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The Musée d'Orsay releases its most beautiful pastels


CRITICISM - Exceptionally, the institution presents 95 of the 500 most powdery and colorful works it keeps. Manet, Monet, Cassatt, Degas, Redon or Lévy-Dhurmer created these treasures of crushed pigments then delicately applied.

“Dust thou dust, and unto dust shalt thou return

,” it is written in Genesis.

No doubt these artists thought a little about the human condition while they were designing these pastels that the Musée d'Orsay, in Paris, is offering to see for just over three months, in parallel with the Salon du Dessin.

Then, as is customary, they will return to their box for at least three years, protected from air and light so that future generations can enjoy them.

Caroline Corbeau-Parsons, curator of the graphic arts department, has selected 95 works from the rich collection of some 500 issues.

They are Manet, Monet, Caillebotte, Cassatt, Degas, or even Symbolists, from Redon to Lévy-Dhurmer.

With the latter, we are already on the same level as the 20th century.

Never mind: his enigmatic

Woman with a Medal

, also known as


is on the bill.

We also discover its sumptuous


, an aqueous glow as if born from the depths of the Mediterranean, dated 1936...

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Source: lefigaro

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