In 1862, Dr. Franz Schoenfeld (born in 1829), the great - great - uncle of the current managing director, founded the Artist Colors and Canvas Manufacturers.
Dr. Fr. Schoenfeld ; located in Düsseldorf, Germany. More than 145 Years: LUKAS Artists Colors Opposite the highly respected Düsseldorf Academy of Art, Dr. Fr. Schoenfeld's father owned a special artists materials shop, which was still praised in 1902 as the greatest and oldest of it?s type. It was at his father's shop that Dr. Fr. Schoenfeld discovered his own interest in art and artists' materials.
Dr. Fr. Schoenfeld studied in Giessen and Heidelberg. Graduating with a Doctor's in Philosophy at the early age of 20, he then went on to broaden his knowledge and develop his scientific understanding working as an assistant at the University of London, followed by the Netherlands. In 1896, he chose a new location for the firm opposite the "Düsseldorfer Painting Set" (Düsseldorf Paint Box). To this day, it remains an international meeting place for artists, architects, and writers.
From the outset, Dr. Fr. Schoenfeld has instilled a commitment to quality, without compromise. Our recipes have been optimally formulated in accordance with the most modern painting techniques and using only the very best pigments and binders. Through the combination of constant high - quality manufacturing we can guarantee the brilliance, and light fastness of our colors, which is one of the best prerequisites for ensuring the durability of artworks over many generations.
Artists trust the quality of our colors throughout the years. One of the best known examples is that of Vincent van Gogh, who wrote in a letter to his brother, in 1885, that he had ordered colors from Schoenfeld of Düsseldorf. The Achenbach brothers also wrote that they were only using colors from Schoenfeld's, as they were extraordinarily pleased with them.
LUKAS?s quality products are not only available in Germany, but also in over 80 different countries such as; Norway, South Africa, Canada, Australia, and the United States.
One of LUKAS' best - known employees was Professor Hans - Gert Müller, editor of the 12th to 15th editions of the Max - Doerner - Classics. The Materials of the Artist and Their Use in Painting, was a standard book of painting techniques, available in the German speaking area.
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