Flemish White 50ml

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Rublev Colours Flemish White is an opaque white pigment mixture based primarily on lead sulfate ground in linseed oil. This warm white is opaque, but not to the same degree as titanium white, so it won't kill colors in mixtures with it. 50 ml (1.69 fl oz)


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Flemish White has a creamy, long consistency that makes it excellent in pure highlights composed primarily of lead sulfate.

Thomas Salter in his Field's Chromatography of 1869 identified Flemish white as lead sulfate (page 67). In Practical Treatise on Painting in Oil-Colours of 1795, "white precipitate of lead," which was sulfate of lead, was sold under the name "Flemish white." Prior to the nineteenth century, Flemish white was lead white made in Flanders. After that time it was a precipitated lead sulfate, which derives from basic lead sulfate. We recreated Flemish White of the nineteenth century, which was actually a mixture of pigments consisting of lead sulfate, lead white (basic lead carbonate)) and magnesia (magnesium carbonate). In place of magnesium carbonate we substituted talc (magnesium silicate) because it has much less water sensitivity than magnesia.

Composition and Permanence

Flemish White
Color: White
Pigment: Mixed pigment (See "Pigment Information" below)
Binder: Linseed Oil
Additive(s): None
Pigment 1 Information
Pigment: Lead Sulfate
Pigment Classification: Synthetic inorganic
Colour Index: Pigment White 2 (77633)
Chemical Name: Tribasic lead sulfate (lead (II) sulfate)
Chemical Formula: 3PbO·PbSO4
CAS No. 12202-17-4
Pigment 2 Information
Pigment: Lead White
Pigment Classification: Synthetic inorganic
Colour Index: Pigment White 1 (77597)
Chemical Name: Basic lead carbonate
Chemical Formula: 2PbCO3.Pb(OH)2
CAS No. 1319-46-6
Pigment 3 Information
Pigment: Talc
Pigment Classification: Natural inorganic
Colour Index: Pigment White 26
Chemical Name: Magnesium silicate
Chemical Formula: Mg2[Si4O10][OH]2
CAS No. 14807-96-6
Code: 811
Series: 4
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 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.

Always protect yourself against chronic hazards of this and other chemical products by keeping them out of your body. Do this by avoiding ingestion, excessive skin contact, and inhalation of spraying mists, sanding dusts 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 taken every care to match the color in these pictures on calibrated color monitors to the actual color. However, because of the wide variance in color monitors, the results you get may vary.

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 mil (0.006 inch) thickness applied to a standard test card for the purposes of examining color consistency, opacity, and other qualities. The drawdowns show the color full 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.
Size50 ml tube

California Proposition 65: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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