Apple painted with red ocher by Elizabeth Comer
Warm red, slight orange undertone, composed of natural earth, ocher, iron oxide, trace minerals. A lively red prehistoric pigment that is still mined in France, it is lightfast, mixes with all mediums and pigments. Pieter Claesz, Vermeer and several other artists were very fond of this color.
AKA: Van Eyck red, [Fr] ocre rouge, [Pacific] ‘ele
An amazingly sophisticated larger-than-life cow painted 5,000 years ago with red ocher and chalk, in Somalialand, Africa.
Anthropologists are rethinking earlier opinions about early ‘primitive’ cultures.