Gamblin 1980 Oil Colors are made with the same dedication and pure pigments that go into Artist’s Oils. To reduce the cost of oil colors, some manufacturers use gels and wax to stiffen colors and replace traditional pigments with less expensive ones.1980 colors are formulated with pure pigments, the finest refined linseed oil, and marble dust (calcium carbonate). More affordable colors have been made with these three ingredients since oil painting began. With 1980 colors, artists experience true colors, without homogenized texture or muddy color mixtures.
Alizarin Crimson: Cool, slightly bluish red with smoky glaze. 19th century “lake” color made by the fusing a dye on to a substrate. Only Alizarin Crimson is still commonly used by painters today.