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Selection of five painting details fro Learn From The Masters blog post

Learn From The Masters At The Utah Museum Of Fine Arts

I’m just home from Salt Lake City, Utah. Cam, my sweetie was taking a workshop there and I went along for the ride having never been there. One of my favourite things to do when visiting a new city is to check out the local art galleries, particularly the public institutions. I’m always inspired and

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Three portraits in black and white by Eric Kennington

Eric Kennington – Three Portraits For Remembrance Day

I had decided it was time for another ‘Close Look” blog. A number of possibilities came to mind but as I began preparing, I realized it was almost Remembrance Day. So it made sense to choose work related in some way to war. I began to recall pastel portraits I’d seen somewhere along the way,

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Edgar Degas - two paintings of ballet rehearsal onstage

Edgar Degas – Ballet Rehearsal Onstage x 2!

While researching another project, I came across two paintings by Edgar Degas – one in oil, one in pastel – on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website. I was so taken by these pieces that I had to bring them to you! They have slightly different titles but are basically the same painting of a

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Edmond-Francois Aman-Jean, "Les Confidences," ca. 1898, pastel on blue-grey mounted paper on canvas, 48 1/16 x 38 in, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. DETAIL

“Les Confidences” By Edmond-François Aman-Jean – A Close Look

Sometimes you come across a painting that keeps you looking beyond a cursory – oh-that’s-wonderful thought. I especially love when the deeper looking involves a painting (and artist) previously unknown to me. This is true of today’s close look blog post. Check out Les Confidences by Edmond-Francois Aman-Jean (b. 13 January 1858, Chevry-Cossigny, France – d.

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Female Artist: Marie-Geneviève Navarre, "Portrait of a Young Woman," 1774, pastel on paper, 24 x 19 3/4 in, National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), Washington, DC - detail.

Lesser-Known Female Artist Marie-Geneviève Navarre

It’s time for my monthly round-up of pastels but I decided to do something a little bit different this time. I was looking through a little book I have called Women Artists put out by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Funnily enough, on the same day this book came to my attention

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Frank Reaugh, "The O Roundup, Texas, 1888," 1894, pastel on paper mounted on canvas, 18 5/8 x 43 7/8 in, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Frank Reaugh Estate Collection.

Frank Reaugh – Pastel Communion With The Southwest

I don’t know about you but I get intense pleasure when I discover a new-to-me artist from the past who used pastels. A few months ago it was Thérèse Schwartze (enjoy the blog written by Cora Hollema by clicking here). Today it’s the Texan artist Frank Reaugh (1860-1945; pronounced “Ray”). This artist became known for

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Joan Eardley landscape pastels

Joan Eardley And Her Pastel Landscapes

Okay, tell me straight, have you heard of Joan Eardley (1921-1963)? I was introduced to this artist’s work in 2012 and have been an ardent admirer ever since. Whether or not you know her work, I’m delighted to introduce Joan Eardley and her pastel landscapes. Although born in England, Joan Eardley is considered a Scottish painter. Her

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