Better Know the Historic Palette: What’s the Matter with Madder?

by Matthew Innis |

  In examining the working methods and materials of oil painters of the past, a pigment which frequently appears on the palettes of these artists is an ancient color called madder lake. It is a historically important pigment, and artists such as Bouguereau, Hals, Carolus-Duran, Alma-Tadema, Bonnat, David, Gérôme, Ingres, Millet, and Dagnan-Bouveret are just…

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