The "Swatch This" Challenge Day 94
Winsor Newton's Cadmium yellow is a deep, yellow with a warm red tinge applied full strength. Strong and clean pigment. Cadmium-based pigments are permanent lightfast and brilliant. Cadmium Yellow was discovered by German chemist Friedrich Stromeyer in 1817 and was popular in the UK in the latter half of the 19th century. Mondrian often used cadmium yellow and cadmium red in his limited palette which also included flake white, ivory black and French ultramarine. Before cadmium yellow, artists used orpiment – a rich, deep yellow from the mineral orpiment. Its name is from the Latin auripigmentum (aurum “gold”, pigmentum “pigment”). Orpiment was popular with Renaissance painters including Titian. Unfortunately it was an arsenic sulfide compound and toxic. Cadmium Yellow was the replacement for orpiment.
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