conté crayon

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A type of hard crayon, named after Nicolas-Jacques Conté (1755–1805), a French scientist who worked as a portrait painter in his youth and invented the modern graphite pencil in the early 1790s. Conté crayons are similar to chalk, but they have a slightly greasy quality that makes them less liable to crumble. Black and warm red are the most common colours. Seurat made some of his best drawings in black conté crayon.

Subjects: Art.

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