Did the Impressionists invent plein air painting? And was Impressionism dependent on the supply of oil paints in tubes?
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.
Oil paints have been used for centuries in most of Europe’s greatest paintings, together worth far more than […]