Chrome Orange: Lead, Chromium-Based Pigment?

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“Chrome Orange” is a lead, chromium-based pigment that was introduced in 1809. The color can range from light to deep orange, and was only recently ceased in world production. This was the first real orange pigment since the medieval use of “Realgar”. “Chrome Orange” is depicted in the painting above on the boats. Pigments are ground colored materials that are the basis of all paints. They have been used for millennia and started off as earth or clay mixed with fat, egg, oil or spit. More pigments in time were discovered, and created the ability to make complex images. In modern society pigments are often their own masterpieces of chemical engineering. This binder includes the most important pigments

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