Cyprus Raw Umber Dark - 50ml


Cooler, darker and greyer than the other umbers, this has almost blue undertones, this is particularly surprising given the characteristics of the other Cypriot umbers we sell, see the Cyprus Raw Umber Light for example. In the different grades they move from yellow to green and then to this almost blue grey, this is the nature I suppose of the natural pigments, and the many, many different structures and molecules in the pigment all reflecting the light in different ways, a world apart from say a highly refined cadmium.

Cypriot raw umber dark, it maybe surprising given the popular connections with the earth oil colours and Italy, however Cyprus since the nineteenth century has provided the majority of the world's umber. This particular umber is warm and has strong yellow undertones and is completely different from say the Rublev French umbers. The majority is mined in the Troodos mountains on the island, and having been there and not that it in anyway affects the paint, it is a particularly beautiful place!

Rublev Cyprus Raw Dark Medium is a semi-transparent brown with good tinting strength, medium grained and, like most Rublev Oil Colours, brushes "long" in the direction of the brush stroke. 

Technical Overview 

Single Pigment: Natural Iron-Manganese Oxide
Binder: Linseed Oil
Colour Index: Pigment Brown 7 (77491) (77492) (77499)
Chemical Name: Natural Iron-Manganese Oxide
Chemical Formula: Fe2O3 MnO2
ASTM Lightfastness: I
Opacity: Semi-Transparent
Tinting Strength: Good
Drying rate: Average
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