"Meliora Cogito - I strive for the best"
For four generations Schmincke's goal has been to provide the very finest artists' colours for demanding artists. In 1881, Josef Horadam and Hermann Schmincke, affiliated through their wives, searched and found traditional resin-oil-colour recipes, almost lost during the last period before the invention of the metal tube. (Without tight containers like tubes the resin-oil-colours could not be durably kept while painting outside). At the Academy in Florence, Professor Cesare Mussini (never painting outside) still preserved old family recipes of finest natural resin-oil-colours. They became the initial and immediately successful exclusive program of the colour-manufacturing plant founded by the two chemist colour-men H. Schmincke and J. Horadam, while others continued to make the more simple oil-colours without resins as they became used to before the invention of tubes.
lt took Josef Horadam 11 years after the founding of the Schmincke-factory in 1881 to research, develop and further improve "his" watercolour-line to top the water-colours, invented earlier in England. In 1892 he received his first Prussian patent for his "HORADAM Patent-Aquarellfarben", followed by patents in several other European countries like France and Hungaria. Still today MUSSINI finest dammar-resin-oil-colours and HORADAM AQUARELL, finest water-colours are the strongest and most renowned legs of the Schmincke program of finest artists’ colours. Of course the whole program is permanently adapted and further improved benefiting especially from newer superb developments of the pigment research world-wide.
Around the turn of the century, under the leadership of the second owner-generation, the founders nephew Dr. Julius Hesse, finest soft pastels and a vast program of Gouache-colours for artists, designers and photo-retouchers were introduced. All became famous in their category.
After war-related pauses, the third generation, Consul Ernst 0. Hesse, who remained actively engaged in Schmincke until his death in 1992, introduced finest artists' acrylic colours. Under the brand name PRIMAcryl® those modern artists colours, first invented in the USA, became an important addition to the assortment, especially in the German home-market.
The philosophy, goals, objectives and the Schmincke-strategy remain, however, co-carried by the owner-family and directed to a global market for top quality traditional artists' colours.
In their home-markets Schmincke also offers a full range of additional bench-mark products for demanding artists. A side-goal was always and remains to supply not only top quality products but also equivalent customer-service.
The Schmincke goal, to supply the very best artists’ colours, is not only a pleasure for all who are involved, because a particularly beautiful program results, it is also commercially viable, because it secures a long-term niche in the global quality-market. This is considered more important than short term profit.
The artists' satisfaction motivates Schmincke. Those who donate their valuable time to creative activities usually wish to use best possible material. They believe in the artists' desire for top quality material, and work to satisfy this desire in partnership with their qualified and specialised retailers. They keep their vast-program in their stock and give advice. Therefore Schmincke are faithful to our retailer-customers.
Schmincke wants to contribute to a beautiful colourful world - with the best artists' colours.
This complements their founding-forefathers motto:
"Meliora Cogito- I strive for the best".