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"Joy of life" loses color! Pictures of Matisse and Van Gogh fade

Scientists from France, Belgium and the United States have jointly confirmed that in the paintings of Henri Matisse and Van Gogh shades of yellow are gradually becoming dull. They slowly go to beige tones, which gives the masterpieces a radically new look.The loss of brightness is the result of the use of yellow cadmium, which was popular with many impressionists, post-impressionists and early modernists. This pigment has the ability to oxidize in the light and thus deprives the canvas of lively shades. The widespread use of pigment means that the gradual fading threatens many of the masterpieces of that era.Experts studying the "Joy of Life" by Matisse and Van Gogh's "Flowers in a Blue Vase" concluded that large portions of these works are significantly different in color and generality from what they were a hundred years ago. Photo: Telegraph "The results of this study show how important it is to determine not only the chemical composition of burning paints, but also the composition that was used to prepare all the paints available to the most famous artists at the turn of the 20th century," an assistant professor at State University told Telegraph. Delaware Jennifer Mass (Jennifer Mass). It is interesting that the yellow cadmium pigment burns out at the same pace regardless of factors such as geographic location.Vase with daisies and anemonesVincent Van Gogh1888, 61 × 38 cm “A striking phenomenon, but the paintings of different artists of different geographical origin, allegedly kept for about a hundred years in various museum conditions, occur very similar chemical transformations,” noted Professor Cohen Janssens ( Koen Janssens) from the University of Antwerp in Belgium.

Cadmium yellow is not the only pigment subject to this effect. The red color that was used in many of Van Gogh’s paintings also loses its gloss. This is due to the addition of red lead, which, as scientists have discovered, is “whitened” under the influence of light. Like cadmium, paint containing red lead (also known as lead red lead) was also once widely used by artists.

See also: Look at Van Gogh: a game designer created a virtual tour of the Night Cafe movie Although the process that has already begun in the paintings cannot be stopped, researchers are studying ways to minimize future damage. One of them - to encourage museums to adjust the level of lighting and humidity. The masterpieces are worth it!