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Trond
01-12-2020, 12:00 AM
Perhaps you already know, but pastels were quite popular in the 18th century. Some of the artists took it quite far in realism, and the images are fun and impressive to look at. Here's Maurice de la Tour



https://uploads6.wikiart.org/images/maurice-quentin-de-la-tour/louis-de-silvestre.jpg

Trond
01-12-2020, 12:06 AM
Also de la Tour

https://uploads6.wikiart.org/images/maurice-quentin-de-la-tour/mademoiselle-salle.jpg

Trond
01-12-2020, 12:08 AM
And a famous portrait by Liotard:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/17/Jean-%C3%89tienne_Liotard_-_Portrait_of_Maria_Frederike_van_Reede-Athlone_at_Seven_Years_of_Age.jpg

bartc
01-12-2020, 09:18 AM
Well you've made your point for sure. Sennelier had to have had a good market back then.

franglais
01-12-2020, 09:21 AM
Beautiful portraits from long ago.... and they have lasted all these years! Thanks for sharing, Trond.

Mike

Trond
01-12-2020, 02:40 PM
You're welcome! :)


Here's Madame Pompadour by de la Tour. Plus a study of her head


https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e5/Pompadour6.jpg


https://uploads7.wikiart.org/images/maurice-quentin-de-la-tour/madame-de-pompadour.jpg

Trond
01-12-2020, 09:23 PM
Peronneau was clearly a master of the medium


https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7a/Jean_Baptiste_Perronneau_%28French%2C_Paris_1715-1783_Amsterdam%29%2C_Olivier_Journu_%281724-1764%29%2C_1756._Pastel_on_blue-gray_laid_paper%2C_MMA.jpg