Past Exhibitions

(Featured painting: Mrs. Richard Cary Curtis (Anita Grosvenor Curtis), 1920, by R. H. Ives Gammell (1893-1981)) 

You Had Me at Yellow

On exhibition July 22, 2021 - September 22, 2021

“The sun dazzles me and goes to my head, a sun, a light that I can only call yellow, sulphur yellow, lemon yellow, golden yellow. How lovely yellow is!”

-Vincent Van Gogh, March 1888 letter to brother Theo

Considered the brightest color in the visible spectrum, yellow is commonly associated with sunlight, elation, energy, and change. Also one of the oldest colors, yellow pigments derived from clay soils rich in ochre were used for decorating the human body, pottery, and cave walls as early as 45,000 BCE. Throughout time many artists have harnessed the vibrant hue to imbue their paintings with warmth, ethereality, and light. Others employ the tone as a compositional device, incorporating small bursts of yellow throughout a scene in order to guide the viewer’s gaze. In You Had Me at Yellow, Vose Galleries is pleased to present a selection of paintings that demonstrates the various ways in which the many hues of this primary color contribute to a composition. You Had Me at Yellow is viewable in the gallery and in its entirety online between July 22nd and September 2nd.  

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(Featured painting: Interlude by Liz Haywood-Sullivan)


On exhibition June 1, 2021 - July 17, 2021

Vose Galleries is pleased to present Interlude, an exhibition showcasing a dozen paintings completed in the last year by award-winning pastelist Liz Haywood-Sullivan. In each of these singular examples, Haywood-Sullivan quietly reflects upon the transient nature of her coastal environment, including depictions of the forest idylls, serene waterways, and expansive marshlands near Marshfield, Massachusetts. Although this body of work captures distinct landscapes, the compositions are linked by Haywood-Sullivan’s careful observation of fleeting light. We invite you to enjoy Interlude, viewable in the gallery and online, from June 1st to July 17th.

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Harriot Drawing, circa 1909, by Charles Hopkinson (1869-1962)

A Break in the Clouds

On exhibition May 1, 2021 - June 30, 2021

Vose Galleries is pleased to present A Break in the Clouds, an exhibition showcasing twenty hand-curated paintings by a variety of American artists from the 19th & 20th centuries.  With the rays of hope spreading across the country as we start to come out of this deadly pandemic, the exhibition features the best paintings from our collection that we feel sure will lift everyone’s spirits. With fresh and rare beach scenes by Charles Hawthorne and Leslie Prince Thompson, colorful garden scenes by Boston School women painters Lee Lufkin Kaula and Edith Scott, and lively landscapes and seascapes by Jane Peterson, William Trost Richards, Robert Salmon, and Theodore Wendel, we believe there is something that will appeal to everyone. We hope you will make an appointment to come see these important works in person, viewable May 1st through June 30th at our brownstone on Newbury Street in Boston. We are also happy to offer virtual tours of the exhibition to anyone who may not be able to visit in person. Join us in celebrating what we hope is a 'break in the clouds’ after what have been such trying times for our country, and the world at large.


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(Featured painting: The Green Shade by Lee Lufkin Kaula (1865-1957))

Sensations of Spring

On exhibition March 9, 2021 - May 18, 2021

The scrunch of melting snow yielding under our boots; the late afternoon sunlight enveloping the world in a dewy haze, providing warmth and nourishment for flora, fauna, and man alike; the fragrance of newborn blossoms emerging from their slumber to meet the world afresh, offering visual beauty and emotional comfort. These are the sensations of spring, the tangible impressions that greet us each year and usher in a time of rejuvenation for both Nature and the soul. In our exhibition, we’ve selected over 20 examples from the gallery’s traditional and contemporary artists that embody the season. Sensations of Spring is viewable on our website through May 18th, 2021.

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