Burnt umber

Burnt umber

Burnt umber is both a pigment and a colour. The dark brown pigment is made by heating umber, a clay containing oxides of iron and manganese, and is used for oil and water colour paint.

Burnt umber in popular culture

  • Burnt umber gained notoriety in the movie Fargo, where it was the colour of the Cutlass Ciera that Jerry Lundegaard gave to Carl Showalter and Gaear Grimsrud when he hired them to kidnap his wife.
  • In the Frasier episode The First Temptation of Daphne, Niles instructs Daphne to get a burnt sienna folder. Martin tells her it's "brown", causing her to pick up the wrong folder. Niles chastises her that the folder is "clearly" burnt umber.
  • Christopher Walken claimed burnt umber as his favorite colour on the April 5th, 2008's episode of SNL.
  • Burnt Umber was the name of a movie short made in the early 1980s (c. 1981-1982) by the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, New York. The movie was about the life of a romantically daydreaming fine arts student attending the school.

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