Malachite Oil Paint

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Malachite is the oldest known green pigment. The basic copper carbonate mineral, described as bright bluish-green or sometimes pale green, is from natural deposits of copper ore is now available in oil paint.

Malachite is a basic carbonate of copper mineral, usually described as a bright greenish-blue or sometimes pale green. Our malachite is obtained from mines in Hubei Province, China.

Learn more about the pigment and mineral Malachite

Composition and Permanence

Binder:Linseed oil
Pigment Information
Pigment Classification:Natural Inorganic
Colour Index:Pigment Green 39 (77492)
Chemical Name:Copper Carbonate Hydroxide
Chemical Formula:Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Tinting Strength:Medium
Drying Rate:Fast
Lightfastness:Not Listed
Permanence:A - 3
Safety Information:

Warning Harmful if swallowed.

Safety designation: Wash thoroughly after handling. Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.

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, the results may vary because of the wide variance in color monitors.

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 full-color 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.

Pigment Names
Common Names:English: malachite
French: malachite
German: Malachit
Italian: malachito
Spanish: malaquita
Synonyms:English: chrysocolla, green verditer, green bice, Hungarian green, mineral green, mountain green
French: vert de montagne
German: Berggruen, Malachitgruen
Italian: verde minerale
Alternate Names:It is also known as copper green, green bice, and green verditer, although these names are usually given to synthetic pigments.
Common NamePrimary MineralSource
MalachiteMalachiteHubei Province, China
More Information
BrandRublev Colours
VendorNatural Pigments
Processing TimeUsually ships the next business day.
Pigment TypeInorganic, Historical, Natural
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