Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present

Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), Femme s’essuyant (Seated Bather Drying Her Neck), ca. 1905–1910. Signed with the artist’s stamp (L. 658). Charcoal and pastel on two joined sheets of tracing paper, laid down on board, 27 1/16 x 22 7/8 in. (68.7 x 58.1 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Gift of Mrs. John Jay Ide, 1995.62
 

Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present 
Legion of Honor / October 2, 2021–February 13, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO –  The exhibition Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present will offer a fresh understanding of the art of pastel. With the appearance of a painting, the immediacy of a drawing, and the timeless matte finish of an ancient fresco, it is one of the most versatile medium and adaptable techniques used throughout history. Told through a selection of eighty works, the exhibition will span five centuries -- from early Renaissance drawings to the contemporary, showing masterpieces by Rosalba Carriera, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, John Altoon and Wayne Thiebaud. Highlighting technical aspects and the design process behind the works, the exhibition will be drawn primarily from the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, the department of works on paper of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and will be supplemented with selected works from key Bay Area public and private art collections. Color into Line will provide audiences a rare opportunity to appreciate the artistry of pastel through local works not usually on public view. The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue is curated by Furio Rinaldi, the Museums’ newly appointed curator of drawings and prints.

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