Rare? Did you say rare? Yes, I said rare! This is a rare exhibition of rare pastels and thus one you should not miss.
The Petit Palais is delighted to present for the first time a group of 130 rare pastels, all from its own collection of 200 works. This will be a rare opportunity for visitors to discover a relatively little known segment of the history of the medium through a panorama of the main artistic trends of the second half of the 19th century, from Impressionism to Symbolism. Apart from a few frequently reproduced examples, these extremely fragile works have never been on public display before; and after this special six-month showing they will go back into storage as pastels are fragile and cannot be exposed to light or the vibrations caused by transport. It is also rare to have an exhibition based on a technique rather than an artist and rare to have one that crosses over such a significant time span.
The gold age of pastel is usually considered to be the eightee…
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