Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Color Into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present

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Edgar Degas, “Ballet Dancers in the Wings,” 1900. Pastel on paper.

With the appearance of painting, the immediacy of drawing, and the matte finish of a fresco, pastel is one of the most versatile mediums used throughout art history. “Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present,” an exhibition coming to the Legion of Honor, spans five centuries of art. Drawing heavily from the Legion’s Achenbach Collection for Graphic Arts, the exhibition features masterpieces by artists including Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, and Wayne Thiebaud. This talk will trace the history of pastels while also providing audiences a once in a lifetime opportunity to appreciate rare works not usually on public display.

Odilon Redon, “Orpheus,” ca. 1905.

One of our favorite docents, Marsha Holm, will lead us in this discussion. Marsha has been a docent with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 1979. In addition to giving tours and lectures in all areas of the museums’ collections, from Africa to the Pacific Islands, from the Americas to Europe, she has served in several administrative capacities, including new and continuing education for FAMSF docents. She has also assisted in training docents at the Blackhawk Museum, the Oakland Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art in addition to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.