JAIC 1997, Volume 36, Number 1, Article 1 (pp. 1 to 16)
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JAIC 1997, Volume 36, Number 1, Article 1 (pp. 1 to 16)

WITH PAINT FROM CLAUS & FRITZ: A STUDY OF AN AMSTERDAM PAINTING MATERIALS FIRM (1841–1931)

MICHEL LAAR, & AVIVA BURNSTOCK


ABSTRACT—Claus & Fritz was an Amsterdam-based firm that manufactured and supplied artists' drawing and painting materials from 1841 to 1931. Original sources have been used to document the founding of this company, its patronage by contemporaneous artists, the range of materials it supplied, and the quality controls it applied to its products. Claus & Fritz manufactured a range of its own oil-based paints, supplied in tin tubes. Analysis of the inorganic pigments and binding media of 41 different paints from its 1921 line was carried out in this study. The results of the analysis characterize the range of pigments and mixtures used, including extenders, and the use of additives such as beeswax and resin to the linseed oil binding media of the tube paints.
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Article Sections:

1. INTRODUCTION
2. THE FIRM OF CLAUS & FRITZ
3. THE CUSTOMERS
4. THE PAINT
5. CONTROL
6. RECENT ANALYSIS OF THE MEDIUM
7. TECHNICAL EXAMINATION OF THE PIGMENTS
8. CONCLUSIONS
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