The XVIIIth century is considered as the golden age of pastel. This medium is second to none to express the effects of materials and the velvety of carnation, and is therefore often restricted to portraits. Neither sketch, nor painting, pastel is a singular art which offers an immediate relationship to material. Composed of pure pigments, it rests in suspension on the grain of the paper or on the canvas. It is the resulting vibration which renders its beauty but also its fragility

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