For studies I use Van Gogh paint. For bigger projects I choose Rembrandt. But why? Time to take a closer look at the differences.

Rembrandt versus Van Gogh oil paint

First of all: Van Gogh paint contains more chalk and other substances like clay. Paint tubes of Rembrandt contain more pigment and the colours are purer. The purer the paint, the more durable the colours are. So if you are making a huge painting which takes you years to create, you definitely want it to last more than 100 years wouldn’t you?

Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Old Holland, Winsor & Newton, Reeves, Schmincke and many more

The purer the paint de more expensive the paint. So just image the wide arrange of paint brands we have to choose from.

100% pure colours don’t exist

Colours which contain a lot of different substances (cheaper paint) can create (when mixed with other colours) a chemical reaction. Which over time can cause fading colours. The purer the paint, the better. 100% pure colours don’t exist. The brand Old Holland still produces all its classic oil paints according to traditional formulas (the durability of which has been demonstrated over the course of time), supplemented by the latest contemporary insights.

Which brand is your favourite?

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