Originally Posted by ThunderKrow
I have an old set of JM Paillard pastels and know nothing about them. I've tried researching through google and can only find a few listings in French. Does anyone out there know anything about these pastels? I would like to know the general quality and how they compare to the more common pastels that I'm familiar with (Nupastel, Rembrandt, Sennelier, Great American, etc.).
There are at least four letters in which Vincent Van Gogh mentions Paillard's paints:
12 Oct. 1881
3 Sept. 1882
24 July 1883
30 July 1883
In addition a slew of sites on the internet show bits and pieces about the company, the best I've come across were some photographs of the factory and its employees from the twenties and a site listing all the colors that were made.
It seems that the company went into producing pens and ink in the thirties.
What to do is punch in "J.M. Paillard" and sift through the recipies for chicken Paillard and so on.
One night I went through 60 pages of sites!
Basically, though it is the thought that they were used by Van Gogh back in the 1800s.
Other places to look are vangoghletters.org and other Van Gogh sites.
I wish I could find some Paillard paints to use. I know that they are out there (sometimes they pop up on e-bay), but they are hard to track down.