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Pastels in Orsay: five sheets, five stories among many others


The Musée d'Orsay exceptionally exhibits a selection of his pastels. In pictures, here are some Manet, Monet, Cassatt, Degas, Redon or Lévy-Dhurmer.

The Pink Morning 

by Eva Gonzalès (1847-1883)

The pink morning.

RMN-Grand Palais (Orsay Museum) / Hervé Lewandowski.

This female artist, author of this personification of melancholy - with at her feet, curled up in ying-yang, two puppies, one black the other brown in a wicker basket - is best known for having been the only official pupil by Edouard Manet.

Died at 34, she left few works.

Mostly portraits and interiors.

She received advice on her oils from the master.

On the other hand, it was she who was able to give some when it came to pastels, her favorite technique.

Manet did not start systematically with sticks until 1879. However, this beautiful sheet was produced four years earlier.

It shows what Gonzalès was capable of in the range of pearl grey, pale pink and white.

Very accomplished, this work was exhibited at the Salon of 1874, the

Waterloo Bridge in London

by Claude Monet (1840-1926)

Waterloo Bridge in London.

RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Gérard Blot.

After a brief stay in London, fleeing…

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Source: lefigaro

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