In 2017, Schmincke celebrated the 125th Jubilee Year of their famous Horadam Watercolour with 35 new colours, including 32 single-pigment colours and an increased use of highly lightfast pigments such as Quinacridone and Perylene.
The new, optimized and enlarged Horadam Watercolour assortment of 139 brilliant, intense colours + Oxgall offers painters the highest quality "Made in Germany", including:
- 112 tones with highest possible lightfastness (4 and 5 stars)- 95 one-pigment-tones for brilliant mixing results- Enlarged colour harmonic range due to new pigment classes, as well as 20 new pigments, e.g. Quinacridone, Perylene, and transparent iron oxides
While maintaining the traditional manufacture of:
- Pans poured 4 times in liquid state for highest yield- Especially selected vintage Gum Arabic as binding medium- Fully reusable paint when dried on a palette- High control of paint flow, even on soft watercolour papers
139 colours in 5ml and 15ml tubes, and half pans (Assortment varies between stores. All stores stock the full range in 5ml tubes. Newmarket, Ponsonby and Wellington stores stock the full range in 5ml, 15ml and half pans.)ABOUT SCHMINCKESchmincke began at the end of the 19th Century, when the colour chemists Josef Horadam and Hermann Schmincke saw an opportunity to provide the artists of the day with a truly superior artists oil, and so set out to Italy where traditional studio painting was still taught, in search of the nearly forgotten resin oil formulations. In 1881, at the Academy of Fine Art in Florence, they secured the precision formulations of the Professor Cesare Mussini, a guardian of the old masters techniques, and on these formulations, the two founded their manufacturing establishment under the name H.Schmincke and Co.In subsequent years, artists colours to suit all techniques were introduced, such as Josef Horadam's patent watercolours of 1892. Through the entire 20th century, every generation of owner has lead the company to its current position as one of the worlds leading manufacturers of finest artists colour.