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Oil Pastels

The world's finest oil pastels were their first, originally created in 1949 by Henri Sennelier for Pablo Picasso. Picasso, a frequent patron of Henri’s art supply shop across from the Louvre, was looking for a vibrant coloured pastel he could use to paint on anything, giving examples of wood, metals, paper, canvas, etc. Picasso enjoyed the immediacy of children’s crayons and soft pastels, but wanted to be able to use their freer, gestural qualities on all surfaces, and wanted them to be professional quality and lightfast. Sennelier’s first oil pastels have since been the hallmark and long-time standard of the medium.

Creamy, lightfast, and vibrant, Sennelier Oil Pastels use the same high quality pigments and high pigment loads as their other lines, combined with a pure, synthetic binding medium and mineral wax. As the binding medium does not oxidize, it will not jeopardize the artwork’s film stability or surface. They are acid-free, so there is no need to prime any surface as a preventative barrier for protection against deterioration from acid. The neutral pH mineral wax provides a remarkably creamy texture that will never harden or yellow, thus providing excellent adhesion to any support, without ever fearing cracking. They may be thinned with turpentine, or mineral spirits to make washes or soften drawing strokes. They are the ideal medium for artists on the go, as sets can be taken on airplanes without any restrictions since they contain no solvents or liquid oils like tubed paints. 

Using Sennelier oil pastels is an exploration.


Sennelier Oil Pastels - Made for Picasso


001 Sen Oil Pastel White

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002 Sen Oil Pastel Azure Blue

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003 Sen Oil Pastel Cerulean Blue

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004 Sen Oil Pastel Cobalt Blue

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006 Sen Oil Pastel Pale Blue

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007 Sen Oil Pastel Prussian Blue

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008 Sen Oil Pastel Bordeaux

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011 Sen Oil Pastel Blue Grey

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012 Sen Oil Pastel Grey Deep

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013 Sen Oil Pastel Yellow Grey

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014 Sen Oil Pastel Pale Grey

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016 Sen Oil Pastel Grey Green

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017 Sen Oil Pastel Violet Green

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018 Sen Oil Pastel Bright Yellow

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019 Sen Oil Pastel Lemon Yellow

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020 Sen Oil Pastel Yellow Deep

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022 Sen Oil Pastel Gold Yellow

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023 Sen Oil Pastel Black

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025 Sen Oil Pastel Flesh Ochre

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026 Sen Oil Pastel Yellow Ochre

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027 Sen Oil Pastel Purple

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028 Sen Oil Pastel Pink

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029 Sen Oil Pastel Red Light

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030 Sen Oil Pastel Red Deep

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031 Sen Oil Pastel Ruby Red

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032 Sen Oil Pastel Venetian Red

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033 Sen Oil Pastel Sepia

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034 Sen Oil Pastel Burnt Umber

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035 Sen Oil Pastel Raw Umber

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036 Sen Oil Pastel Burnt Sienna

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037 Sen Oil Pastel Raw Sienna

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038 Sen Oil Pastel Vermilion

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040 Sen Oil Pastel Baryte Green

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045 Sen Oil Pastel Green Medium

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046 Sen Oil Pastel Olive Green

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047 Sen Oil Pastel Blue Violet

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048 Sen Oil Pastel Red Violet

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074 Sen Oil Pastel Yellow Lake

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