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Kunsthaus Zürich

Pierre Bonnard

Cross-section of the paint layer

Structure of the paint layer: cross-section
of removed sample P1
Structure of the paint layer: cross-section
of removed sample P1

Bonnard did not use paint from a tube, preferring instead to mix his paints himself on the palette, using a combination of pigment and binding agent. The cross-section polish of a sample of paint from the pink reveals clear differences in the fineness of the pigment grind: coarse red, white and black pigment grains together with much smaller light reds and oranges.

Bonnard used egg tempera – a mixture of oil and egg yolk – as binding agent.

P1: Location of removal of a minute sample of paint layer
P1: Location of removal of a minute sample of paint layer