Aureolin yellow | Matisse acrylic paint

Chemical Description: Potassium cobalt nitrite
Pigment Number: PY40Lightfastness 
Rating: BWS8Pigment

Opacity: Semi-Transparent
Paint Opacity: Transparent
Series 7

Aureolin Yellow | Matisse Acrylic Paint

Discovery and Delay: A Colourful Tale


The introduction of Aureolin Yellow to the Matisse range sparked my enthusiasm. Despite its unassuming appearance, this extraordinary yellow remained hidden in the shadows for over 20 years after its discovery in 1830, languishing on the laboratory shelf until someone finally recognized its potential as an artist's colour. Watercolourists swiftly embraced its charms, discovering a unique secret as soon as water was introduced. The initially dull leathery yellow mass-tone transformed when diluted, unveiling a vibrant under-tone. This distinctive quality of Aureolin adds a layer of complexity, making it almost like two colours in one.


Watercolour's Revelation: The Delightful Secret


Aureolin's allure lies in its response to water – a revelation for watercolour artists. The diluted wash not only reveals a bright, clean under-tone but also showcases the pigment's versatility. While watercolourists focus on the under-tone, acrylic painters can explore the interplay between mass-tone (the full-strength surface colour) and under-tone for captivating effects. Describing Aureolin becomes a nuanced task due to this dual nature, yet some key aspects stand out.


Chemical Composition: Cobalt Elegance


Chemically, Aureolin is a cobalt compound, positioning it as a colour with commendable lightfastness, although not matching the durability of Cobalt Blue. The clean and transparent undertone distinguishes Aureolin, setting it apart among mineral colours. This unique attribute makes it particularly well-suited for glazing techniques, adding depth and luminosity to artistic compositions.


Budgeting for Brilliance: Worth the Investment


The drawback of being among the more expensive pigments is outweighed by Aureolin's unparalleled qualities. Sometimes, a colour's exceptional attributes make it worth the additional investment. Aureolin Yellow stands as a testament to the notion that certain pigments are irreplaceable, justifying the few extra dollars for the authentic experience.


In the realm of pigments, Aureolin Yellow stands as a gem, revealing its true brilliance when explored with an artist's discerning eye.

Safety Data Sheet for Matisse Aureolin Yellow (SDS)

To view or download a copy of Aureolin Yellow SDS, please  CLICK HERE * (271kb)  
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Aureolin Yellow is available in Matisse Structure, Matisse Flow. 

STRUCTURE •  75ml • 250ml • 500ml • 1Ltr • 4Ltr
FLOW • 75ml • 500ml • 1Ltr • 4Ltr

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