Atelier was inspired by Julien Tanguy (better known as Père Tanguy) who championed an art supplies shop in St Germain on the Left Bank of Paris in the late 1800’s. He sold pigments, oils, canvas & other essentials; often to struggling artists in exchange for their 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 early curators to expose Paris to Chinoiserie with his collection of Japanese prints known as Ukiyo-e on show at his own gallery. Ukiyo-e then became a major source of inspiration for these artists and artists globally during the 20th century.
Atelier draws its inspiration from Paris from this heightened era; the artists, the cafe society, the vibrant salons, and lots of smoking & drinking of absinthe; fun & frivolity. The colours reflect the 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.
PLEASE NOTE we are unable to ship paint internationally.