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Post #1683 • April 21, 2014, 1::3 AM

The New York Times has a nifty feature for yesterday's report by Kenneth Chang about the disappearance of a certain pigment from Renoir's portrait of Madame Léon Clapisson from 1883—sliding the pane left and right allows you see why we don't used crushed bugs for pigments any more.

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This brings up the distressing possiblity that some late Renoirs were even more pink than they are now, and the figures in them already look like they've been abused with raspberries.

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