Aimed at the serious beginner to the advanced artist, this book provides a complete course in the history, materials, and techniques of pastel, a medium widely admired for its sensuous textures and rich purity of color. It is a comprehensive guide to the qualities of pastel, as well as the techniques and practices involved in using them. The book follows the development and manufacture of pastels from the 15th century to the modern day, when the culmination of a full palette of color led to artistic expansion in richly hued paintings. Featuring the work of old masters, as well as a number of notable contemporary artists, it offers inspiration in the possibilities of this vibrant medium. It explores all the stages of mastering pastel, from materials, application and formal techniques to explorations of personal vision and aesthetic.
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