Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present

Color into Line presents a powerful selection of masterpiece drawings done with pastel, one of the most versatile and adaptable media in art history. Spanning from the Renaissance to most recent artistic experimentations—from Rosalba Carriera to Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas to John Altoon and Wayne Thiebaud—the narrative highlights technical aspects with an emphasis on the design process behind the works. Drawn mostly from the Fine Arts Museums’ own holdings in the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the Museums’ department of works on paper, the exhibition celebrates the artistry of pastel through the richness of the Bay Area art collections with selected loans from local private collections and public institutions.

Before the tour, you are invited to join the group for coffee/lunch at the museum cafe. We'll meet at approximately 11:00.   After the tour you may re-visit the exhibits on your own.

Friday Nov 19, 2021
12:30 p.m.

Legion of Honor
Lincoln Park | 100 34th Avenue (at Clement Street)
San Francisco, CA 94121

$35 adults, $30 seniors, $10 members of the Fine Arts Museums.

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HCSF is excited to offer a number of in-person events starting this Fall. However, there is still uncertainty on how to safely move forward in organizing and holding in-person events.  HCSF is vigilant in its planning of in-person events and respects state and federal guidelines and ordinances regarding small gatherings. HCSF events are currently for vaccinated people only and masks are required. Please note proof of vaccination is required at all in-person events. Keeping everyone’s safety in mind, we are looking forward to seeing you at one of our many upcoming events.

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Alison Boeckmann, Radcliffe College '61