Modern paints

Authored by: Klaas Jan van den Berg , Judith Lee , Bronwyn Ormsby

Conservation of Easel Paintings

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367023799
eBook ISBN: 9780429399916
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Modern paints (Figure 10.1), defined here as those produced from the 1940s onwards, differ markedly from earlier, traditional paints. Although oil paint has remained highly important in the artists’ paint market and is still widely used by artists, two significant (and related) developments have substantially expanded the choice of modern painting materials available to artists. These were: the emergence of a vast range of synthetic materials (including pigments, binders and additives) that could be utilised by the manufacturers of artists’ paints; and the increasing interest by artists to incorporate paints primarily intended for household decoration and other mass-market purposes into their work.

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