Friday, December 4th, 2020

Private Tour of Degas, Renoir, and Poetic Pastels at the Cincinnati Art Museum for Alliance Française Members

degasIn the first exhibition of what we now know as the Impressionists, in 1874, one critic haled the pastels on view as “full of light and vigor” and “delicious.”

Pastel, derived from the Latin word pasta, or “paste,” originated in sixteenth-century Italy and has been a preferred medium for artists ever since. It is a chalky colored powder, modeled into a stick by combining pigment (such as a rich aquamarine), filler (often white chalk), and a binder such as gum tragacanth (a weak adhesive that holds the materials together).

For artists like Degas and Renoir, these works were considered “paintings in pastel.” It was an attractive medium, for it could be used quickly and without the fuss of wet oil paint that might take up to a year to dry. Degas, Renoir, and Poetic Pastels will feature a selection of works from the Art Museum’s very strong permanent collection. From Alfred Sisley’s vibrant winter landscape to Degas’s poignant ballet dancers to Odilon Redon’s majestic flower still-life, this exhibition will highlight the bold achievements of French artists working with pastels in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Not only will the works by these renowned artists be placed in their historical context, but issues of conservation and materials will be addressed– in part through the display of a replica nineteenth-century artist’s box filled with hundreds of beautiful pastels made by the local Cincinnati manufacturer: Great American Art Works.

Alliance Française members are encouraged to make reservations early. Reservations will be limited to a maximum of 20 persons.  The exhibit only will be open; no other galleries will be opened. Guests are expected to stay with the group.


Details of This Past Event
Date: November 05, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Cincinnati Art Museum (map)
Address: 953 Eden Park Dr
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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