19 mai 2011

"Pastel Portraits: Images of 18th-Century Europe" @ Metropolitan Museum

Jean Baptiste Perronneau (French, Paris 1715-1783 Amsterdam), Olivier Journu (1724-1764), 1756. Pastel on blue-gray laid paper, laid down on canvas, 22 7/8 x 18 ½ in. (58.1 x 47 cm). Signed and dated (upper right, in graphite): Perronneau / 1756. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wrightsman Fund, 2003 (2003.26) NEW YORK, N Y.- Pastel quite suddenly became popular throughout Europe in the 18th century, so much so that, by 1750, some 2,500 artists and amateurs were working in pastel in Paris alone. Portraits in pastel were commissioned... [Lire la suite]