View Full Version : 18th Century Pastels at the Met

09-21-2013, 05:22 PM
Folks -- An exhibit to see while you're in NYC! http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2013/pastels (running through December 29). From this link, you can see images of the works in the show, including the "painter's table" (you can glimpse some sticks in the open drawers) from between 1810 and 1820:

When I get to the show in late October, I'll be able to see how big this cabinet is; somehow I suspect it won't hold all my supplies . . . .

Best, Evelyn

09-24-2013, 06:14 PM
Oh, I suspect it wouldn't hold all of mine either, Evelyn, but what a gorgeous little piece of studio furniture! Thanks for posting this. I loved the description on the first link, where they casually mention these pastels "used to be" considered paintings - and then down at the bottom that they're still brilliant and vibrant because they're not varnished and most of them not even fixed. We've got the archival last laugh here over the oils!

Funny, pastel paintings still seem to be considered paintings where I see them. It's nice to think the paintings I love will still be around centuries later and just as brilliant, especially Colorix's.

09-25-2013, 12:22 PM
Robert, I too took pause at their description of pastels..this one first.. "Pastels are made from powdery substances that are fragile and subject to fading. In accordance with modern museum practice, they are exhibited in very low light or rotated to ensure their long-term preservation." And of course, this, which I found to be extremely ill informed "Unlike today, such compositions were regarded as paintings."

Perhaps the curators of the exhibits should attend some contemporary pastel exhibitions as they make pastels out to be some delicate, antiquated form of art expression....