The pastels of the Louvre

The pastels of the Louvre

Until September 10th, the Louvre Museum is featuring its very rich collection of French pastels dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. It’s a golden opportunity to see splendid works by such artists as Liotard, Quentin de la Tour, Chardin and Vigée Le Brun that are rarely collected in a single exhibition.

 

The beauty of the colours, the precision of the medium

Pastels; fragile sticks made of pure powdered pigment and a binder have been widely used by artists, especially in the 18th century, not only for preparatory studies and sketches but also, as shown in this exhibition, for the creation of fully completed works. This medium lends itself particularly well to portraits due to its beautiful colours and the way it can be used to faithfully render fabrics and light.

 

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A gallery of loveliness

A beautiful self-portrait wearing glasses by Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin and the splendid Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour by Maurice Quentin de la Tour are some of the many treasures among the 120 works on display. Enjoy the refreshing and delightful experience that is a summer exhibition at the Louvre Museum!