Yellow Light Hansa | Matisse Acrylic Paint

Chemical Description: Arylide yellow

Pigment Number: PY3

Lightfastness Rating: ASTM II

Pigment Opacity: Transparent

Paint Opacity: Transparent

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Yellow Light Hansa | Matisse Acrylic Paint 

Historical Struggle for Transparency


For centuries, artists grappled with the absence of reliable transparent light yellow colours. Various concoctions derived from berries and plant-based sources emerged, but they all shared a fatal flaw – rapid fading within a few short years. Despite the frustration, the inherent usefulness of the colour fuelled the quest for a lasting solution.


The Dawn of Hansa Yellow: A Technological Triumph


In 1911, German chemists achieved a breakthrough with the development of a bright lemon yellow arylide lake pigment, now known as Hansa Yellow. The name "Hansa" draws from a medieval term associated with a trade group, the Hanseatic League. This nomenclature aimed to establish the colour's credibility as a reliable industrial product, setting it apart from the plethora of poor-quality colours emerging from laboratories at the time. Originally intended for the printing industry as an ink, artists' paint manufacturers swiftly recognized its potential and incorporated it into their products. Hansa Yellow stands as a pioneer among high-performance organic pigments, laying the foundation for the diverse array of high-lightfastness reds and yellows utilized by artists today. As the earliest among the organic pigments still prevalent in professional artists' paints, it holds a venerable status as the grandparent of them all.


Yellow Light Hansa: A Radiant Legacy


Yellow Light Hansa emerges as a bright, cool, transparent, and clean yellow. Its excellence lies in its capacity to blend into brilliant light yellowish greens, making it an ideal choice for artists seeking vibrancy in their palettes. The transparency of this hue facilitates versatile techniques, including glazing and watercolour-like effects. Additionally, its cost-effectiveness relative to other yellows positions it as a valuable ally for artists navigating budget constraints. In the spectrum of artistic evolution, Yellow Light Hansa shines as a testament to the triumph of science meeting the timeless needs of artistic expression.

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Yellow Light Hansa is available in Matisse Structure, Matisse Flow, Matisse Fluid

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