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The skill of the Old Masters meets modern research in this premium line of oils, designed to exceed the demands of artists today and tomorrow.
With a distinctive Mediterranean palette and exclusive colors, LeFranc's Artist Oils have a creamy, even consistency. The colors have perfect mixability, excellent lightfastness, an even drying time, and a tinting strength that strikes the perfect balance between opacity and transparency.
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LeFranc Raw Umber
from Seattle, WA
Comments about Lefranc & Bourgeois Artists' Oils:
LeFranc Raw Umber is one of my favorite paints and is a must-have on my palette. It contains some synthetic and natural yellow ocher which gives it a little more opacity than raw umbers made from PBr7 alone - this makes it perfect for blocking-in and gestural sketches. Adding white results in a neutral with a slightly greenish cast. Good tinting strength.Comparable to Rublev French Raw Umber but is less gritty.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By Freda the painter
from Maryville, TN
This brand is too thin.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for your feedback. These colors are manufactured to the buttery consistency favored by most European manufacturers, and we're sorry if this is not what you were looking for. For advice on which paints are made to a thicker paste, we invite you to reach out to our Product Information Team. Product Specialists are available weekdays from 8am to 5:30pm CST at 1-800-933-2542 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and they're happy to help!
Great pigment quality and selection for the money
from Boston MA
They do not list the binder on the tube and I can't find mention of it on their site. I have heard they use soy oil and that would explain the super low prices. This company used some good quality pigment and an unusually good selection, (especially in the yellows ) for instance Bismuth and Benzi yellow. It dries very slow like safflower paint and the tubes seem to get used up pretty fast. If you want a good selection of modern pigments ( non or less toxic compared to cadmiums) and want an inexpensive paint for sketching or something I could recommend trying these. Especially because some of these pigments are hard to find and usually expensive,
Merchant response: Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us. The only color in this range that uses soy oil is Titanium Zinc White — other colors use poppy, safflower, or linseed. One of our Product Specialists will email you more specific information, and if we can be of further assistance, just let us know!
I love the larger than usual tube openings and caps. My only reservation is that there may be a bit too much oil in the mix. But there Raw Umber is a lovely warm umber so I can live with the oiliness.
very good paint
from New york City
use it for illustration and gallery art, works nicely, love their color selection.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Love, Love, Love L&B
I've been painting professionally for many years. For much of that time, I used Rembrandt oil paint which I loved. When Rembrandt prices soared out of reach, I tried L&B and now use it almost exclusively. The L&B colors are beautiful, bright and true -- great for impressionist work. The paint comes out of the tube in tact (no oily separation,) has a very amiable consistency and mixes well (including with other brands.) From my experience, it is also light-fast (haven't experienced any fading or dullness over time.) It is very similar to Rembrandt but is far more affordable. I love it and highly recommend it.
Zinc-Titanium White Oil Paint by LeFranc
By Deborah the Painter
from Upstate New York
This product was recommended to me by another painter. I had been using a titanium white for years. I found the viscosity very much different in this product. It's much thicker, heavier, shows brushstrokes more. It seems a warmer white that the titanium alone and I understand that with the addition of Zinc it helps the paint layers dry from the inside out---rather than the surface drying first which opens the door to surface cracking. If you paint thinly a medium might be required from time to time.I would recommend this to the serious painter.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
By Artist of Land of Returning Swallows
from San Juan Capistrano, CA
I do mainly traditional , Tonalist inspired Landscapes and some Still Lifes. I am also recently retired and don't have a fortune to spend on supplies. These professional quality paints are a good, solid value. (Plus I can't help liking that they are French and the company has been producing them for hundreds of years.)
By urban plein air-er
from wilmington DE
I like this product. It has nice buttery quality and is a good price.
A quality paint at economical prices
from Houma, LA
I've read where an instructor labeled LeFranc paints as student grade. I'm no expert, but I've experienced nothing but good results with LeFranc's Artists' oils. And, the prices are hard to beat.
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