Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present

Co-published with Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco , Introduction by Furio Rinaldi

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Pastel is one of the most versatile mediums in art history, and for the first time, Color into Line brings together a powerful selection of pastel masterpieces spanning from Renaissance to contemporary art. Highlighting women artists who have historically used this medium, this book, and the exhibit it accompanies, showcases the pastel collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, drawing on works from the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, which have never before been studied or exhibited as a whole. From canonical works by artists ranging from Jean-Baptiste Peronneau, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, and Odilon Redon, to John Altoon and Wayne Thiebaud, the book highlights the medium’s technical aspects, emphasizing the design process behind each work. It presents a new scholarly approach, reviewing the medium’s history in context with issues of attribution and connoisseurship. The 90-some works include selected loans from local private holdings and public institutions, celebrating the richness of Bay Area and other California collections.

Size: 8 1/2" x 9 3/4" | 125 color images | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764362972

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The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco constitute the largest public arts institution in the Bay Area. Comprising two museums—the de Young in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park—the museums attract millions of visitors every year, and their membership numbers more than 100,000 households.

Furio Rinaldi, an expert on 15th- and 16th-century Italian drawings—particularly the schools of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo—is curator in the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.