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Reconstructing Van Gogh’s palette to determine the optical characteristics of his paints

'Field with Irises near Arles', painted by Van Gogh in Arles in 1888. Photo: Van Gogh Museum.

Vincent van Gogh once compared this impressionist masterpiece to a 'Japanese dream' - a reflection of his love for Japanese prints but perhaps a comparison that has proven all too fitting. Because the thing about dreams is, their details tend to fade. A combination of natural aging and the buildup of grime has dulled van Gogh’s Field with Irises near Arles over the past 130 years.

Fortunately, those changes are not completely irreversible. Modern experimental art technology has given a team of Dutch researchers (Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, University of Amsterdam, AkzoNobel Performance Coatings, Color Research) unprecedented access to the artist’s full color palette. Enabling them to not only digitally recreate van Gogh’s landscape in its original color - but also, to reproduce the very paints he used from scratch.

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Reconstructing Van Gogh’s palette to determine the optical characteristics of his paints

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