Magenta (Quin Violet )| Matisse acrylic paint

      Chemical Description: Quinacridone

      Pigment Number: PR122

      Lightfastness Rating: ASTM I

      Pigment Opacity: Transparent

      Paint Opacity: Transparent

      Series 3

      Magenta (Quin Violet ) | Matisse acrylic paint

      Fundamentals of Pigment Chemistry


      In the Matisse range, Magenta (Quin Violet) stands out among several quinacridone reds, distinguished by its pigment, Pigment Red 122. The uniqueness of this true magenta violet is a result of the fundamental chemistry embedded in the pigment. Synthesized in 1958, the initial alpha form of the molecule proved unstable, leading to disappointment. However, persistent exploration yielded the beta and gamma forms, showcasing stunning violet and red hues, along with exceptional resistance to light, weathering, and chemicals. These forms were registered as Pigment Violet 19 and Pigment Red 122, respectively, opening avenues for further crystalline structures and variations within the quinacridone family.


      Evolution of Quinacridones


      Over time, chemists harnessed the potential to produce up to 7 different crystalline structures, expanding the quinacridone family. Today, it encompasses gold and dark orange variants, marked by pigment designations like PO48, PO49, PR206, and PR209. Matisse's Magenta (Quin Violet) stands as a pioneer, introduced in 1958, among the first acrylic paints available to artists.


      Acrylics: A Medium of Innovation


      The advent of acrylics in 1956 marked not just a new artistic medium but an experimental frontier at the intersection of technology and art. Pioneered by avant-garde artists like Jackson Pollock, acrylics offered a canvas for experimentation and new modes of expression. Artists seeking fresh colours found acrylics receptive to innovation, making them a testing ground for new pigments before their integration into traditional media.


      Magenta's Artistic Revelation


      Magenta (Quin Violet) emerged during the early days of quinacridone pigments, presenting artists with a colour unparalleled in permanence. In a market where similar-looking fugitive colours existed, Magenta (Quin Violet) became a revelation. Its permanence opened doors to unprecedented colour mixing possibilities. Combining seamlessly with blues, it crafted vibrant violets and purples, allowing artists to capture the extraordinary hues seen in bird feathers and butterflies.


      Artistic Techniques and Tips


      An artistic tip involves experimenting with mixes of Magenta (Quin Violet) with Iridescent White or Matisse Iridescent Medium MM24. When applied over a straight colour, especially black, it creates a shimmery effect that adds depth and allure. Beyond its experimental side, Magenta (Quin Violet) plays a conventional yet crucial role. Blending it with earth colours imparts warm, transparent undertones, elevating otherwise dull passages. Its transparency lends itself to glazing techniques, enabling artists to recreate the vibrant colours of everyday objects, from textiles and toys to cars and wall colours—hues not found in nature but essential for portraying the diverse world of man-made creations.

      Safety Data Sheet for Matisse Magenta (SDS)

      To view or download a copy of Magenta SDS, please  CLICK HERE * (271kb)  
      *The above link will open an external Dropbox window 

      Magenta (Quin Violet ) is available in Matisse Structure, Matisse Flow, Matisse Fluid  

      To install this Web App in your iPhone/iPad press and then Add to Home Screen.