Van Gogh Colored Pencils
Van Gogh is a Brand name of Royal Talens, a Dutch company now owned by the Japanese.
Royal Talens was formed in what is now the Netherlands (Holland) in 1899. Marten Talens founded the “Dutch Factory for Paints, Lacquers and Inks” as a family business. In 1904 they were selling their first oil paints and watercolors. In 1912, Talens set up a sales office in America. In 1924 they began making pastels, and the Rembrandt pastels are still a leader among pastel artists. The Royal part of the name was actually earned (remember the Netherlands has a monarchy) in 1949 for their high-quality innovation. In 1991, Royal Talens became part of the Sakura Color Products Corporation, with its headquarters in Osaka, Japan.
Royal Talens are the makers of Van Gogh brand of colored pencils. Sadly, Van Gogh's are no longer sold in the USA. Van Gogh makes both traditional and water-soluble pencils, which match. Royal Talens combined their expertise in paint making (they sell the brand Rembrandt watercolors along with other paints) with their expertise in pencil making.
Van Gogh pencils lay down color very easily. There is no issue with hard streaks and very little crumbling.
The Van Gogh pencils are guaranteed to be lightfast. Both their traditional and water-soluble pencils come in 60 colors, which match each other.
The exteriors on both the traditional and water-soluble pencils are round. The Traditional pencils have a dark blue (indigo) end cap, and the water-soluble pencils have a very light bluish grey end cap.
The pencils have the color name, number, and lightfast rating on each one.
The pencils sold in the US were in interesting cases. You could remove the pencils and they stood up (most of the time) in their plastic holders.
Traditional (dry) Van Gogh Pencils
Van Gogh Water-Soluble Pencils