The Pastels of Henri Roché are known for its outstanding quality and among the artists‹ who used these are Degas, Chéret, Whistler and Sisley.
The family business was founded in 1720 and during the last years it was run by the two elderly sisters Denise and Giséle Roché, both aged 80 and only a small cliental was able to buy the pastels.
The business was handed over to Isabelle Roché and she has started to increase the production of the different colors, which once were available. In the 1930 they had a collection of over 1650 colors. Just imagine that!
Roche has a website in French and English, with interesting information, videos and links, where you can buy the pastels outside of France.
This is a video about Isabelle Rochés work. It’s only in French, but it’s a feast for every pastelartists eyes.
Edgar Degas hat diesen Kasten benutzt.