by restraint of color, self-containment, and the depiction of her subjects’ emotional states. Eagle’s delicate figurative work can be described as exquisite, able to effortlessly manipulate pastel to create soulful, lyrical portraits. She is known for her reflective self-portraits, which can at times appear whimsical, are a study in the trials and tribulations of the life of an artist.

Ellen Eagle bookHer amazing book Pastel Painting Atelier: Essential Lessons in Techniques, Practices, and Materials, revel in the luminous and vibrant qualities of pastel with an essential course in the history, techniques, and practices of the medium. In this comprehensive yet intimate guide, Eagle explores pastel’s rich but relatively unexamined past, reveals her own personal influences and approaches, and guides you toward the discovery and mastery of your own vision.

If you would like to join Ellen on the Painting holiday in Croatia (June 2016) please register here.

Featured Pastel Artist: Lyn Diefenbach

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Lyn Diefenbach

The pursuit of masterly quality and technique is a high priority for Lyn Diefenbach whose work is imbued with a celebration of her faith and of life. Her paintings covers a myriad of subject matter, with her bold florals consistently receiving accolades nationally and internationally. Her ability to communicate her ideas has entrenched her as a respected and sought-after tutor, with teaching engagements internationally and across Australia.

Lyn was accepted into the International Guild of Realism in May 2008 and holds Master Pastellist status with the Pastel Society of Australia. In 2014 she was awarded Master Circle in the International Association of Pastel Societies. She has been featured numerous times in the International Artist, Pastel Journal and the Australian Artist magazines.
Her paintings are represented in major regional and private collections within Australian and overseas.

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