Although impressionism is most closely associated with oil painting, at the end of the 19th century, impressionist artists increasingly began to exhibit and sell their engravings and drawings as finished works of art. In particular, pastels have become increasingly popular collectors.
Pastel portraits previously gained popularity in France and England in the 18th century, but went out of fashion when pastel was considered too feminine. The Impressionists rejected this bias and instead accepted the ability of this material to convey immediacy, courage and radiance.
Exhibition "Impressionist Pastel"represents four artists whose works were shown at the Impressionist exhibitions: Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Eva Gonzalez and Berthe Morisot. Their subjects range from scenes of modern life to images of intimate moments.