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Blockx Artist Quality Oil Paints
This small family-owned company has been making artist quality oil paints since 1865. Jacques Blockx, a brilliant early chemist, was sought out by French and Belgian artists for his advice on pigments and as a response, commenced manufacture of his selection of oil paints. The brand is synonymous with the highest of quality where no compromise is made in their manufacture, either in the cost of pigments or the time for manufacture, for they are still made today on the same slow moving stone three-roll mills that have been used for a century.
Amongst the most ardent supporters of this paint have been Rene Magritte and Paul Signac, and of recent times, the technical painting master, Salvador Dali. The concept is that the pigment is not just the colour, but the way it paints irrespective of the pigment and its concentration. The colours have been ground only in cold pressed poppy oil which is around six times the cost of cold pressed linseed oil. Difficult pigments are put through the three-roll mill up to five times to ensure perfect wetting and fluidity with the maximum quantity of pure pigments without a trace of fillers. Many of the colours are unique to Blockx and are a tribute to the vision of the original Jacques Blockx.
Note that Blockx do not make any range other than professional quality. In 1918 the factory employed 14 staff, today they employ only 8, ensuring a semi-handmade quality opposed to mass production paints. Surprisingly, these paints are in the same price bracket as mass produced paints.
Many of these colours are unique and have special mass tones unseen in any other paints, ie, Brown Ochre and Brown Ochre Light, Cassel Earth, Gold Ochre, Italian Earth. Note that colours are priced by pigment and so may appear out of context in pricing, ie. the cobalts which feature in Series 6. Available in 35ml & 200ml tubes.
Sennelier 1887 Impressionist Set
Reproduction set, based on the 1887 painters’ field set sold to the French Impressionist painters for ‘plein air’ painting trips. Comprises 12 x 40ml tubes of colour, plus a large tube of white paint, turpentine, gloss varnish, palette, palette knife, brushes and double dipper.
Sennelier Artist Quality Oil Paints
The development of Impressionist painting is almost in parallel with the development of Sennelier oil paints. The evidence of quality and long-term consistency is visible in most of the world’s major art collections with Sennelier on the canvases of Monet, Bonnard, Chagall, Kandinsky, Modigliani and Yves Klein.
In keeping with early manufacturing traditions, the paint of today is highly concentrated without fillers, employing special methods of manufacture. In its current range, Sennelier retains many unique colours, such as Chinese Vermillion, Madder Lake Pink, Pouzzoles Red and Pink Brown. Available in 140 colours in 40ml tubes.
Sennelier Fine Oil Painting Set
Lacquered and dovetailed, polished wooden-boxed set with brass piano hinges, hand made in France. Has leather carry handle and is firmly secured by twin leather straps. Comprises 22 x 40ml tubes, turpentine, gloss varnish, double dipper, brushes, charcoal, palette knife and wooden palette.