One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A greyish-green pigment made from a kind of clay (glauconite) and used especially for watercolours and tempera.Also called green earth
- ‘The paint layers contained the following pigments: cinnabar, orpiment, indigo, smalt, Prussian blue, terre verte, gypsum, charcoal black, and earth brown.’
- ‘Dilg builds up the paint around the drawing in a narrow range of relatively cool hues running from terre verte to taupe and teal.’
- ‘I also worked the terre verte into the hair to soften the edge between the scalp and the hair, and I painted a small amount of it where there was reflected light, such as on the chin line.’
- ‘Glauconite is a greenish earth of hydrated iron potassium silicate, known as green earth or terre verte.’
- ‘Finally, the Daniel Smith terre verte is viridian darkened with umber, and is not a natural clay pigment: the term ‘hue’ should be used.’
- ‘I've had no trouble with the brands of terre verte I've used.’
- ‘Burnt umber, terre verte, red ochre, red lake and burnt sienna were identified in several places.’
- ‘Shades of green encompassed my vision: dusty olive, sparkling emerald, brilliant chartreuse, rich terre verte.’
Mid 17th century: French, literally ‘green earth’.
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