A grisaille turned into a trompe l’oeil, symphonies in white, making the transition to oil paints, an exercise for pupils, and vibrant primary colours.
The availability and use of modern pigments was a major factor in determining Impressionist painting style.
The methods used for a more robust analysis of palettes, which is unique and innovative.
The nineteenth century saw the successful introduction of more new pigments than had the preceding two millenia.
The period 1700 to 1850 saw the introduction of the first modern pigments, such as Prussian blue and emerald green, which started to transform paintings.
This traces the pigments, palettes and techniques used in easel paintings from Classical times to 1700.
How choice from available pigments, coupled with the way of applying the paint, relate to painting style.
Painting is about form, light, and colour. Here is a short summary of the practical points developed in the previous articles on colour.