Sennelier –is a French brand of art supplies famous for their hand selected pigments. They produce oil paints, water colors, gouache, pastels, india ink, and many other mediums. Gustave Sennelier opened this art supply store in 1887, near the famous Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Initially, Sennelier sold paints made by various manufacturers; later he chose to produce his own paints using local pigments and binders procured from his travels across Europe. Anecdotally, it is believed that Sennelier’s gained prominence at this time. Art-supply shops were ubiquitous, and Cezanne, Gauguin and many of the impressionists would shop around in the neighborhood, in search of particular shades of paint. If Gustave Sennelier  didn’t stock the color, he would create it for his painters.

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.  Henri Sennelier Gustave’s son, created the first oil pastel, a stick of colored chalk that is waxy rather than powdery. It goes on thickly and won’t smudge. In addition to the aforementioned Cézanne, Gaugin, and Picasso, Van Gogh was also known to have used Sennelier oil paint as stated in many of his letters. Sennelier is one of just a few companies which still provides dry pigments for sale. Most artists today simply buy ready-mixed paints. The range of dry pure pigments offered by the company is quite large, exceeding eighty colors.

Today Mr. Dominique Sennelier 9 3rd gen) and his daughter Sophie Sennelier run the successful stores in Paris as well as exporting their successful line of art supplies around the world. In the US the American Artists can buy these products thanks to Pierre Guidetti and Maureen Labaro who import them thru Savoir Faire art materials distributor. Savoir Faire is the United States Importer of fine art materials from Europe: Sennelier, Fabriano, Artfix Linen( used on RAY MARs Newest Panels) Isabey, Raphael, & Charbonnel. Savoir Faire is a sponsor of the Paris Seminar. www.savoirfaire.com     www.sennelier.fr