What can I say, I love Lukas brand oils. I'm not an employee of theirs, I just admire the hell out of their paint and their legacy, and for good reason.
In the past I used Winton and other brands, but nothing impressed me more than Lukas once I went in their direction. Lukas is known for a smooth, velvety, buttery paint that dries fairly quickly thanks to a special recipe of beeswax added to the oil mixture. I like faster drying paints, others may hate them, it's really up to your taste and style. Aside from a convenient drying time they have a smooth feel and flow beautifully, it takes only slight finesse to move them around on canvas or panel.
Okay, so they're good paints, but what about Van Gogh?
The Lukas brand sprang up in deutschland in 1862, they've fine tuned their paints to be top notch and have a great following. One fan of their Olfarbe was Vincent Van Gogh. In a letter Vincent wrote to his brother Theo he had this to say:
“I have ordered colors from Schoenfeld [LUKAS] in Düsseldorf, as there were some colors which I couldn´t get here…the picture with the potato eaters is not good in some details…I should have had a better result with the mineral blue that I have now [from LUKAS], instead of the old one." - Vincent van Gogh
There's something about a seal of approval from arguably the greatest artist in history that makes you feel just a little good inside. I do agree with the great Dutchman that Lukas yields beautiful results. I have had nothing but success and pleasing results with Lukas since I dipped into them. I'll never be close to the level of genius that Vincent operated on, nobody will, but it's at least interesting to use the same line he did.
Great paint, great story, great history, Lukas is solid. I recommend them to anyone at any stage of their artistry. They're priced reasonably as well.