Paint (oil)


Established 1887

Founded in 1887 by Gustave Sennelier, Sennelier is a French brand of art supplies famous for their hand selected pigments. In the days, art-supply shops were ubiquitous and artists would shop around in search of particular shades of paint. If Gustave Sennelier didn’t stock the color, he would create it for his painters. Cézanne, Gauguin and van Gogh were known to have used Sennelier oil paint. In 1949, the Sennelier shop created a product specially for Pablo Picasso. He wanted colors he could use on any surface, without first having to do special preparation or coating. Also, Henri Sennelier, Gustave’s son, created the first oil pastel, a stick of colored chalk that is waxy rather than powdery.

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