The Pastel Society

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The Pastel Society is a British art society based in London. It promotes use of pastel painting through exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and lectures.

Edgar Degas

The Pastel Society was founded in England in 1898. Its first exhibition was held in Piccadilly, London. It holds an annual exhibition each year. There are currently over 50 members, who are professional artists.

Early members and early exhibitors include Anna Airy, Brangwyn, Degas, Rodin, Rothenstein, Whistler, and G.F. Watts.

It is one of the 9 member societies that form the Federation of British Artists. For further details on the Society's history see Anthony J Lester's essay in "The Pastel Society: Pastel Painting & Drawing 1898-2000" (ISBN 0 9537927 0 6), published in 2000.

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