Utrecht is dead to me

Flake white is critical for oil painting. I buy flake white from RGH, Blue Ridge, and (occasionally) Utrecht. I discovered this past weekend that Utrecht doesn’t sell flake white any longer. This unwanted discovery kills the Utrecht brand for me. Their oil paint is decidedly on the low-end of professional brands. Except for their flake white, they don’t produce a single color I consider exceptional. 

Even the comparable Rembrandt brand makes one color I enjoy. I like the transparency of Rembrant’s raw umber.

When my tubes of Utrecht flake white run out, that’s it. The flake wite on today’s palette is among the last of its kind. 

  4 comments for “Utrecht is dead to me

  1. I’ve used Utrecht oils on and off since the late seventies. The company did manufacture a superior line of pure colors. For example, pure cadmium reds yellows and such. I still have a few tubes purchased in the late 80s and early 90s, and the the paint is still very workable – the oils have not yellowed or polymerized in the least, the mass tone and color saturation still excellent. I agree that the flake white products they reintroduced some 10 to 15 years ago were very good. Unfortunately, Utrecht quality started to erode when Dick blick bought them some years back. Solid values and dependable products are now few and far between. A sad situation for a once proud company.

  2. Yeah, it’s not the same anymore. By the way, I visited your gallery, Peter, good paintings!

  3. Damn…I was looking to restock my flake white and it seems both Utrecht and Williamsburg have discontinued it. Which of the RGH lead whites do you recommend as replacement?

  4. I prefer their standard Cremintz white over their extra-fine version. I haven’t tried their Flemish white. What RGH calls “flake” contains titanium.

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