The recent exhibition of pastel portraits at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York,”Pastel Portraits: Images of 18th-Century Europe,” which ran May 17 through August 14, was a spectacular presentation of some 40 works of pastel. You can read a letter from New York City pastel artist Jimmy Wright in the current issue of The Pastel Journal.
Although the show was focused on the work of historic artists, such as Rosalba Carriera and Maurice Quentin de La Tour, one of the special events during the show’s run moved the focus to contemporary pastel portraiture with an on-site demonstration by artist Alain Picard on July 25. Picard was invited by conservator and co-curator Marjorie Shelley to execute a pastel painting for a select audience that included curators and conservators from major museums across the Northeast. Picard writes on his blog: “Fifteen years of pushing pastels on paper suddenly culminated in this one moment, before this rarified audience, who would collectively judge whether my decision to become an artist had proven to be wise or foolish.”
To read more about Picard’s “Day to Remember,” visit his blog.
To purchase a copy of the show catalog, visit The Met online shop.
MORE RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS