October 9, 2014 @ TheWallStreetJournal
Rest in peace, Cadmium Yellow, Orange and Red (c. 1829-2014). Your vibrant, exuberant and reliable reign is about to be brutally terminated—cut down in your prime by colorless legislators in the European Union.
Cadmium pigment for oil, acrylic and watercolor has been an ingredient of artists’ palettes since the 19th century, prized for its brilliance, intensity and lightfastness (resistance to fading when kept indoors). The element was discovered by the German chemist Friedrich Stromeyer in 1817, when he noticed that a sample of zinc carbonate contained a minute residue that he decided to call cadmium sulfide (cadmia is the Latin for zinc).
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