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Newsletter 01-2020

Kremer Pigmente


For a long time the recipe for Chinese blue of the HAN time was a mystery. Today we are able to offer this slightly reddish blue barium copper frit.

Chinese-blue or magenta are full-synthetic pigments - they were created about 2600 years ago by early experiments of Chinese chemists. The chemical composition of Chinese-blue is BaCuSi4O10 and Chinese magenta BaCuSi2O6. Both of them are barium copper silicates, made from a barium mineral (for example barytes), a copper mineral (for example malachite or azurite) and sand (quartz) at about 1000°C.

Investigations showed that Chinese magenta contains a copper-copper connection. Chemical bonds between metals are, except in metals themselves, a chemical peculiarity, and for today's experts it is kind of a sensation, that the early Chinese chemists could already produce this bond in Chinese magenta.

Probably the recipes of Chinese blue and Chinese magenta are based on Egyptian-blue (CaCuSi4O10), a man made pigment too, invented by the Egyptians 5000 years ago, obviously due to the lack of stable natural blue pigments.

#10071 HAN-Blue, fine
#10072 HAN-Blue, deep
#10074 HAN-Purple, fine
#10075 HAN-Purple, deep


Quinacridone Pink, transparent

particularly bright magenta, Pigment Red 122, C.I. 73915

Quinacridone Pink is a highly transparent, pure, bluish version of Pigment Red 122. It has very good flocculation stability, flowability and gloss in most paint binders. For this reason, the pigment is particularly suitable for glazing color applications, e.g. in watercolor.

The very fine pigment has high coloring power and color brilliance. It comes closest to the primary color "magenta" and therefore works very well for blends with blue or yellow pigments. Like all synthetic organic pigments, this PR 122 can be ground well in oil, but should be processed with a quick-drying oil. When processing into watercolor, gouache, acrylic paint or tempera, a wetting agent may be necessary. It is advisable to grind the pigment carefully so that it can develop its full luminosity.

Available with order number #23401



Silicate fixative based on acrylic

Sicry - Fixative is a newly developed product which will replace the discontinued silicate chalk UNIFIX. The acrylic-based fixative is suitable for fixing silicate chalk, as well as powdery layers of paint on mineral-based substrates such as plasters and fillers, mixed substrates and corresponding paints.

Available with order number #881602


XIRALLIC® NXT M260-70 SW Amur Black

5 - 30 µ

XIRALLIC® NXT M260-70 SW Amur Black is the first deep black pearlescent pigment with a high gloss. A slight admixture of, for example, Dioxazine Violet (#23451) or Phthalo Blue (#23050) deepens the blackness while maintaining sparkle. The effect can also be achieved with up to 15% Furnace Black (#47250).

Available with order number #50095


Kremer Pigmente at international fairs


25. - 28. January 2020
in Frankfurt, Germany

International Trade Fair for Hobby, Arts and Crafts Supplies.


12. - 15- February 2020
in Chicago, USA

Advancing Art & Design


13. - 16. February 2020
in Karlsruhe, Germany

Classic Modern and Contemporary Art


05. - 07. March 2020
in Salzburg, Austria

International trade fair for Cultural Heritage and Preservation of Monuments.


A Brief History of Georg Kremer’s Quiet Revolution in Color

By Rebecca Bengal
Article in Ursula: Issue 5, 27.11.2019

Especially in his later years, Whitten experimented assiduously with pigments he bought from a man named Georg Kremer, whose small storefront has been supplying painters with raw materials for almost 30 years, coming to function as a secret shaper of the ethos of significant swaths of New York painting during that time.

Read the article.