1862 founded the Ururgroßonkel the present managing director, Dr. Franz Schoenfeld (born 1829), the artist paints and Maltuchfabrik Dr. Fr Schoenfeld in Dusseldorf.
His father since 1829 has already led a specialty store for art materials compared to the traditional Düsseldorf Art Academy. A business that still boasted in 1902 as the "largest and oldest of its industry."Here Franz Schoenfeld discovered his interest in art and the artist materials.
He studied in Giessen and Heidelberg. Even as a 20-year-old, he earned the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. After his doctorate, he worked to expand his knowledge as an assistant at the University of London and the Netherlands.
Significantly, he chose 1896 for a new headquarters location opposite Düsseldorf's paint box, then and still today an international meeting place for painters, architects, and writers.
It started with the production of watercolor paints. Dr. Schoenfeld managed to the advantage of the liquid watercolor paint - namely, the fast color image with the brush - to transfer also in the formulation of the Aquarellnäpfchen: the birth of the "wet watercolor". This put the company from the start relentlessly on quality - with no compromises. Only the best pigments and binders in painting technique best recipes are used. By combining with consistent, high quality of workmanship creates the guarantee impressive color brilliance and fastness to light and therefore the best way to ensure the durability of works of art for many generations. So counted and count LUKAS Artists' Colours of Dr. Fr Schoenfeld always at the top qualities.
At the turn of the century in 1900 a major brand political decision was made that the company continues to shape the face: The patron saint of painters "Santa LUKAS" became the namesake for all products made by Dr. Fr Schoenfeld. Since that time we speak of LUKAS Artists' Colours. Even today, the symbol of the ST. Adapted to contemporary taste and graphic currents - - LUKE the character of the house.
As interest in LUKAS Artists' Colours rose, the company moved in 1960 to a new building conveniently located on the outskirts of the city of Dusseldorf, where it is still located today.
The company is located from the beginning always owned by the founding family in 1907 took over from his father Paul Schoenfeld, the company fortunes and handed them in 1919 shortly before his death to his nephew Dr. Edward Talbot. His successor in 1957 his daughter Christa Heusgen-Talbot, came into the footsteps of the current CEO Hubertus Heusgen in 1998.
One of the most famous employee was Prof. Hans-Gert Müller, editor of 12 to 15 New edition of the famous Max Doerner's classic "painting materials and their Use in Painting", the Technique of the standard work in German-speaking countries.
Thus were and are LUKAS products always. Been at the forefront of technical developments, which ultimately manifests itself in the fact that Lukas is the first manufacturer on the European continent in the year 1964 produced artists' acrylic colors
This and the constant pursuit of superior product quality led to the familiar well-known artists of the quality of LUKAS colors again and again through the centuries. So also Vincent van Gogh, who wrote in 1885 to his brother that he had ordered color of Schoenfeld from Dusseldorf. Similarly, the Achenbach brothers wrote that they had exclusively used in their life colors from the home Schoenfeld, because they were so very pleased with this.
Just trust and modern painters and graphic artists like Joseph Beuys, Hans-Georg Baselitz, and the designers of the STELLA musicals of the superior quality of the house LUKAS. Quality products from LUKAS - this is now a term not only in Germany, but in over 50 countries around the world, from Norway to South Africa, from Canada to Australia.