Van Dyke brown

/ van dike   braoon /

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History of Van Dyke brown:

Positively identified in paintings since 17th century. Originally obtained from the Cologne and Kassel regions of Germany, and later obtained elsewhere, the pigment from each locality can vary slightly in color and composition, leading to confusion in the precise qualities of this color.

It is suggested that the brown 'lignite' colours came into use in the late XVII and XVIII Century when brown backgrounds and dark decor became popular in Europe. Extensively used in the 19th Century in both oils and water colour. Partially transparent in oil and as a result, has been used for staining woods and glazing in pictures.

When was Van Dyke brown used?

Discovery Used until
17th century continues in use
Other browns
(intro) - Umber - Van Dyke brown