Color Spotlight: Quinacridone Violet (PV19 Purple)

Da Vinci Quinacridone Violet (PV19)
Da Vinci Quinacridone Violet (PV19) on Wonder Forest Cold Press paper

A warm purple made from PV19, the same pigment that makes Quin Rose and several other colors in the red/pink/purple spectrum. (Not to be confused with Quinacridone Purple, PV55.)

Experiment Results

Gradient: Lovely gradient from a vivid, blue-toned magenta to a pale lilac. Doesn’t get incredibly dark.

Opacity: Totally transparent

Glazing: Surprisingly crimson glaze

Colors Mixes: All these came out slightly duller than I was expecting.

  • The oranges and yellows are muted, earthy red-grays.
  • PGBS makes a muted teal.
  • PBGS makes a rather pretty periwinkle.
  • French Ultramarine makes a really nice purple.
  • Transparent Red Oxide makes a warm maroon.
  • Quin Gold is a pretty uninspired mauve.

Comparison to Other Colors

PV19 violet is the second color in the spread below. It’s distinctly more magenta/less purple than Quin Purple (PV55), but it’s purpler Quin Fuchsia (PR202) or the reddish DS Bordeaux (PV32). It’s much purpler and darker than the primary magenta options, PR122 magenta and PV19 quin rose.

Magenta comparison
From left: SH Quinacridone Purple (PV55); DV Quinacridone Violet (PV19); DV Quinacridone Fuchsia (PR202); DS Bordeaux (PV32); HO Quinacridone Magenta (PR122); DS Quinacridone Rose (PV19)

Here’s another comparison chiefly to other PV19s.

PV19 comparison

Daniel Smith Quin Rose and Da Vinci Red Rose Deep are rose versions of PV19 that are much lighter and pinker. MaimeriBlu Quinacridone Lake and Daniel Smith Quinacridone Violet are quin violet equivalents that look more or less identical. Da Vinci Alizarin Crimson hue is a red. Finally, at the bottom I have Daniel Smith Bordeaux (PV32), not a PV19, but I think it looks incredibly similar to PV19 violets.

Here’s a more specific comparison of DS Quin Violet vs DS Bordeaux.

DS Quin Violet (PV19) vs DS Bordeaux (PV32)

Quin Violet is bluer and a bit duller. This is especially noticeable in dilute, where Quin Violet dilutes to lavender and Bordeaux dilutes to a sort of pale peony/lilac.

Comparison to Other Brands

Winsor & Newton – Permanent Violet

PV19 violet comparison
Comparison of two PV19 violets. Left: Da Vinci Quinacridone Violet on Wonder Forest cold press paper. Right: WN Permanent Magenta on Canson XL paper.

The fact that I initially titled the WN color “Quinacridone Magenta” then crossed it out and wrote the correct color name, “Permanent Magenta,” shows my confusion at the naming convention of these warm purples. Anyway, these colors look really similar to me, despite the curveball I introduced by doing them on different paper textures. I had an easier time getting the DV darker, maybe.

Daniel Smith – Quinacridone Violet

Daniel Smith – Quinacridone Violet (PV19)

Similar hue as the others I tried. Smooth and highly pigmented.

MaimeriBlu – Quinacridone Lake

MaimeriBlu Explorer Set

Top left. A PV19 violet that is almost precisely the same hue as Daniel Smith. I got some unexpected cauliflowering in my swatchout that didn’t appear until well into the drying stage.

What Others Say

Quinacridone Violet – this color was a new addition to the palette, and it was a surprise favorite. I had been having a hard time figuring out where this color would be useful, and then as soon as I arrived here I was so excited to realize that it was the absolute perfect color to make the purples I saw in the petrified wood. This was really important to me, because the purples and blues were the colors that really stood out to me, and are apparently also the most rare colors to find in petrified wood anywhere in the world.

Claire Giordano, Petrified Forest Residency: Favorite Colors

Color Mixes

Lemon Yellow

Winsor Lemon (PY175) + DS Quin Violet (PV19)

Near-complements, these make grayish muddy colors.

Monte Amiata Natural Sienna

DS MANS (PBr7) + DS Quin Violet (PV19)

Nicer than the cool yellow but still not extremely nice.

Quinacridone Coral

DS Quin Coral (PR209) + DS Quin Violet (PV19)

Pyrrol Orange

Winsor Orange Red Shade (PO73) + DS Quin Violet (PV19)

Cobalt Blue

DS Quin Violet (PV19) + DV Cobalt Blue (PB28)

Slightly muted purples

My Review of Quinacridone Violet

I was drawn to this color because I liked the PV19 violet in Winsor & Newton’s student grade Cotman line, Purple Lake. (It looked especially good in comparison to the other purple I had from that set, Mauve, which I strongly disliked.) But once I had it in my artist-grade collection, I rarely used it, and when I did, I was unhappy with it. I was picturing myself using it to mix up deep warm sunset purples. But its mixes into sunsets looked grayish to me.

January 15, 2022. Painted from a tutorial in Kolbie Blume’s Exploring Watercolor 101 course. The Permanent Magenta’s mixes with the Winsor Orange (Red Shade) look muddy to me. I don’t hate the end result, which I think looks atmospheric, but it’s not what I was going for.

I was going for a bold, in-your-face, garishly beautiful crimson sunset there, and regardless of whether you think that’s a good goal, I think you can agree I didn’t quite get there. Not like I did when I used Purple Magenta (PR122) instead, like below:

January 25, 2022. These purples are made from a mix of Indanthrone Blue (PB60) and Purple Magenta (PR122), which fade much more brightly into the Winsor Orange (Red Shade).

I think this color shows the danger of judging colors within arbitrary color categories. As a purple, I find Permanent Magenta very beautiful. It is brighter and rosier Quin Purple (PV55). As a magenta, though, it’s a bit of a dud.

On my palette? No, I find this one a bit dull. I prefer Bordeaux which is almost identical but redder, or mixing up purples from Quin Rose or Quin Magenta and blues.

Favorite version: I guess Daniel Smith? All the ones I tried seemed quite similar.

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