Introduced in 1911, the Polychromos Pastels are highly pigmented, hard pastels and are acid-free.

The word "pastel" derives from the Italian word "pasta". 

48 of 60 colors are rated with *** lightfastness.

Colors keep their brilliance even when a fixation spray has been applied.

Unusual for artists, the Polychromos Pastels have a square section. The rectangular shape enable the artist to draw fine details as well as working on large areas. This feature gives artists the benefit of ready "edges" with which to achieve sharp delineation when required, as well as flat sides to allow uniform tonal shading.