Art and Artists

Making Peace With Yellow

 

Then there is the history of art for example, where yellow was always the first color to fade in painting. In recent years it has been noticed that paintings by Impressionists, post-Impressionists, as well as many Modernists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries are losing their bright yellow hues, fading to bland, beige tones that completely alter the visual aspects of the work (most notably, work by such well-known artists such as Henri Matisse and Vincent Van Gogh). The fading is the result of the cadmium yellow pigment that was used, which when exposed to light has the ghastly tendency to oxidize, thereby stripping the paint of its vibrant color.

Matisse
Van Gogh

Oh, I could go on and on, finding myriad reasons why yellow is the lowest rung on the chromatic ladder.

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