Experience the enduring qualities of the Masters' Paints...
Historically inspired lead white has been painstakingly researched to match the consistencies of traditional oil paints using carefully selected materials. Utrecht's Flemish White offers the genuine experience of paint hand-made according to the best documentation of Dutch Golden Age art materials.
Lead Carbonate offers excellent optical, handling and drying properties favored by artists for centuries. Lead white enhances permanence in paint films; its low oil content makes it ideal for underpainting. Although some brands have used other pigments (lead sulfate, lead/zinc blends) in creating their "Flemish White" colors, Utrecht's research and development team chose Lead Carbonate as the pigment for their Flemish White because of its exceptional versatility, consistency and proven long-term performance.
Dispersing white pigments in more neutral-colored oils is known to have been a common practice in many of the Northern schools during the 17th century. The treatise of William Beurs instructs that white pigments should be ground in the "very best poppy oil"; many other documents of the period similarly recommend oils other than linseed for brilliant, silvery whites. Our expert team choose to use safflower oil because of its neutral color and excellent performance in oil paints. Safflower is light in color with drying properties similar to poppy oil, yet remains flexible.
Utrecht's Flemish White oil paint is hand mulled in small batches, not mechanically milled. This painstaking method is labor-intensive, requires a high degree of skill yet is worth it as it gives you unique consistencies that can not be achieved any other way.
The Finished Product
Utrecht Flemish White is ropy in consistency and will facilitate thick impasto consistent with traditional Dutch and Flemish techniques where heavy paint is used to communicate light, both for direct techniques and where a heavy underpainting will be covered with subsequent transparent layers.
- Flemish White
- Series: #5
- Lightfastness Rating: 1
- Opacity: Semi-Transparent
- Pigment Type: Synthetic Inorganic
- Color Index Name: PW 1
- Vehicle: Safflower Oil
Decades of Art Supply Excellence
Utrecht has crafted professional oil colors in the USA since 1960. Utrecht Artist's Oil Colors are the trusted choice of professionals around the world. We use only the highest quality raw materials and no fillers to produce a paint featuring:
- brilliant color
- rich texture
- outstanding lightfastness
- excellent working properties and durability
Mill Direct Value
Although many artists are surprised by our affordable prices, Utrecht Artist's oil paint colors are comparable in quality to the best national oil color brands. Side-by-side comparisons prove Utrecht equals or exceeds leading brands in tint strength, covering power, handling and permanence.
CA PROP 65 WARNING! This product contains lead which is a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
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