After Matisse, Laurette in a green robe

After Matisse, Laurette in a green robe, January 2017
After Matisse, Laurette in a green robe, January 2017

This is the second week of paintings inspired by paint colours. This week I’m focussing on Magenta. There are two magentas in the Liquitex Basics box of 48 colours, Medium Magenta and Quinacridone Magenta.

The colour was one of the first synthetic colours produced, originally called fuchsine, as it resembles so closely the colour of fuchsias. Bizarrely the name was changed to magenta, after the Battle of Magenta, in the 1860s. Later in the 1930s the quinacridone colours were developed and, obviously, Quinacridone Magenta is one of those.

I was working from a reproduction of Matisse’s work, and I’m not at all sure that he was in fact using magenta, although the violet pink is very modern, as is the bright emerald of the Laurette’s robe. It’s interesting when you stop to copy a painting, and start to look at it, that you realise things, for example, that the black of the background is not the same as the black of the surround around the armchair. In my painting this is obvious. Matisse has managed a very deep blue black that encompasses the chair with only thin lines of white showing near Laurette’s head and feet.

Colours used:

  • Medium Magenta
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Naples Yellow Hue
  • Light Green Permanent
  • Phthalocyanine Green
  • Unbleached Titanium
  • Mars Black

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