Here is a quote from Katz's epic search for the holy grail of pastels:
I first heard about Henri Roché pastels several years ago from the painter, Wolf Kahn. He spoke about the almost ridiculous difficulty of obtaining them. They were, he said, made according to an ancient recipe by an elderly Parisian lady who, along with her two elderly sisters, maintained the last vestiges of a family business that had catered to many of the great artists of the last couple of centuries. If you wanted to buy some, he continued, it was necessary to appear at her doorstep at a particular time on Thursday afternoons and hope that, if she were feeling well enough, you would be admitted to the sanctum sanctorum, the Lourdes of the serious pastelist. I thought he was exaggerating.Read the whole article here.
Buy 'em here:
Rochester Art Supply, NY.
Okay, let's cut to the chase. Here is Ms. Roche ( Isabel Roché ?) herself, in a video interview: