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Engineered for portability (less than 11 oz per pair), versatility (attaches to either side of an easel or box with sides up to 1” thick) and efficiency (easy-on/
easy-off), the French Connection—adjusted to fit
your painting setup—attaches in just seconds any time you’re ready to paint.
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Working outside of the studio has a long-standing tradition among painters; and in the late nineteenth century, especially among those artists that came to be known as the French Impressionists, the importance of exploiting natural lighting, as well as the invention of tube paints, led to the increased popularity of painting en plein air (French for “in the open air”).

The invention of the Box Easel during this same period made painting on location much easier than it had ever been. This so-called “French Easel” provided a compact box that could be readily packed with paints, brushes, and palette, and then carried into the countryside where it was set up to provide what amounted to a portable studio.

Even today, the French Easel is widely used by painters. Its efficient use of space makes it a natural choice for transporting one’s painting supplies to places that are accessible only on foot. Despite its wide acceptance, however, the use of a French Easel does have some drawbacks. One can feel quite constrained in laying out paints, brushes, painting mediums and other supplies and equipment when more working space is needed than the drawer surface allows.

Enter the French Connection, which allows one to create a shelf on either side (or both sides) of the drawer, generating needed working space.