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The Touch of Color: Pastels at the National Gallery of Art
September 29, 2019 – January 26, 2020
West Building, Ground Floor, East Outer Tier

William Merritt Chase, Study of Flesh Color and Gold, 1888, pastel on paper coated with mauve-gray grit (on strainer), overall: 45.7 x 33 cm (18 x 13 in.), National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Raymond J. and Margaret Horowitz

Through the centuries, artists have adopted a variety of approaches to pastel, experimenting with it to achieve exciting and unexpected effects. Featuring approximately 70 exquisite examples drawn entirely from the permanent collection, The Touch of Color: Pastels at the National Gallery of Art traces the history of pastel from the Renaissance to the 21st century and examines the many techniques that artists have developed to work with this colorful and versatile medium. The Touch of Color includes many works that have never been exhibited before and will be on view at the National Gallery of Art from September 29, 2019, through January 26, 2020.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Sponsors: The exhibition is made possible by a generous grant from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust.

Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required

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