In 1794, Nicolas Jacques Conté developed the modern graphite lead compound consisting of a mixture of clay and graphite. This made it possible to develop pencils with different grades of hardness – think of your traditional HB pencil when compared to a 6B, for example.
A few years later, Conté developed “pencils without sleeves” with colours that were fixed and unchangeable to meet the requirements of the painters of the day. Artists' pastels as we now know them were consequently born, and over the decades, Conté à Paris have consistently refined the quality of their products to establish themselves as a true reference for artists world-wide.
Used by top masters, amateur artists and art students alike, Conté à Paris offers the widest variety of techniques and effects possible for drawing, sketching and pastel work.