Purple Ocher Oil Paint

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A bluish red with average tinting strength, semi-opaque, fine-grained, goes on smoothly and brushes 'long' in the direction of the brush stroke. Learn more.

Rublev Colours Purple Ocher is manufactured from iron oxide earth deposits containing augite porphyry in the Lori province of Armenia.

Purple Ocher harmonizes perfectly with other earth colors and is impossible to reproduce by mixing colors. Purple Ocher has a deep red masstone and subdued purple tints that are workable paste color ground in linseed oil with a moderate to low oil content and long, slightly thixotropic body. Being an iron oxide, it is lightfast and is compatible with almost all other pigments on the palette.

Rublev Colours Purple Ocher mixed with black or blue furnish grays and chocolates and is most invaluable in neutralizing greens. We believe it will make an excellent addition to any palette and become a primary color in creating cool tints in flesh tones and landscapes.

Composition and Permanence

Purple Ocher
Binder:Linseed oil
Pigment Information
Pigment:Armenian Purple Ocher
Pigment Classification:Natural inorganic
Colour Index:Pigment Red 102 (77491)
Chemical Name:Natural Iron Oxide
Chemical Formula:Fe2O3
CAS No.1309-37-1
Tinting Strength:Average
Drying Rate:Medium
ASTM Lightfastness:I
Permanence:A - Permanent
Safety Information:No acute or known chronic health hazards are associated with this product's anticipated use (most chemicals are not thoroughly tested for chronic toxicity). Protect yourself against potentially unknown 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. Conforms to ASTM D-4236

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, Earth, Natural

Health and Safety

There are no acute or known chronic health hazards with the anticipated use of this product. Protect yourself against potentially known hazards by keeping it out of your body. Do this by avoiding ingestion, excessive skin contact and inhalation of dusts. Conforms to ASTM D4236.

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