|Sir Edward John Poynter - Chloe - 28 X 36 in.|
"It cannot be too strongly impressed on students of painting, that the use of such brilliant colours as orange vermilion, for instance, in flesh-painting, is not only dangerous, from the uncertainty attending the preparation of the pigment, but unnecessary, and destructive, moreover, of the purity and delicacy of the tints; it is worse than useless to employ a bright colour which has to be qualified by an admixture of other pigments to break its harshness, when a simple earth would be sufficient for the purpose. As a rule, purity is lost, rather than gained, by the use of colours more brilliant than necessary."
- from a letter written by Sir Edward John Poynter to William J. Muckley
William J. Muckley, A Handbook for Painters and Art Students, (Ballière, Tindall, and Cox, London, 1880).