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Kunsthaus Zürich

Félix Vallotton

Cross-section of the paint layer

A minute sample of paint was removed from the lower edge in the area of the reflected hair. A cross-section polish shows the structure of the paintwork: on the white ground coat is the flesh tone, a yellowish layer consisting of fine ochre, white and red pigments. On top of this, Vallotton painted the blue-grey layer of the hair. He used ready-prepared oil paints from tubes that were commercially available at the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cross-section of the paint layer, 20x magnification
a: Transparent layer containing protein (pre-coating of the canvas or paste from when the painting was lined (later intervention))
b: White ground coat
c: Flesh/skin tone
d: Grey-blue tone of the hair
Cross-section of the paint layer, 20x magnification
a: Transparent layer containing protein (pre-coating of the canvas or paste from when the painting was lined (later intervention))
b: White ground coat
c: Flesh/skin tone
d: Grey-blue tone of the hair
X: Area from which the minute paint sample for the cross-section polish shown above was removed
X: Area from which the minute paint sample for the cross-section polish shown above was removed