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Lot 0770
**Originally Listed At $800**

Kristen Olsen (American, 20th / 21st century), "Lake Isabelle", framed pastel under glass, ca. 1990s. Signed in pencil at lower right. A brilliant view of Lake Isabelle in the Indian Peaks wilderness of north central Colorado - a popular hiking destination for many Rocky Mountain enthusiasts. Olsen takes advantage of the pure hues of the pastel medium, and its direct application enables her as a plein-air artist to capture the essence of landscapes with a quality of immediacy. Olsen truly transports the viewer to this wondrous location - how magical! Set in custom mat and gilt frame under glass. Size: 26.5" W x 20.5" H (67.3 cm x 52.1 cm); 39" W x 33" H (99.1 cm x 83.8 cm) framed.

The medium of pastel originated in northern Italy during the 16th century and gained its greatest popularity during the 18th century when artists such as Jean-Baptiste Chardin, Francois Bouchet, and Rosalba Carriera created masterful pastel compositions. During the 19th century, some of the most famous artists of all time worked in pastel - including Mary Cassatt, William Merrit Chase, Edgar Degas, Pierre-August Renoir, Child Hassam, and Jean Francois Millet. Pastels continue to be coveted by artists, because they enable artists to capture scenes in the moment given the immediacy of the medium, and the colors are brilliantly saturated.

Provenance: private Denver, Colorado, USA collection; acquired from Rocky Mountain PBS 1998 "Anniversary Collection" and subject of commemorative poster

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This pastel has not been examined outside the frame; however, the pastel appears to be in excellent condition. Signed in pencil at lower right. Professionally framed - set in a cream-hued textured fabric covered mat and beautiful gold-tone frame under glass by Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado.

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Signed Olsen Pastel - "Lake Isabelle", 1990s

Estimate $1,600 - $2,400
$7000 bids
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