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Date posted: 28-May-2020

Original Paintings by Jade Pasteur

Portrait of a Mischievous Clown - PC011

Oil on Canvas, 24 X 48

Signed by Artist

Acclaimed American Painter in the French Impressionism Style (1914 -2002)

She always began painting the eyes because she believed that is where you find their character.

 “Everything has feeling, has heart. Too much logic destroys Art”

Artist, Jade Pasteur, saw beauty in every facet of her life.  Proficient in painting, sculpture, acting, and dance, over the years Pasteur honed her gifts and passion for French Impressionism into a collection of uniquely American fine art, portraits, and murals.  Her work can be found in private collections around the world and has been exhibited in fine museums and galleries including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Argent Gallery, and the National Academy of Design.  She is the youngest artist ever to become a member of the National Association of Women Artists.

A painter who truly embodies the American dream, Pasteur is the daughter of a White Russian emigrant father and a French mother who is a direct descendant of famed chemist and biologist, Louis Pasteur. An art prodigy, Pasteur began studying painting and dance at the age of five.  At the age of eleven, she won a scholarship to study at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she was the only girl in a class of twelve students.  This was followed by a scholarship to the Art Students League where she studied under Louis Bouche, Louis Bosa, and John Corbeno.  During her course of study at the Art Students League, Pasteur received a scholarship to the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.  Long eager to explore sculpting, Pasteur left New York for Los Angeles to study with famed sculpture, Howard Greisser at Otis.

Her fiery and eclectic personality drove her curiosity and passion.  While painting and sculpting were her first love, the move to Los Angeles allowed Pasteur to explore her love of dancing.  Her keen perceptions and understanding of movement and form made her a natural talent and after a relatively short course of study, Pasteur was invited to participate in the Rasch Ballet’s highly acclaimed performance of the “Petite Ballet.”  Her performance was so awe-inspiring, it earned Pasteur a contact with MGM where she was groomed to fill the void left by the untimely death of Jean Harlow.  In her role of ingénue starlet, Pasteur appeared in “Rosalie” with Eleanor Powell and Nelson Eddie and many of the popular collegiate films that were the trend at the time.  During her tenure at MGM, Pasteur shared the screen with Lew Ayers, Charles Bickford, Mickey Rooney, Joe Penner, Gene Krupa, Jeanette McDonald, Ken Murray, Pat O’Brien, George Murphy, and Andy Devine. Only seventeen when she began her film career, the pressures of working in Hollywood while studying full time at Otis Art Institute proved to much for the young artist.  While filming The Scarlet Pimpernel with Leslie Howard, Pasteur collapsed from exhaustion.  Her mother brought her back to New York and nursed her back to health.

When WWII broke out, Pasteur brought her skills as an artist to the war effort by using paintings to reach mental patients in St Albans Naval Hospital.  When the war ended Pasteur remained in New York and received a second scholarship to the Art Students League where she became the protégé of artist William McNulty. Following that, she continued her studies at the National Academy of Design in New York.

In the late 1940s, Pasteur moved to Florida where her work was featured in many of Palm Beach’s finest galleries. She soon married Ben York, who was superintendent of recreation for West Palm Beach.  Through his office, Pasteur began teaching painting to children, a vocation which turned into a lifelong commitment.  She experienced so much success with her own work eventually Pasteur opened her own gallery in Palm Beach and became a powerful force in the local art scene.  Her success coincided with her desire to discover other mediums. Branching out to mural work, Pasteur received close to fifty commissions to create murals in hospitals, community centers and restaurants up and down the East Coast. In the late 1960s Pasteur retired with her husband to North Carolina where she established the Jade Pasteur Art Gallery and School of French Impressionist Painting.

Over the years, Pasteur became known for her many portraits of notable people, including Emett Kelly, Casey Stengel, Ernest Hemingway, Albert Einstein, Madonna, Willie Nelson, and Walter Annenberg. Her portrait of legendary Casey Stengel, presented to him at the Palm Beach Stadium in March 1965, hangs in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Her portraits of celebrities drew attention for their high quality and she was commissioned by Indian Palms Country Club in Palm Springs, CA to create twenty-five portraits of the numerous notables who had been regulars at the resort during its early days. 

Pasteur continued to teach and paint until her death in 2002.  Her work touched the lives of thousands of people and her art represents one of the true hidden treasures of art in America.

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