Explore the role of pastel as an artistic medium in “French Pastels: Treasures from the Vault.” During the late 19th century, artists in France and beyond captured fleeting moments and close-up scenes using evanescent pastels. This exhibition provides an exceptional opportunity to see firsthand nearly 40 seldom-shown masterworks by artists including Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Jean-François Millet, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Odilon Redon, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Learn more about these works and the unique properties of pastels from Roy Perkinson, artist and former head of the Virginia Herrick Deknatel Paper Conservation Laboratory at the MFA. Then compare the artists’ work in pastel with their works in paint on view in other MFA galleries.


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Teacher Professional Development Programs are supported by The Rabb/Goldberg/Cahners Fund for Teacher Resources.