An impressive pastel portrait of a gentlman called Oscar Hanhart - Wegmann ( 1866 to 1931 ) by the Swiss artist Marcel Frère ( 1906 - 1992 ), signed by the artist in 1927. Marcel Frère's widow has confirmed to me in writing that her husband painted this piece of Oscar Hanhart - Wegmann who was a great friend of the Frère family here in Switzerland.
In fine art, the term 'pastels' refers to sticks of colour made from powdered pigment bound with resin or gum. The name derives from the word pastello (Italian), meaning little bread roll.
Developed in the mid-16th century from coloured chalks used for drawing, pastels first became popular with portrait artists in the 18th century, for their soft atmospheric effects. Typically, pastel is applied dry to paper, allowing the artist to apply colour to a composition from the very beginning, without preparatory line and tonal preparation.
Size, overall : 70 cm. ( 27 9/16" ) x 54 cm. ( 21 17/64" ). The frame is 3 cm. ( 1 3/16" ) wide.
Weight : 2, 704 g. ( 5 pounds , 15.4 ounces ).
Condition : very good - will need a new hook/cord for hanging up.
Portrait pastel painting, signed, Marcel Frère, 1927.