Manganese blue is almost an urban myth among painters, revered for it's beauty and transparency
It's production was ceased in the 1980's, sometimes very small amounts become available from old stocks and it is made into oil paint (this particular batch was sourced from Stoke-on-Trent in the UK).
Recently a new producer of thi rare pigment has emerged, but it doesn't capture quite as much vibrancy as this older pigment.
So why is it special? It's hue and it's transparency are unavailable in any other pigment/paint, it is a wonderfully luminous and intense, icy blue. A paint of light and air would be a poetic way to describe it, the second image on the left shows this aspect the best.
In masstone it is a luminous, rich, deep blue, it's real beauty is exhibited when brushed out thinly and then it really comes alive showing wonderful transparent cool blues. It maintains these qualities in mixes and doesn't overpower like a transparent phthalocyanine would.
It is a mid power tinter, and when mixed with white you can get sky blues like I haven't seen with any other oil paint. It is ground in Walnut Oil to slow it's drying somewhat and maintain it's crispy icyness, although it still dries pretty quickly. Please be aware it needs careful handling and good studio practice due to it's toxicity.
A utterly overused word nowadays, but this is awesome in the true sense!
Please note this a 20ml tube.
Pigment - PB33/Manganese Blue
Binder - Walnut Oil
Opacity - Transparent
Drying Time - Fast
Firstly I have to say what great service I had from this company. They were very quick and efficient at sending out my order which was well packed in recyclable packaging (which I keep for various uses). I have not used their paints before so I have only ordered one colour, manganese blue, and I have to say it is fabulous not just the colour but the consistency which flows so well without using a medium but likewise it is wonderful for glazing. I love blues and this has become my favourite. Thank you James. I would certainly buy again from this company.
As with the Lapis lazuli from WS this rare paint is amazing for glazing. I've been using this for glazing some of my landscape paintings along with the Lapis & the combination of the two, whether alternating between each pigment, or mixing them to achieve the ideal hue you require there really are no better blues. As I've said in my Lapis review I wouldn't want to be without either. Very highly recommended & once again thank you Wallace Seymour & James for stocking them. Fabulous paint.
Its a bit oily but matches my old W&N manganese exactly! I’m so glad to have new tubes! The hues they sell are no replacement and the Old holland Pb 33 is really not the same, so this old stock is precious.Hope someone will take this pigment - the real one- in production again before my purchase runs out....
As always fast shipping and sustainable packaging. Thank you James!
I haven't used this yet - but it's exciting to have this now-rare oil colour. I didn't use it in the 1980s so I want to research its use and the artists who used it, maybe to experiment a little....
As always the transaction with The Supreme Paint Company was impressive: website easy to use, delivery prompt, lovely packaging - a sturdy recyclable box (I keep the boxes and use them to sort my colours). Thank you James!