Permanent green

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An unstandardized pigment name for a yellowish-green color. Permanent green was originally used for mixtures of a green pigment (Viridian and later Phthalocyanine green or Chromic oxide) with a yellow pigment (Cadmium yellow). Another recipe for permanent green is made by mixing Prussian blue with Zinc yellow.

Synonyms and Related Terms

cadmium green


  • May be toxic.

Resources and Citations

  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • M. Doerner, The Materials of the Artist, Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1934
  • R. Mayer, The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques, Viking Press, New York, 1981
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Maximilian Toch, Paint, Paintings and Restoration, D. Van Nostrand, New York, 1945 Comment: p.117

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