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Ripolin is a brand of paint. It was the first commercially available brand of enamel paint.

Ripolin, a brand of commercial ready-mixed paints formulated for architectural, marine and other applications, originated in the Netherlands where it was developed by the chemist Carl Julius Ferdinand Riep.[1] In 1897, the Briegleb paint company, as it was then known, formed a partnership with the French firm Lefranc, a manufacturer of artists’ materials. The merged company was named Ripolin, in honor of Riep, and a Ripolin factory was established in France.[2] Ripolin paints became sufficiently renowned during the period that “ripolin” became synonymous with enamel paints in general and entered the French dictionary as early as 1907.[2] Today Ripolin is the property of PPG Industries.

Picasso and Le Corbusier both used Ripolin in their works.[3] The latter's argument against ornamentation and the promotion of the use of white enamel ripolin was famously documented in his Law of Ripolin.[4][5]


  1. ^ Pelgrim, E. (1994). "Hilversumse historie. De Ripolin verffabriek.". Eigen Perk. 14 (1): 24–39. 
  2. ^ a b Muir, K.; Gautier, G.; Casadio, F.; A., Vila (2011), "Interdisciplinary Investigation of Early House Paints: Picasso, Picabia and their “Ripolin” Paintings – Revision 1", ICOM Committee for Conservation, 16th Triennial Meeting, Lisbon 19-23 September 2011, International Council of Museums 
  3. ^ Moskowitz, Clara. "Picasso's Genius Revealed: He Used Common House Paint". Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Halle, David (1996). Inside Culture: Art and Class in the American Home. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226313689. 
  5. ^ Le Corbusier (1987) [1925]. The Decorative Art of Today. Dunnet, James I. (trans.). London: The Architectural Press. ISBN 978-0851390154.