Pastel is the most permanent of all media, for it never cracks, darkens or yellows when framed properly and protected by glass.
Pastel paintings are held in the same regard as oil or watercolor as a major fine art medium.
Pastels dating back to the 16th century exist today, as fresh and vibrant as the day they were first introduced. Noted artists include Mengs, Nattier, Copley, Delacroix, Millet, Manet, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Redon, Vuillard, Bonnard, Glackens, Whistler and Hassam.
Pastel is powdered pigment, rolled into round or square sticks and contained by methyicellulose, a non-greasy binder.
Care of your pastel
As with any fine work of art or fine furniture, please do not place a pastel painting in direct sunlight. The sun's heat could create humidity under the glass, which could cause moisture to develop.
Whenever transporting or not in a hanging position, please do not put a pastel painting face down. The painting should always be face up when in a horizontal position.