MidAmerica Pastel Society
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Pastel is a powederd pigment mixed together with a minimum of a non-oily binder. The dry or soft pastels can be formed into sticks, pastel pencils or pan pastels. Pastel is one of the oldest painting mediums. It became popular in portraits in the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe. The 19th century had its beauty used by artists like Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Manet, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Wiliam Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Delacroix and Whistler. Picasso, Matisse and Chagall joined the pastel enthusiasts in the 20th century. It is a highly versatile medium which does not yellow, crack or darken with age but does need to be framed under glass.