Pastels in Pieces

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Published on February 8, 2018

When eighteenth-century pastellists competed with oil painters for portrait commissions, they faced a challenge. Paper was manufactured in small sheets, and so, to create pastel pictures as large as oil paintings on canvas, artists had to join together multiple sheets of paper. The installation, which pairs each pastel with a map of its constituent sheets, encourages visitors to consider how these works were created.

The exhibition is being held at the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA from January 16–July 29, 2018.

To learn more about this and other exhibitions, please visit our Calendar.