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Pastels may have been a late-fifteenth or early-sixteenth century invention of the French, but they first came into common usage in Italy in the sixteenth century. It was, however, the artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries who brought the art of pastel painting to perfection. Improved means of fixing the chalky pastel line on paper and the invention of various papers prepared specifically for pastel drawing eased this development. Flocked paper, for instance, has a surface covered with loosely matted fibres, like felt, that hold the dusty powder of the pastel line on the page.
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