Pastels du musée d’Orsay

Mar 14, 2023 - Jul 2, 2023

Pastel is a unique medium that offers infinite possibilities of gradations; it perfectly translates silky and vaporous textures, as well as the transience of light or the vitality of a portrait, thanks to the brightness and strength, and purity of its pigments.

The Musée d’Orsay unveils a hundred pastels drawn from its collection of nearly 500 works. The exhibition includes 8 major themes highlighting the renewal of pastels from the second half of the 19th century. From portraits to Symbolist chimeras, through landscapes and social transformations, the exhibition brings together the greatest artists of their time:  Eugène Boudin, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Jean-François Millet, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Piet Mondrian, Odilon Redon, and many more.


Caroline Corbeau-Parsons, Curator of Drawings at the Musée d’Orsay

The exhibition Pastels du musée d’Orsay and the exhibition album in English are supported by AFMO.

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