Indigo/Orpiment: Ukiyo-e colorant

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Kamakura Village by Katsushika Hokusai

Indigo + Orpiment: Green is achieved by mixing or overprinting a blue and a yellow colorant. The dominant formulation for green after the introduction of full-color printing in the mid-1700's is a mixture of indigo and orpiment. By altering the proportions of each, a wide variation of greens could be obtained. The preference for this formulation of green might be due to the relative stability of both indigo and orpiment to moisture. However like most of the colorants used for woodblock printing during the Edo period both will fade upon prolonged exposure to light.

For more information see: Indigo, Orpiment


Examples of Indigo + Orpiment in Ukiyo-e Prints

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Pt 1: printed
Torii Kiyomasu II, 21.5452

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Pt 4: printed
Katsukawa Shunshō, 11.19295

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Pt 5: printed
Utagawa Toyokuni I, 11.13642

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Pt 7: printed
Katsushika Hokusai, 11.20413

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Pt 3: printed
Keisei Eisen, 11.17946

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Pt 6: printed
Katsushika Hokusai, 11.20417

Analysis

Fiber optic reflectance spectroscopy (FORS) is used to identify indigo and X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF) is used to detect arsenic (As) and sulfur (S), which is an indication for the presence of orpiment (As2S3). For more information, please see the individual colorant pages, indigo and orpiment.

List of Prints

Below is a list of prints where indigo + orpiment was detected.

Pages in category "Indigo/Orpiment: Ukiyo-e colorant"

The following 50 pages are in this category, out of 50 total.

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