CONDITION: Sketch in good vintage condition, paper has bubbles from attaching to backing and frame has signifigant but beautiful wear and patina, but all are in a visually pleasing manner.
DIMENSIONS: 8.5" H x 7.5" W
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FACTS & HISTORY: Pastels originated in northern Italy in the 16th century and were used by Jacopo Bassano and Federico Barocci. The German artist Hans Holbein the Younger and the French artists Jean and François Clouet did pastel portraits in the same period.
In 1925, Sakura Cray-Pas introduced the first commercial oil pastel called "Cray-Pas," which became an instant success. These early oil pastels were made by combining oil and wax as binders with high-quality pigments. They were initially available in a limited range of colors, but their popularity quickly grew.
Over the years, other art supply manufacturers recognized the potential of oil pastels and began producing their own versions. One notable development came in the 1940s when Henri Sennelier, a renowned French art materials company, introduced an artist-grade oil pastel known as "Sennelier Oil Pastels." These pastels were made with a higher concentration of pigment and a softer consistency, appealing to professional artists.
The history of oil pastels is relatively short but has seen significant advancements and contributions to the art world. They continue to be a popular medium among artists, allowing for the creation of vibrant and expressive works of art.