Originally Published: August 15, 2018 9:02 p.m.
Historically, the use of pastels in art can be traced back to the sixteenth century, when Guido Reni, Jacopo Bassano, and Federigo Barocci were notable practitioners. Thereafter, a galaxy of artists, including Manet, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Whistler, used pastel as finished work rather than merely for preliminary sketches.
But while Edgar Degas was the most prolific user and champion of pastel, raising it to the full brilliance of oil, his protégé, Mary Cassatt, introduced the Impressionists and pastel to her wealthy friends back east and, thus, to the rest of the United States. As a result, many of today’s most renowned living artists distinguish themselves in pastels and enrich the world with this glorious medium.
And in an effort to highlight the use of this vibrant and captivating medium in western art, the Phippen Museum will open Pastels: Color the West in their James Gallery from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. Featuring a variety of unique styles and techniques, including fascinating artwork created by local, award-winning artists, this exhibit will remain on display through Sunday, Nov. 25.
So be sure to take time to visit the Phippen Museum and explore this outstanding exhibition of western pastels. This special presentation of fine art is offered through generous collaboration with The Eddie Basha Collection who provided pieces by some of the American West’s most impressive artists.
The Phippen Museum is located a few minutes north of downtown Prescott, Arizona at 4701 Highway 89 North. They are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. In addition to the Pastels presentation, the museum also currently offers their 5th Annual Hold Your Horses! Invitational Exhibition & Sale, on display in the Marley Gallery through Sept. 23.
Information provided by Phippen Museum.