Responding to artists wanting to know why this color can’t simply be harvested from the landscape and put in a tube, Matisse developed this mixture and artists tested it until they were happy that it was just right. It is a very light orange with a pastel softness, opaque and well suited to the needs of the landscape painter. It is interesting to note, however, that artists are creative and imaginative, and since its release this color has proved popular for many techniques far removed from the landscape. It is the sort of color that the Fauves might have used because it has a boldness to it but on the other hand it has a softness to it that would have easily found a home in one of Picasso’s Rose Period paintings.
Chemical Description: Quinacridone, Arylide yellow, Titanium dioxide
Pigment Numbers: PV19 PY74 PW6
Lightfastness Rating: ASTM I
Pigment Opacity : Semi-Transparent
Paint Opacity: Opaque