Chrome Ocher Oil Paint

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Rublev Colours Chrome Ocher Aritst Oil is a mixed hue of yellow ocher and chrome yellow that was introduced in the late nineteenth century. In his book, Paint Making and Color Grinding, Uebele describes this color as a mixture of yellow ocher and chrome yellow, similar to the light shade of gold ocher.


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Chrome Ocher is a mixed hue of yellow ocher and chrome yellow that was introduced in the late nineteenth century. In his book, Paint Making and Color Grinding, Uebele describes this color as a mixture of yellow ocher and chrome yellow, similar to the light shade of gold ocher:

Chrome ocher, when expected strictly pure in oil, is only another name for golden ocher, and our formula for light shade will answer here, because it should be made only by adding neutral lead chromate, not the basic chromate of lead to ocher. When bought in quantity chrome ochers are not expected to be pure ocher and chrome yellow, but a sort of golden ocher with a marigold tint. (Uebele, 244)

He goes on to describe how to make the ‘marigold’* tint of chrome ocher ‘by mixing 17 parts J. L. C. E. S. ocher, 3 parts medium chrome yellow, 1 part Venetian red, 12 parts whiting, 50 parts floated barytes, and 17 parts raw linseed oil, for each 100 parts of medium soft paste.’ (Uebele, 244)

* Marigold is a yellow-orange color named after the flower of the same name.

For more information about historical mixed hues, please Hues Or Mixed Colors Of Historical Origin.

Composition and Permanence

Chrome Ocher
Color: Chrome Ocher
Pigment: Mixed pigment (See "Pigment Information" below)
Binder: Linseed oil
Additive(s): None
Pigment 1 Information
Pigment: Yellow ocher
Pigment Classification: Natural inorganic
Colour Index: Pigment Yellow 43
Chemical Name: Iron oxide hydroxide
Chemical Formula: α-FeOOH
CAS No. 1310-14-1
Pigment 2 Information
Pigment: Chrome yellow primrose
Pigment Classification: Synthetic inorganic
Colour Index: Pigment Yellow 34
Chemical Name: Lead chromate/lead sulfate
Chemical Formula: PbCrO4 • PbSO4
CAS No. 1344-37-2
Code: 325
Series: 5
Opacity: Opaque
Tinting Strength: Medium
Drying Rate: Medium
ASTM Lightfastness: Not Listed
Permanence: A - Permanent
Safety Information: DANGER! CONTAINS LEAD. HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED. Avoid ingestion and skin contact. Wear protective clothing and gloves to prevent contact with the skin. Never use near children or pets. Conforms to ASTM D 4236.

Must be used exclusively as material for the purposes of arts, crafts or hobbies, not for use by children. Utiliser uniquement aux fins suivantes comme matériaux pour les besoins d'art, d'artisanat ou passe-temps, pas pour une utilisation par les enfants.

Protect yourself against the chronic hazards of this and other chemical products by keeping them out of your body. Do this by avoiding ingestion, excessive skin contact, and inhaling spraying mists, sanding dust, and vapors from heating.

For a detailed explanation of the terms in the table above, please visit Composition and Permanence.


Some separation of pigment and oil may occur in Rublev Colours Artist Oils and is a natural process when no wax or stabilizers are added to paint to prevent this from occurring.

All images of color swatches on this website are only approximations of the actual color of the oil paint. We have carefully matched the color in these pictures on calibrated color monitors to the actual color. However, your results may vary because of the wide variance in color monitors.

Color Swatch Note: The color swatch was created with a thick application (left side) of color and a tint (right side) made with equal parts of color and titanium white and applied on acrylic primed cotton canvas.

Drawdown Note: The image of the "drawdown" contains a pre-mixed paint film of 6 mils (0.006 inches) thickness applied to a standard test card to examine color consistency, opacity, and other qualities. The drawdowns show the full-color strength (mass tone) on the left and mixed in a 1:2 ratio with titanium white on the right. The bottom area of the drawdowns is scraped to show undertones.

More Information
BrandRublev Colours
VendorRublev Colours
Processing TimeUsually ships the next business day.
Pigment TypeInorganic, Historical, Synthetic

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