Mars yellow

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Mars yellow


Synthetically prepared iron oxide pigment. Mars yellow is medium to deep yellow color with good tinting strength and is permanent. It is inexpensive, has good-film forming properties and acts as a drier for oil paints. Synthetic yellow iron oxides are extensively used in the paint industry to produce cream tints with Titanium dioxide.

mars yellow at 100x (visible light left; UV light right)

See also Mars colors.

Synonyms and Related Terms

synthetic yellow ocher; Pigment Yellow 42 and 43; CI 77492; Marsgelb (Deut.); jaune de mars (Fr.); giallo di marte (giallo ossido) (It.); ijzeroxidegeel (Ned.); amarelo de Marte (Port.); yellow iron oxide; iron yellow; yellow oxide of iron; Ferrite; Ferrox; Mapico yellow


No significant hazards.

Raman (MFA)

Mars Yellow (Forbes MFA 242) 785nm (640x445).jpg



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Resources and Citations

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  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 319, 835
  • Reed Kay, The Painter's Guide To Studio Methods and Materials, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1983
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979
  • R.D. Harley, Artists' Pigments c. 1600-1835, Butterworth Scientific, London, 1982
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997