Two chemists, related by marriage, founded Schmincke in 1881. Their goal was to find resin based oil paint recipes, a tradition beginning to die out prior to the invention of metal tubing which would keep the paint preserved. Not only did they reinvigorate the oil painting tradition but they spent a decade developing a water color recipe that would better the paints then coming out of England. Horadam Aquarell is still patented. More than one hundred years later, nothing can defy it’s color quality.