Category Archives: Old Pastel Painting

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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Willard Leroy Metcalf

Willard Leroy Metcalf "Moonlight"
Willard Leroy Metcalf “Moonlight”

Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858 –1925) was an American artist born in Lowell, Massachusetts. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and later attended Académie Julian, Paris. After early figure-painting and illustration, he became prominent as a landscape painter. He was one of the Ten American Painters who in 1897 seceded from the Society of American Artists. For some years he was an instructor in the Womans Art School, Cooper Union, New York, and in the Art Students League, New York. In 1893 he became a member of the American Watercolor Society, New York. Generally associated with American Impressionism, he is also remembered for his New England landscapes and involvement with the Old Lyme Art Colony at Old Lyme, Connecticut.

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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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