Saturday, March 7, 2015

Why van Gogh Reds Are Going White

Vincent van Gogh, “Wheat Stack Under a Cloudy Sky” (1889) (© Peter Horree/Alamy, via RSC)
Vincent van Gogh’s reds have been turning white due to a rare lead mineral in his paint as the missing link. .” Interestingly, it’s a different issue than the recent analysis of the fading of red in Renoir’sMadame Léon Clapisson” (1883), where the red lake pigment made of cochineal insects was separating.  More at: Hyperallergi