The highest professional quality traditional oil colour made from the finest pigments.
Artists’ Oil Colour is unmatched for its purity, quality and reliability – a success which is reflected in its world-wide reputation amongst professional artists. It has 120 colours in the range, offering the widest spectrum of all the Winsor & Newton oil ranges.
Like all raw materials, pigments are available in various grades. We use only the purest of pigments ensuring the cleanest, brightest colours, which in turn produce the best colour mixtures.
As the cost of the pigments used varies, so does the price charged for the colour. Therefore we have grouped colours together in ‘series’. The higher the series number, the higher the price. You can find the series number both on the colour chart and on the tube.
Since 1832 we have been developing permanent alternatives for the less durable traditional colours, without compromising the handling properties of the oil colours. As a result, the permanence of the colour range as a whole has been improved beyond the dreams of past painters.
Of the 120 colours in the range, 119 are now classed as ‘permanent for artists’ use’ [AA or A ratings from Winsor & Newton] which aids in the longevity of paintings. Although Alizarin Crimson is only given a “B” rating ( moderately durable), it has been part of Artists’ Oil Colour for over 130 years and is still considered a key colour by many contemporary artists.