Recognized for their brilliant hues and spontaneous style, pastels consist of a dry or powdered pigment held together by a binder. Most pastel artists trace their roots to the French Impressionists. Traditionally, the art academies taught drawing as the preliminary framework for painting. However, the Impressionists and others in the late nineteenth century experimented with ways to artistically break with the established order. These artists flouted traditional rules of composition and sought to express immediacy in their work by depicting subjects in real-time action. The loose, organic style inherent to pastels facilitated their goals of capturing fleeting moments and conveying modernity. Drawing became the objective, not merely the tool. Édouard Manet, James McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt and, most notably, Edgar Degas helped advance pastels into a medium of its own.
We welcome the Wisconsin Pastel Artists (WPA) to MOWA’s State Gallery as they share their craft, demonstrate its unique qualities, and forge the next chapter in this dynamic art form.
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 6 | 5:00-8:00
Celebrate Valentine's Day early and make it a night out! Enjoy live music, light appetizers, and a cash bar. Receive a coupon for 10% off dinner afterwards at at participating downtown restaurants: Cafe Soeurette, Grasshopper Restaurant, WB Tap + Tavern, Riverside Brewery & Restaurant, The Idle Hour, Januli's, Dublin's, and The Poplar Inn.
Artist Talks: Thursday, March 20 | 6:30
Rhoda Tews and Darron Lillian