Flemish White Oil Paint

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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. Learn more.

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

In his Field's Chromatography of 1869, Thomas Salter 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." Before 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 a mixture of pigments consisting of lead sulfate, lead white (basic lead carbonate)) and magnesia (magnesium carbonate). Instead 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 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, Synthetic

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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Health Hazard

Signal Word: Danger

Hazard Designation

H302 Harmful if swallowed.

H332 Harmful if inhaled.

H360 May damage fertility or the unborn child.

H373 May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.

H410 Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.

Safety Designation

P260 Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray.

P261 Avoid breathing dust/ fume/ gas/ mist/ vapors/ spray.

P280 Wear protective gloves/ clothing/ eye/ face protection.

P281 Use personal protective equipment as required.

P405 Store locked up.

P501 Dispose of contents/ container according to regional, national and international regulations.

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