Color Spotlight: Quinacridone Fuchsia (PR202)

Da Vinci Quinacridone Fuchsia (PR202)
Da Vinci Quinacridone Fuchsia (PR202) on Wonder Forest Cold Press paper

A dark magenta, slightly darker and more muted than PR122 or PV19 quin rose.

Experiment Results

Gradient: Even, non-granulating grade. At masstone, medium-dark purple magenta that’s a bit purpler and darker than a primary magenta but not as dark or purple as violet. In dilute, a lilac color.

Opacity: Transparent.

Glaze: Glazes warmer, a dark crimson.

Comparison to Other Colors

PR202 is the third item in the comparison below: brighter and more magenta (less purpler) than PV19 violet; similar to, but less red than, DS Bordeaux (PV32); less bright than Holbein Quinacridone Magenta (PR122).

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 view showing a variety of colors named Quinacridone Magenta, from Oto Kano’s Patreon dot card.

Quinacridone Magenta comparison

Daniel Smith’s Quinacridone Magenta (PR202) is the first one, and Schmincke’s PR202 is shown under that. The next column is PR122s, then the third column shows some PV19’s (two violets and a rose), and the thin ones on the end are comparison colors from my collection: Quin Violet, Bordeaux and Quin Rose.

You can see here that the PR202’s are more muted and darker than the PR122’s, but not as purpley as the Quin Violets.

Comparison to Other Colors

Daniel Smith – Quinacridone Magenta (PR202)

Daniel Smith has two PR202’s: one called Quin Fuchsia (which I have only tried in a dot card) and this one called Quin Magenta. It gets nice and deep in masstone and was easy and smooth to grade out. The oranges are are muted, though not in an ugly way, but the purples are really nice and vivid. Even the Phthalo Green purple is pretty vibrant!

Color Mixes

Lemon Yellow

DV Quin Fuchsia (PR202) + Winsor Lemon (PY175) on Stilman & Birn Beta

Transparent Pyrrol Orange

DV Quin Fuchsia (PR202) + DS Transparent Pyrrol Orange (PO71) on Stilman & Birn Alpha

Deep Scarlet

DV Quin Fuchsia (PR202) + DS Deep Scarlet (PR175) on Stilman & Birn Alpha

Purple Magenta (PR122)

Holbein Quin Magenta (PR122) + DV Quin Fuchsia (PR202) on Stilman & Birn Beta

Very slightly darker than PR122, but mostly overlapping in value.

Phthalo Turquoise (PB16)

DS Quin Magenta (PR202) + WN Phthalo Turquoise (PB16) on Canson XL

Reasonably vibrant purples, though significantly more mauve/muted than similar mixes with PR122.

Cerulean Blue (PB36)

Quin Magenta (PR202) + DV Cerulean (PB36) on Canson XL

Phthalo Green (PG7)

DV Quin Fuchsia (PR202) + DV Phthalo Green (PG7) on Stilman & Birn Alpha

What Others Say

This is an attractive pigment, especially as a darker “rose” complement to quinacridone red (PR209) or as a more lightfast alternative to quinacridone rose (PV19). The violets mixed with PR202 and a blue paint are somewhat duller than those mixed with PR122 or PV19 rose (which is an advantage if you use purple mixtures primarily as shadow color); it dilutes down to a red violet rather than pinkish undertone, making it a good floral color.

Bruce MacEvoy, handprint.com (2010)

Some artists recommend PR202 on the basis of it being more lightfast than PR122 (e.g. Jane Blundell below), but I think this is based on an incorrect ASTM rating of PR122. By Bruce MacEvoy’s tests (and my own), PR122 is just as lightfast.

The Daniel Smith Quinacridone Magenta PR202 is better lightfast rated and more powerful though not quite as clean-mixing as PR122. 

Jane Blundell, Cool Reds

PR202 is the same general hue as PR122 but it is slightly darker and less intense… I feel like PR202 is a prettier color on its own, but overall I felt really underwhelmed by the mixes it made, especially following PR122. If the vibrancy of PR122 is too much for your palette, then this would be a good secondary option. Even though the cooler mixes are adequate, though, I do feel like the warmer mixes suffer quite a bit.

Denise Soden, “Color Spotlight: PR122 + PR202” [video] (2018)

My Review

I knew I would generally like this color because I like all magentas, but I didn’t think I would find it particularly useful because of the competition it has on my palette. It’s generally considered a primary magenta option, but it’s not as bright as Purple Magenta (PR122), and I really like bright colors. I already struggle choosing between PR122 magenta and PV19 Quin Rose.

However. Now that I have the Daniel Smith Quin Magenta version, I find it strangely compelling. Because it is more different from Quin Rose than PR122 magenta is, it’s easier to justify having both on my palette. Like PR122, it makes fabulous purples, but it is closer to fulfilling the elusive role of dark magenta. While I found the Da Vinci PR202 a bit weak in my dark magenta search, the Daniel Smith one has more range; it more closely resembles Bordeaux (PV32), which I also like, but because PR202 Quin Magenta is more blue-toned, it makes better purples. Many people choose Quin Violet (PV19) for this role, but I prefer the rosier hue of PR202.

A lot depends on which category you see this in. It’s good in the primary magenta role if you’re allergic to brights; for me, a bright enthusiast, it offers no real competition to Quin Rose and PR122 magenta, but I find it a more cheerful alternative to a Quin Violet.

On my palette? Generally no. This is an extended-palette option.

Favorite version: Daniel Smith Quin Magenta

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