Soft Pastel History

I’m starting a series of posts about the old pastel masters and the history of pastel medium. If you want to follow I will also be giving resources I find useful, and of course the posts will be garnished by the old pastel masterpieces. As a start there is a nice short article by Madlyn-Ann C. Woolwich where she chronologically goes from the Italian Renaissance Masters to the modern days. I will follow more or less the same path and present same artists but also try to include other great old artists who sometimes used pastels.

“Maurice Quentin de La Tour 1704-1788, a great name in pastels, studied in Paris. His works were unpolished, not soft or delicate. His work showed competence, clarity, detail and freedom. Many pastelists emulated his frenzy of brilliant colors and textures. He gave pastel a new range and a rage that lasted four decades. Idol of thousands of Parisians, he inspired such painters as Watteau and Perroneau. Thanks to La Tour, pastel was equated with oil.” read more…

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