Titanium white

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History of Titanium white:

Titanium White is truly the white of the 20th century. The titanium pigment, titanium dioxide was discovered in 1821 but it was not until 1921 that a titanium white oil color suitable for artistic purposes was introduced by an American manufacturer.

In 1916, the Titanium Pigment Corporation of Niagara Falls, New York and the Titan Co. AS, of Norway simultaneously began commercial production of this new white pigment. Then, the principal white pigments used in paints were white lead, zinc white and lithopone.
These are workers at the Titan Company, early 20th century.
Today, titanium dioxide is the world's primary pigment for providing whiteness, brightness and opacity. This factory in Fredrikstad, Norway belongs to the Kronos company.

When was Titanium white used?

Discovery Used until
1921 continues in use