Opened the ball. Circling, flying
Young couple for couple;
Clothing luxury glittered
And faces - fresh beauty...
( A. I. Odoevsky, "Ball")
Ball is a special event in the life of people of the past centuries.
The balls were held in huge and magnificent halls, surrounded on three sides by columns. The hall was lighted by many wax candles in crystal chandeliers and brass wall sconces. In the middle of the hall they danced continuously, and on the elevated platforms on both sides of the hall there were a lot of tables, on which there were decks of unopened cards. Here played, gossiped and philosophized. Ball for the nobles was a place of rest and communication.
The painting is made by pastel on a sketch of gouache and colored ink on thick textured paper based on the works of German artist Walter Heimig. Fragments used flakes of gold and silver gilding and a gold oil pastel.Halftone colors vary depending on the lighting.Pastel is on the verge between drawing and painting and requires very good lighting. Then the infinity of shades appears, the game of translucent layering. Best of all - the light of day, but diffused, falling on a tangent. In different lighting will produce completely different impression. A new beam or a different angle of view-and you will see new colors and details. It attracts and fascinates. The light pastel comes to life.
How to keep
Despite the fact that the picture is covered with varnish finish for pastel and charcoal, the most reliable preservation of pastels - under glass and Passepartout. In this case, the pastel work can live, without losing its initial charm, for a very long time.