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Raphaël developed the Paris Classic for the Impressionists, who asked for a brush that would offer looser and more expressive brushstrokes than traditional stiff bristle brushes. An authentic piece of 19th century art history, this brush offers today’s artist the same features that made it a favorite of the modern masters — superior, extra-white hog bristles, and soft, thick tufts that splay uniformly for expressive and generous applications of color.
Every brush in the line, including the unique Short Filbert assortment, has a traditional varnished copper ferrule.
Brush sizes — The length and width of a brush of a given shape and size may vary by manufacturer as brush sizes are not standardized. Since fine art brushes are handmade, expect some variation even among brushes from within a single brush line.
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By Bill the painter
from Homewood, IL
Comments about Raphaël Raphaël Paris Classic Brushes:
I needed some new brushes and these fit the bill.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Raphaël Paris Classic Brushes #s 4's; 6's; 8's and 10 flats
By Kent Steine
from Madison, WI
Painting full brush loads (oil) with a "chisel-like" non-interlocking bristle was an exciting prospect...particularly for definitive strokes and passages. However...almost every one of these brushes that were purchased has failed. I bought 7 of them a couple of years ago, despite the price. After trying a 4 flat and an 8 flat, it was discouraging to notice both brushes shedding bristles like autumn leaves. So, I tried my second number 4 flat. Not only did it shed bristles, but had a loose ferrule as well. I put them away, and went back to my Simmons Signets. Just today, as a lark...I decided to give the Raphael Paris Classic brushes a second chance by placing some full brush loads with "never used, still carefully wrapped" 6's along with my lone 8. Surprise, surprise...all three have loose ferrules! Really? Four out of seven brushes with loose ferrules!?! Unacceptable! These brushes have a nice weight, feel and look. However, along with the aforementioned issues, it seems as though the bristles are too soft, and stain rather easily. That may sound comical, but I found it impossible to clean any of them after even a minimal amount of use. Not wanting to subject anyone to a poorly manufactured brush...all 7, including a never used #10 flat have found a new home. In the trash...evidently where they belong.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that you received some defective brushes. If you should ever receive a faulty product from us, please call or email us within one year of the order so we can take care of it. Our Customer Care Team is available at 1-800-723-2787, and they're always eager to provide our customers with the best possible service.
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Classic Filbert #4
By Noah painter
from San Francisco, CA
I haven't begun to use it yet, but I will soon. I paint in oils and it will be a good addition to my stock of brushes which are mostly Robert Simmons.
Best brushes ever!
Best brushes I have. The short filberts are my current favorite. Great brush strokes for thick paint application.
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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Warning- Not made in France
from Trent Woods,NC
As with my recent experience with Isabey bristle brushes, the Paris Classic apparently now is manufactured in Mauritius, not France. The quality has nose-dived like the Isabeys. I've actually thrown mine away with frustration at falling bristles, no shape retention and loose ferrels-two of which came off completely while cleaning. AVOID these . There are many wonderful diversions in the Indian Ocean, but making brushes apparently is not among them.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
The Original Impressionist Brush
Comments about Raphaël Paris Classic Round:
These brushes have a stiffness that reminds you of hog brushes, combined with a softness that allows it to skate sharply across the canvas, leaving a broad mark. It can be used to terrific effect and it's left a lasting impression on modernism.
from Fort Lauderdale, FL
I love the style of the great impressionists. These brushes don't make me into Monet, Degas, Cassatt, or Morisot but I can now leave strong brush marks on the canvas similar to these great painters. If you like a painting to look like a painting, and not a photograph, give these brushes a try.
This is a great brush! It holds its shape and hasn't shed a single hair. I love that it's not the pointed round shape.
(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
from Mountain Home, AR
My favorite brush is the Raphael Paris Classic short filbert #3577. Because the hairs are not interlocked, I can produce the open lace-like foliage that is special to my landscape painting. There is no other hog hair filbert like the Raphael 3577. This is what I have used for the past 28 years.
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