Cadmium Orange | Matisse acrylic paint

        Chemical Description: Cadmium sulphoselenide

        Pigment Number: PO20

        Lightfastness Rating: ASTM I

        Pigment Opacity: Opaque Paint

        Opacity: Opaque

        Series 4

        Cadmium Orange | Matisse acrylic paint

        Historical Roots and Development


        Cadmium Orange, a hue beloved by many artists for its pure and clean orange tone, has a fascinating history. While Cadmium Yellow emerged in 1817, it took several decades for the orange and red variants to be developed. Commercial introduction only occurred post-World War I. The unique composition of Cadmium Orange involves replacing sulphur with selenium, resulting in cadmium selenide. Notably, this pigment contains a higher proportion of sulphide to selenide, contributing to its beautiful and warm orange colour.


        Colour Dynamics and Uniqueness


        Artists appreciate Cadmium Orange for its excellent covering power and lightfastness when utilized in acrylic. The richness and warmth of this colour are unmatched, challenging the notion that an equally vibrant orange can be achieved through mixing. Even combining Cadmium Yellow and Cadmium Red results in a noticeably duller orange compared to the vivid Cadmium Orange pigment. Understanding the complementary nature of orange and blue opens up possibilities for creating a spectrum of neutrals. The specific combination of Cadmium Orange with blues like Cerulean, Ultramarine, or Cobalt produces a diverse range of neutral tones. The mixture with Cerulean Blue yields soft and beautiful neutrals, while the combination with darker blues introduces a mysterious quality.


        Chromatic Relationships: The Dance of Colours


        Cadmium Orange, in its pure form or blended with blues, showcases a captivating spectrum. The interplay between Cadmium Orange and Cerulean Blue, for instance, transitions from the heat of a naked flame to the soft, natural greys reminiscent of ashes and charred wood. This versatility allows artists to navigate a dynamic range of hues, offering both intensity and subtlety. Cadmium Orange stands as a testament to the intricate relationships within the colour palette, inviting exploration and creative expression. 

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        Safety Data Sheet for Matisse Cadmium Orange (SDS)

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

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

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