The range of colors—the same or greater than either water- or oil-based colors, the lack of a long drying time, and their portablity, makes pastels an excellent medium for life drawings and preparatory studies. This image shows a range of the possible effects that can be achieved with pastel: grainy, transparent, compact. Source: J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA. 96.GB.22.

From The creation of color in eighteenth-century Europe by Sarah Lowengard

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  • European: 1400-1800
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  • François Le Moyne, Head of King Louis XV. The range of colors—the same or greater than either water- or oil-based colors, the lack of a long drying time, and their portablity, makes pastels an excellent medium for life drawings and preparatory studies. This image shows a range of the possible effects that can be achieved with pastel: grainy, transparent, compact. Source: J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA. 96.GB.22.