Violet Hematite Oil Paint

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Bluish red with above average tinting strength. It is opaque, fine-grained, goes on smoothly and brushes 'long' in the direction of the brush stroke. Learn more.

Rublev Colours Violet Hematite is a deep reddish purple hue that tints toward subtle violets when mixed with white. It is useful in flesh tints shadows and its purple bias makes good grays. Rublev Colours Violet Hematite is formulated using pure natural ground hematite (Colour Index Name Pigment Red 102) that is absolutely permanent and very opaque. This beautiful earthy red violet is cooler than other red iron oxide earths, such as Venetian red or Sartorius red.

Every pigment can yield two distinct hues, whether painted transparently or solidly mixed with white. The effect of using Violet Hematite painted thinly transparent and in solid color extends the range of hues accessible with it. Try rubbing a little Violet Hematite on a white surface, mixed with oil or a painting medium sufficiently thinned to show the white surface through it. You get a purple lake hue. Now, take the same color, mix a little white paint with it, and paint it solidly across the thin paint. It is quite a different color. The shift is more dramatic in Violet Hematite than in many other colors. The explanation for these color differences was observed by Harold Speed (1987), "All colors are made warmer when painted over light grounds transparently, and all colors are made colder when mixed with white."

Rublev Colours Violet Hematite is ground in linseed oil without using any stearates or other additives that affect the behavior of the pigment in oil. The pale linseed oil used to make this color is well-aged and refined to provide higher levels of reactivity and oxidation than raw oil. The consistency is a smooth, thick, rich color that brushes long" yet holds its shape remarkably well. When the color is brushed out, it readily flows with the brush, but it remains in place, staying put when the brush is lifted.

Rublev Colours Violet Hematite Artists' Oil

Drawdown Note: The scan of the "drawdown" (left) contains a pre-mixed paint film of 6 mils (0.006 inches) thickness applied to a standard test card to examine color consistency, opacity, and other qualities. The drawdowns show the color's full strength (mass tone) on the left and mixed in a 1:2 ratio with titanium white on the right. The bottom area of the drawdowns is scraped to show undertones.

Note: The color swatch was created using a thin tint mixed with an equal part of linseed oil (left), a solid thick application (middle), and a solid tint mixed with an equal amount of titanium dioxide (right) applied on acrylic primed canvas. All pictures of color swatches on this website are only approximations of the actual color of the oil paint. We have carefully matched the color in these pictures on calibrated color monitors to the actual color. However, your results may vary because of the wide variance in color monitors.

Color Names
Common Names:English: hematite, red iron oxide
French: oxyde rouge
German: Oxid rot
Italian: rosso ossido
Portuguese: vermelho óxido
Spanish: rojo óxido
Alternate Names:Mars Violet is the name given to the artificial substitute of natural violet red iron oxide.
Common NameMineralSource
HematiteHematiteWest Virginia, USA


Color Information
Single Pigment:Violet Hematite
Binder:Linseed Oil
Pigment Information
Color:Purplish Red
Colour Index:Pigment Red 102 (77491)
Chemical Name:Iron Oxide
Chemical Formula:Fe2O3
ASTM Lightfastness:I
Tinting Strength:High
Drying rate:Above Average
Health Label:Based on a toxicological review, there are no acute or known chronic health hazards with the anticipated use of this product. Always protect yourself against potentially unknown chronic hazards of this and other chemical products by avoiding ingestion, excessive skin contact, and inhaling spraying mists, sanding dust, and concentrated vapors. Contact us for further information or consult the MSDS for more information.


Note: Some separation of pigment and oil may occur in Rublev Colours Artists' Oil and is a natural process when no wax or stabilizers are added to paint to prevent this from occurring.

More Information
BrandRublev Colours
VendorRublev Colours
Processing TimeOrders ship on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
ColorRed, Violet
Pigment TypeInorganic, Earth, Natural

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