University Chemistry ›› 2021, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (10): 2011018.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX202011018

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The Fading's Secret in Van Gogh Painting: Chemistry in Pigment

Xinyue Lu1, Lu He2, Junlong Zhao1,*()   

  1. 1 National Demonstration Center for Experimental Chemistry Education, College of Chemistry & Materials Science, Northwest University, Xi'an 710127, China
    2 School of Cultural Heritage, Northwest University, Xi'an 710127, China
  • Received:2020-10-22 Accepted:2021-01-04 Published:2021-01-20
  • Contact: Junlong Zhao


Vincent Van Gogh is considered today as the greatest Dutch painter and loved by many people. Unfortunately, his paintings suffered degradation problems. This paper introduces the pigments used in Van Gogh's paintings and reveals the fading's secret based on chemical principles, the research of pigment chemistry also can help to choose the best strategy for the proper conservation of art masterpieces.

Key words: Vincent van Gogh, Pigment, Fading, Cultural heritage