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Newsletter 07-2017

40 years

Kremer Pigmente

Vermilion, Smalt, Lapis Lazuli, Bone Black and Madder Lake – are just some examples of rare pigments of which the ancient production procedures have seemed to be forgotten for centuries. However one company brought these pigments back to life and made them available again. Since 1977 Kremer Pigmente has provided products for preservation, restauration and art worldwide.

In the course of the industrialization and the two world wars the traditional craft of paint manufacturing disappeared. The color industry of the 1930ies focused on pigments and paints for technical use only and mainly aimed for mass production. Until today the paint manufacturing industry tries to produce very consistent color shades. These uniform hues highlight the main difference between synthetic pigments and natural pigments. The appearance of minerals changes constantly depending on their various points of origin. Crystals of natural pigments reflect light very strongly which enhances their brilliancy significantly. The tradition of self-made paint from pigments and binder is still being practiced all over the world due to these unique features. “Pigments and paints do not only consist of their materials and the way they are produced. Much more can be discovered with a glimpse behind the scenes. The historical values play a crucial role” explains Dr. Georg Kremer, the founder of Kremer Pigmente.
 

Company history

In 1970 the graduate chemist Dr. Georg Kremer received a request from a befriended English restorer. He is in search of “Smalt”, an intense blue shade made of cobalt-containing glass, which is not available anymore at that time. The pigment had already been used by the old Egyptians and experienced a renaissance in the Baroque. After extensive research, Georg Kremer was able to reproduce the recipe for the historic blue glass. These works formed the basis of the foundation of Georg Kremer’s one-man company in 1977 in Rottenburg am Neckar. Until today ongoing research and the production of old and forgotten pigments allow Dr. Kremer to combine his chemical knowledge with his passion for history.
Back then the product range covered more than 100 pigments after two years already. Growing international demand enables the niche company to expand steadily. In 1984 the company founder purchased an old flour mill in Aichstetten in the Allgäu. The building was converted into a Color-Mill, where the production, the warehouse, sales and a showroom are located. Additional branches are established in 1982 in Munich and in 1985 in Stuttgart. With the foundation of Kremer Pigments Inc. in 1989 in New York the family run business strengthens its international presence and opens up the American market for pigments for artists and restorers.



Product range
Today the company produces 250 of its 1500 pigments in the color mill. Due to highest quality and purity standards Kremer Pigmente has become the world market leader in the field of historic pigments.


„Our research surrounding old recipes of traditional paint making bring back to light many long-forgotten colors. In addition, we experiment with many different materials such as stones, bones or roots which allows us to create knew, unknown shades and variations of hues, “says David Kremer, managing the company as CEO in the second generation of the family. Besides the handmade historic pigment range, Kremer Pigmente also distributes modern, synthetic pigments.



Historic and modern binders, glues and various media are essential tools for restorers. The wide choice of fillers give the possibility to change a color’s transparency and surface properties. Ready-to-use colors such as pastes, oil colors, retouching colors or watercolors are all handmade and produced according to old recipes. Natural dyes, modern synthetic pigments, solvents, chemicals, additives as well as tools, brushes and technical literature round off the assortment.

 

New Courses

The knowledge of pigments, of their use and application is a foundation of painting and restoration.

In our courses the experienced teachers will show you a wide range of pigments and binders and you have the opportunity to work with selected materials according to historic recipes. The teaching language is German.

12.10.2017: Ölfarbe
Eigenschaften, Herstellung und Verwendung



20.10.2017: Moderne Blattvergoldung

Ein Workshop mit Vergoldermeister Dietmar E. Feldmann.

 

Kremer Oil Paints

Our Kremer-made Oil Paints are highly appreciated by many of our customers. They are produced on a small roller mill according to tradional recipes.



Kremer Oil Paints in tubes can be found at: Ready-made Colors / Kremer Oil Colors

#407007 Burnt Umber Reddish in Linseed Oil
Umber shades are characterised by their low red shade compared to common iron oxide pigments. Available in 250 ml and 1 l.



#417007 Verona Green Earth in Linseed Oil
Verona Green Earth has a significant red cast towards olive with a very intense color. Available in 250 ml and 1 l.



#4632071 Zinc White in Linseed Oil
Ready to use. With siccative. Pure Zinc White has an interesting characteristic, which make it essential for some purposes: In thin layers the pigment has half glazing characteristics. Available in 250 ml, 1 l and 5 l.



#4620071 Titanium White Rutile in Linseed Oil
Ready to use. With siccative. Titanium White Rutile is non-toxic, weather and heat resistant. It is the white pigment with the highest opacity and since the 20s. Available in 1 l.

 

Mondomusica

29. September – 01. October 2017, Cremona, Italy
International Exhibition of Handcrafted Musical Instruments.

We look forward meeting you in hall 2.

 

Pigments

Blue: Smalt, Egyptian Blue, HAN-Blue, Blue Bice, Azurite, Lapis Lazuli, Indigo, Ultramarine or Cobalt Blue.
Here you can find our blue pigments!



Yellow: Lead Tin Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Stil de Grain, Bristol Yellow, Naples Yellow, Bismuth-Vanadate Yellow, Irgazine Yellow, Brilliant Yellow or Studio Yellow.
Here you can find our yellow pigments!



Red: Cinnabar, Pinkcolor, Cadmium Red, Crimson, Hostaperm, Permanent Red, CPT-Red, Scarlet Red or Red Jasper.
Here you can find our red pigments!