KT 11.114 Venetian red

Mankind’s first red, a deep red ochre of volcanic origin.

Referenz - Natural Venetian red

Farbfunktion - materialization

Wirksamkeit - good under all lighting conditions

This is the purest red that can be obtained from natural earth pigments. The pigment arises when yellow iron oxides convert to red ones in the sulfurous heat of volcanic fires. This particular shade was on every artist’s palette before industrialization, only to be replaced by synthetic iron oxides later on. The latter look dull and heavy by comparison, and great colorists – such as Luis Barragán, Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius – continued to give preference to the natural pigment. Paints made with it lend white walls and entire rooms a warm, Mediterranean flair.

Katrin Trautwein, 225 Colors, 2020 ©Birkhäuser Publishers, Basel


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