Painter Unknown Young Girl Pastel on Paper Bought in Italy at the antique store. Frame: 24" x 18" Painting: 18" x 13" Very well preserved. Very old paper is torn in the upper left part, In the left top corner small piece of paper is missing. While framing, the shortcomings are smartly hidden(pictures)
This is a fabulously rare pastel portrait on paper. The artist uses spare, elegant strokes to create a striking likeness and mood in this outstanding composition. The age of the pastel might be only but guessed by the girl's outfit-cap in particular and technique of art- pastel on paper. Pastel quite suddenly became popular throughout Europe in the 18th century. By 1750, some 2,500 artists and amateurs were working in pastel in Paris alone. The powdery pastel crayons and slightly roughened paper are particularly suited to capturing the evanescent effects of expression that characterize the most life-like portraits. Although pastel is a drawing material, 18th-century portraits are often highly finished, relatively large, brightly colored, elaborately framed, and hung in the same fashion as oil paintings.
Item ID: AP_Pastel_Unknown_009
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