Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Pastel—A Romantic Beauty and a Treasure from the Sea

Teodor Axentowicz, Rudowlosa, c. 1899, pastel, Raczynski Palace, Rogalin, Poland

 

Polish-Armenian Teodor Axentowicz (1859-1938) and Frenchman Odilon Redon (1840-1916) both understood the often colorful and brilliant effects of pastel whether the lyrical portrait of the romantic young woman above or the otherworldly quality of the ocean’s treasure, a seashell.

 

Odilon Redon, The Seashell, 1912, pastel on paper, Musee D’Orsay, Paris, France

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