Sennelier Artist Watercolour is a technique and medium derived from its predecessors egg tempera and gouache. Architects, illustrators and painters used egg tempera to colour their work throughout the 18th century. But it was mainly painters, sketching out landscapes and portraits, who desired a transparent touch which would capture the vibration of light.
This experimentation gave birth to the "wet" paints that appeared in the 19th century, and the ensuing works that went by the name of "watercolours". But what is of particular importance to Sennelier Artists' quality Watercolours is that they are designated as "French Watercolours". One must experience this distinctive satin luminosity that is an exaltation of colour, reflecting the radiance of the City of Lights.
This luminosity has its roots in the impressionist aesthetic of brilliant colour, which inspired the Maison Sennelier to create this unique and unparalleled vibrancy in watercolours. As they approach their second turn of the century, Sennelier watercolours are the perfect marriage of 19th century traditions and 21st century advances.