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Pastel as an art media
Pastel is pure pigment, the same
pigment used in all art media. It is the most permanent of all when applied
to acid free surfaces, kept from sunlight, humidity, and properly framed.
Pastel has no liquid binder that may cause the surface to darken, fade,
yellow, crack or blister with time. Pastels from the 16th century exist
today, as fresh as the day they were painted.
Pastel must never be confused with colour chalk. Chalk is a limestone substance impregnated with dyes.
Today, pastel paintings have the stature of oil and water color as a major fine art medium. Many of our most renowned living artists have distinguished themselves in Pastel and have enriched the art world with this beautiful medium.
from the 1990 Pastel Society of America Catalogue