Green Grey | Matisse acrylic paint

    Chemical Description: Blend Titanium dioxide, chlorinated copper phthalocyanine & Iron oxide black

    Pigment Numbers: PW6 PBk11 PG7

    Lightfastness Rating: ASTM I

    Pigment Opacity: Opaque

    Paint Opacity: Opaque

    Series 2

    Green Grey | Matisse acrylic paint

    Historical Roots: Davy's Influence


    Green Grey (Antique) emerges as a soft gray hue reminiscent of the classic Davy’s Grey but with improved texture and strength. Neutral colours, prevalent in nature, form a cornerstone for artists. While these tones can be crafted from brighter colours, the convenience of readily available standard gray tube colours, like Green Grey (Antique) and Payne’s Grey, has made them staples for over 150 years. Henry Davy, an artist with a penchant for depicting romantic stone ruins in southern England, gave rise to Davy's Grey. This pigment, a blend of ground slate, Yellow Ochre, and Black, aimed to capture the greenish essence of stone ruins. Although popular among landscape artists, the gritty nature of the colour overshadowed Davy's humble artworks. Despite evolving artistic preferences, the enduring utility of greenish grays in landscape painting persists.


    Modern Innovation: Green Grey (Antique)


    Green Grey (Antique) stands as a contemporary blend, devoid of the drawbacks of its predecessor. Retaining the desirable slightly greenish tint, it comprises white, Phthalo Green, and black, ensuring permanence. Beyond serving as a landscape gray, it acts as a foundational shade for diverse colour mixes. Blending with Australian Ghost Gum or Unbleached Titanium yields soft and gentle grays. Mixing with Ash Pink produces a warm grey, while Australian Sky Blue results in a cooler, bluish hue.


    Subtle Elegance: Colour Blends


    The palette of colours derived from Green Grey (Antique) tends towards subtlety and softness. Combining it with Dioxazine Purple results in a lovely soft violet, while blending with Ultramarine Blue creates a delightful greyish blue, pleasing to the eye. Given the prevalence of greyish greens in the Australian bush, Green Grey shines in crafting these nuanced shades. Partnering with Chromium Oxide Green initiates a palette for soft warm olive greens, and when mixed with Australian Yellow Green, it unveils a spectrum of soft and warm olive greens.


    Enduring Legacy: Davy's Vision


    Henry Davy's artistic dreams of capturing old ruins may have evolved, but the legacy of Green Grey (Antique) persists as a cherished colour. Its continued value in the artistic realm attests to the enduring success of Davy's early experiments in creating a colour that transcends time.

    Safety Data Sheet for Matisse Green Grey (SDS)

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    Green Grey is available in Matisse Structure, Matisse Flow

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