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Burnt umber
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Colour coordinates —
Hex triplet #8A3324
RGBB (r, g, b) (138, 51, 36)
HSV (h, s, v) (9°, 74%, 54%)
Source Color List
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

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

The first recorded use of burnt umber as a colour name in English was in 1650. [1]

Shades of umber colour comparison chart

  • Burnt Umber (Hex: #8A3324) (RGB: 138, 51, 36)
  • Raw Umber (Hex: #826644) (RGB: 130, 102, 68)
  • Umber (Hex: #635147) (RGB: 99, 81, 71)

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. [1]
  • 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.



  1. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 191; Color Sample of Burnt Umber: Page 53 Plate 15 Color Sample A12

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