Exhibition: You Had Me at Yellow

Exhibition Information

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

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.