Gustave Sennelier, a chemist by trade, thoroughly researched the history and usage of pigments to develop a distinctive process for manufacturing oil colors. The process involved the formulation of precise methods for mixing tones, and for controlling opacity and transparency.
He opened the doors of the Maison Sennelier at 3 Quai Voltaire in 1887, grinding his own pigments in the back yard. The Parisian landmark remains unchanged to this day, facing the Louvre on the Left Bank, just around the corner from the École des Beaux Arts.
The passing of more than a century has seen artists with names like Cézanne, Gauguin, Monet, Bonnard, Soutine, Picasso, Modigliani, Kandinsky, Chagall, and Dali pass through its doors.
The essential factor in the history of Sennelier is a passion for color, embodied in the choice of pigments used in Sennelier color ranges. Sennelier circles the globe to find classic and rare pigments that possess qualities that are both beautiful and unique.
Sennelier can provide the artist with whatever materials are needed, no matter how esoteric or historic they may be. Sennelier has been a resource for artists since the era of the Impressionists, and that tradition continues today for all customers of the Maison Sennelier.
A stunning glimpse into the making of Sennelier L'Aquarelle, Honey Based Artists' Watercolor. Continuing its traditional color palette used by French Impressionist painters, Sennelier has now expanded the Sennelier Artists' Watercolor line to 98 colors to include more rich darks.
Get a glimpse into how some of Sennelier’s finest artists’ colors are made.
The descendants of Gustave Sennelier still create their extraordinarily luscious colors from the finest hand-ground pigments combined with pure,
Picasso, a long-time Sennelier customer, was looking for a medium that could be used freely on a variety of surfaces without fading or cracking.The collaboration between Henri Sennelier and Pablo Picasso produced the incomparable Sennelier oil pastels.
While Sennelier Soft Pastels were originally created for Edgar Degas, these beautiful100% pure pigment sticks are available for those who want brilliant color and velvety smooth lay-down.
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