Volkonskoite pigments

Volkonskoite pigments

volkonskoite.pngVolkonskoite, Ruusian Green

Volkonskoite, often referred to as the "green stone," is a unique natural pigment that finds application in icon painting (egg tempera), oil painting, and watercolor painting without requiring additional grinding. This remarkable mineral is exclusively found in Russia, making it quite rare.

Its formation is a result of a lengthy process under special geochemical conditions, involving the interaction of chromium-rich water with organic matter. Volkonskoite's green hue has made it a favorite among artists throughout history, including renowned figures like Picasso, who admired its beautiful color and unique characteristics. Picasso was known to be a frequent purchaser of Volkonskoite from the Soviet Union and even used it in his famous painting "Beggar Boy," displayed at the State Pushkin Museum.

Comprising clay rich in dichromic Cr2O3 (30%), Volkonskoite was traditionally combined with quartz to facilitate ease of use, although modern production methods have eliminated this step, resulting in a pigment stronger in color. In the past, maintaining the green color in paintings over time was a challenge for artists, but Volkonskoite proved to be a solution. Its color remains stable and unaffected by external factors, making it invaluable for restoration works, icon painting, enamel making, and ceramic production.

Volkonskoite exhibits remarkable stability and compatibility with other pigments and binders, making it a versatile choice for various artistic and restoration endeavors.

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