Barite Oil Paint

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A transparent, buff-colored pigment ground in walnut oil. It is ideal for flesh tones where a soft, mixing buff color is needed to tone down whites and other colors. Learn more.

Rublev Colours Barite is a transparent buff-colored pigment ground in walnut oil. It is ideal for flesh tones where a soft, mixing buff color is needed to tone down whites and other colors. It is very transparent.

Barite (UK baryte) is the natural barium sulfate mineral; other names in the literature include ‘heavy spar’ and ‘cawk.’ The name comes from the Greek word barys, meaning heavy. The name is due to its density, 4.48 g/cm3, which is relatively high for a mineral. Barite is chemically inert and has a very low oil absorption value (OAV). Barites were one of the most essential extender pigments in the nineteenth century. They were added to reduce the tinting strength of pigments, such as Prussian blue, and to improve the working qualities of a color.

Mix Rublev Colours Barite with other colors to reduce their tinting strength and to improve the handling qualities.

Composition and Permanence

Color:White to Buff
Binder:Walnut oil
Pigment:Barite (Baryte)
Pigment Classification:Natural inorganic
Colour Index:Pigment White 22
Chemical Name:Barium sulfate
Chemical Formula:BaSO4
CAS No.7727-43-7
Tinting Strength:Low
Drying Rate:Slow
ASTM Lightfastness:Not Listed
Permanence:A - Permanent
Safety Information:No acute or known chronic health hazards are associated with this product's anticipated use (most chemicals are not thoroughly tested for chronic toxicity). Protect yourself against potentially unknown chronic hazards of this and other chemical products by keeping them out of your body. Do this by avoiding ingestion, excessive skin contact, inhaling spraying mists, and sanding dust and vapors from heating. Conforms to ASTM D-4236.

For a detailed explanation of the terms in the table above, please visit Composition and Permanence.


Some separation of pigment and oil may occur in Rublev Colours Artist Oils and is a natural process when no wax or stabilizers are added to paint to prevent this from occurring.

All images of color swatches on this website are only approximations of the actual color of the oil paint. We have carefully matched the color in these pictures on calibrated color monitors to the actual color. However, because of the wide variance in color monitors, the results may vary.

Color Swatch Note: The color swatch was created with a thick application (left side) of color and a tint (right side) made with equal parts of color and titanium white and applied on acrylic primed cotton canvas.

Drawdown Note: The image of the "drawdown" contains a pre-mixed paint film of 6 mils (0.006 inches) thickness applied to a standard test card to examine color consistency, opacity, and other qualities. The drawdowns show the color's full strength (mass tone) on the left and mixed in a 1:2 ratio with titanium white on the right. The bottom area of the drawdowns is scraped to show undertones.

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BrandRublev Colours
VendorNatural Pigments
Processing TimeUsually ships the next business day.
Pigment TypeInorganic, Natural
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