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The Touch of Color: Pastels at the National Gallery of Art
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Jacopo Bassano, The Mocking of Christ, 1568, colored chalks on blue laid paper, Andrew W. Mellon Fund, 1980.30.1
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Rosalba Carriera, Allegory of Painting, 1730s, pastel and red chalk on blue laid paper mounted on canvas (on strainer), Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1939.1.136
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Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, Claude Dupouch, c. 1739, pastel on blue laid paper mounted on canvas (on stretcher/strainer), Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1961.9.76
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Jean-Baptiste Perronneau, Portrait of a Man, c. 1757, pastel on blue laid paper, mounted on canvas (on strainer/stretcher), Woodner Collection, 1991.182.7
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Hugh Douglas Hamilton, Frederick North, Later Fifth Earl of Guilford, in Rome, 1790, pastel and gouache(?) with touches of graphite on paper mounted to canvas (on strainer/stretcher), Gift of the 50th Anniversary Gift Committee, 1991.86.1
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Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, A Fashionable Noblewoman Wearing a Plumed Hat, c. 1789, pastel on blue laid paper mounted on canvas (on strainer/stretcher), New Century Fund, 1999.92.1
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Paul Huet, A Meadow at Sunset, c. 1845, pastel on gray-blue paper, Purchased as a Gift in Memory of Melvin R. Seiden, 2013.196.3
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Jean-François Millet, Calling Home the Cows, c. 1866, pastel and conté crayon on wove paper, Corcoran Collection (William A. Clark Collection), 2014.136.178
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Edgar Degas, Young Woman Dressing Herself, 1885, pastel over charcoal on tan wove(?) paper mounted on board, Gift of the W. Averell Harriman Foundation in memory of Marie N. Harriman, 1972.9.9
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Claude Monet, Waterloo Bridge, 1901, pastel on blue wove paper, Florian Carr Fund, 2013.102.2
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Childe Hassam, Au Grand Prix de Paris (At the Grand Prix de Paris), 1887, pastel over graphite on paperboard coated with sawdust, Corcoran Collection (Bequest of James Parmelee), 2014.79.39
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Shown from the hips up, a mostly nude woman with porcelain white skin and dark hair pulled up into a loose bun sits with her back to us in this vertical pastel. Touches of sunshine yellow, scarlet, and black suggest a pattern on the spring green cloth loosely encircling her hips along the bottom edge of the paper. She seems to hold her hands in front of her body so her elbows are bent and she looks down, perhaps at something in her hands or lap. Her black hair is flecked with white to suggest glinting light. The background is filled with a golden yellow field interspersed with hazy turquoise, tomato red, sky blue, and black shapes. It is loosely rendered with pastel to create a blurry effect. Eventually it becomes evident that it is a Japanese screen with clusters of people, landscape, and perhaps a courtyard. The artist signed the work with red letters near the woman’s right hip: “Wm M Chase.”
William Merritt Chase, Study of Flesh Color and Gold, 1888, pastel on paper coated with mauve-gray grit (on strainer), Gift of Raymond J. and Margaret Horowitz, 2007.94.2
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Camille Pissarro, A Peasant Girl in a Straw Hat, c. 1892, pastel over charcoal on beige laid paper, Gift of Evelyn Stefansson Nef and Mr. and Mrs. James T. Dyke, 1998.144.1
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Käthe Kollwitz, Self-Portrait as a Young Woman, c. 1900, pastel on laid paper, Gift of Robert and Chris Petteys, 1995.56.1
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George Luks, Breadline, 1900, pastel on paperboard, Corcoran Collection (Estate of Susie Brummer), 2015.19.2950
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Everett Shinn, Fifth Avenue Bus, 23rd Street and Broadway, 1914, pastel and charcoal on rough wove paper, laid down on board, Bequest of Julia B. Engel, 1984.58.9
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Roy Lichtenstein, Untitled (Six Figures), 1948, pastel on unprimed muslin on paperboard, Gift of Renée Tolcott in honor of her brother, Roy Lichtenstein, 2011.133.1
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Jasper Johns, Untitled (from Untitled 1972), 1975/1976, pastel and graphite on gray Japanese paper, Gift of Jasper Johns, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, 1990.107.1
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G. Daniel Massad, Breach, 2009, pastel on gray wove paper, Gift of the Artist in memory of his parents, 2018.17.1
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