Is Burnt Umber Evil?

Some time back in 2012 I read Virgil Elliot’s Traditional Oil Painting.  He refers to Burnt Umber as a Problematic Pigment: The author [Virgil Elliott] has all but dropped burnt umber from his palette, owing to its high degree of absorbency when dry, which causes varnish to sink in, leaving chalky-appearing “dry spots.”  It can(…)

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  2. tja: Addendum: From the Brussels Manuscript in Medieval and Renaissance Treatises on the Arts of Painting by Mary P. Merrifield, Dover…