Van Dyke brown

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Van Dyke brown
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#44362F
sRGBB  (rgb)(68, 54, 47)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 21, 31, 73)
HSV       (h, s, v)(20°, 31%, 27%)
ISCC–NBS descriptorDark grayish yellowish brown
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Van Dyke brown, also known as Cassel earth or Cologne earth, is a dark brown color named after the painter Anthony van Dyck.

The color was originally made from peat or soil, and has been applied as both watercolor and oil paints.[2] Today, the pigment is made by combining asphaltum-like black with iron oxide. This replicates the color of the original iron oxide-rich earth found in Cassel and Cologne, Germany.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

Television host Bob Ross frequently used Van Dyke brown oil paint on The Joy of Painting as a color for trees, cabins, and basecoats.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SW 7041 Van Dyke Brown". Sherwin-Williams. 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "Van Dyke brown". Pigments through the Ages. 2008. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "Spotlight on Vandyke Brown". Winsor & Newton. May 27, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  4. ^ "Van Dyke Brown". Bob Ross. 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2017.