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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.


Acrylic Paints and Mediums
Drawing and Writing Materials
Egg Tempera and Pigments
Oil Paints and Mediums
Oil Pastels
Pastel Papers
Varnishes and Coatings
Watercolor Paints
Other Products by Sennelier
  • Sennelier L’Aquarelle Artists’ Watercolors
    Sennelier L’Aquarelle Artists’ Watercolors

    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.

  • Sennelier Artists' Oil Paints
    Sennelier Artists' Oil Paints

    The descendants of Gustave Sennelier still create their extraordinarily luscious colors from the finest hand-ground pigments combined with pure, first-press non-yellowing safflower oils. They produce an outstanding collection of oils distinguished by a "satin" finish and creamy texture. The paints still entrance artists, just as they did when pioneers such as Paul Cézanne and Camille Pissaro first used them.

  • Sennelier <nobr>Extra-Fine</nobr> Acrylique Paints
    Sennelier Extra-Fine Acrylique Paints

    Sennelier Extra-Fine Acrylique Paints contain only the highest-quality pigments, selected to assure clarity, purity, opacity, and stability over time. A broad palette of 120 colors, most made from a single pigment, includes all the colors that made Sennelier's Artists' Oils famous.

  • Sennelier <nobr>Extra-Fine</nobr> Watercolors
    Sennelier Extra-Fine Watercolors

    Sennelier Extra-Fine Watercolors were perfected in 1893 and are still a favorite among professional artists. These rich and intensely pigmented paints have a satin luminosity when dry and are well worth their cost. Watch this video to learn more about this historic line of paints.

  • Sennelier Oil Pastels
    Sennelier Oil Pastels

    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.

  • Sennelier Soft Pastels
    Sennelier Soft 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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