Atelier was inspired by character, Julien Tanguy (better known as Père Tanguy) who ran an art supplies shop in Paris which had an art gallery attached from 1873 to 1892.

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He sold pigments, oils, canvas & other essentials; he often sold struggling artists supplies in exchange or credit for paintings. Tanguy’s shop quickly became a sanctuary for young, impressionist artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, Cèzanne Gauguin and Renoir.

Tanguy was one of the first to show Japanese prints known as Ukiyo-e when Chinoiserie was all the rage in Paris. Ukiyo-e then became a major source of inspiration for these artists and artists globally during the 20th century.

Atelier is all about Paris in the late 1800s, the artists, the cafe society, the vibrant salons, and lots of smoking, lots of drinking; fun & frivolity. The colours mirror the richness of this period; hand mixed paints with exotic pigments, linseed oils, the fashion & the trends of Chinoiserie. Each name in this paint range reveals the history of this time.

Bring these inspiring colours into your everyday life with a splash of Ukiyo-E on the front door of your home. Alternatively, if you are after something a bit softer, give Taboret a go on your home’s exterior, or try Natura Morta to paint hand-written signage on white floors, walls or doors – have some fun with this palette!

Written by Amber TSI Byron — October 29, 2019

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