Born from a collaboration between art material entrepreneur Henri Sennelier and the artist Pablo Picasso in the 1940's, Sennelier Oil Pastels are acclaimed as the finest of their kind the world over. Picasso was looking for an artists' quality medium that he could use to quickly sketch and create without first having to prepare a surface. He asked Sennelier for a colored pastel that he could paint on anything: paper, canvas, wood, metal – and Sennelier created their now famous line of oil pastels just to his specifications.
Sennelier Oil Pastels are made from the highest quality pigments, an extremely pure synthetic binding medium, and neutral pH mineral wax. The non-siccative nature of the binding medium ensures it will not oxidize and has no effect on film stability, while the mineral wax gives the pastels their creamy, buttery texture not unlike that of lipstick. The high pigment load in Sennelier Oil Pastels provides them with an opacity and covering power unrivalled in any other oil pastel, and the use of turpentine, mineral spirits, or the innovative Sennelier Transparent Blending Medium stick allows you to create washes and blend colors without sacrificing the hard edges and rich colors that are the crowning glory of oil pastels. In addition, almost all colors in the line (excluding metallic and fluorescent shades) are extremely lightfast, and the spectrum of colors itself is large and well-balanced. Based on a classic palette first recommended by Picasso (including a large array of grey shades that were his personal favorite) the color range was expanded based on the recommendations of contemporary artists across Europe and North America.