The impact of yellow -   Gabrielle Kuse

The color yellow comes with a sunny reputation and a big impact. Known for its bright and cheery aura, it's a color that has commonly been associated with happiness - though can be used add emphasis as well. It's even been thought that Van Gogh believed the color yellow to be so happy that he would eat yellow paint during moments of his depression with a hope that it would create happiness inside him. While being primarily known for its glow, yellow has also been used to highlight grimmer moments of history. This gallery focuses on the color yellow and its interpretations or impact in various settings.

Woman in a Yellow Dress, Auguste Rodin, after 1900, From the collection of: Maryhill Museum of Art
This image is titled "Woman in a Yellow Dress" and it shows a woman in a yellow dress. She seems in motion, possibly dancing. Her yellow dress and peachy background give a warm feeling to the piece.
Cyclus. Yellow shirt, Vasko Lipovac, 1994, From the collection of: The Olympic Museum
This image shows a figurine of a man on a bike, possibly after winning a race. His joy is shown through his raised arms and his victorious expression. His yellow shirt draws the eye to his excitement.
Children with Yellow Umbrellas, Chihiro Iwasaki, 1971 - 1971, From the collection of: Chihiro Art Museum
Like its title says, the piece shows children with yellow umbrellas. The use of watercolor adds to the rainy day mood of the piece, and yellow alludes to the joy and simplicity of childhood.
Yellow man, Torres García, From the collection of: Biblioteca Mário de Andrade
This figurine shows a man in a yellow suit with a hat and glasses. The yellow suit makes him bear a resemblance to the happy childhood icon from Curious George, known as "The Man in the Yellow Hat."
Grey and Yellow Abstract, Huang Rui, From the collection of: Long Museum West Bund
This abstract piece shows a canvas in gray and yellow paint. The yellow creates an interesting contrast with the gray, as these two are usually considered the opposite of each other in terms of moods.
The Bedroom, Vincent van Gogh, October 1888, From the collection of: Van Gogh Museum
This is one of Van Gogh's very popular pieces - his bedroom. He loved heavy saturation, especially yellow. He uses this color here for his bed and the lighting outside to call attention to them.
The siesta (after Millet), Vincent van Gogh, 1890, From the collection of: Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Van Gogh favors yellow again, this time to contrast with the blue clothes of the workers as they nap in the hay. Yellow here is used to show softness and warmth.
Meules, milieu du jour [Haystacks, midday], Claude MONET, 1890, From the collection of: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
This piece was done as one of eight repeated pieces Monet did to test lighting throughout the day. It shows haystacks around midday. Small dots of yellow portray the soft light of midday.
A Street in Milan, Luigi Rossi, 1881/1881, From the collection of: Fondazione Cariplo
The piece shows a street of people. Yellow is used to spotlight a little girl wearing a scarf around her head. As this has social connotation to its time, yellow is used to make a political statement.
Yellow star, 1944-04-05, From the collection of: Holocaust Memorial Center
This piece reminds us that yellow is not always happy. Here, a Star of David from the Holocaust rests forgotten on the floor. This shows that yellow still holds an impact in a serious light as well.
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