Morie Durocher asks why the colour yellow features so prominently in Van Gogh’s paintings.
Vincent van Gogh painted what were destined to become his most famous works in sun-drenched Arles: Sunflowers, The Bedroom, The Yellow House and the sweeping landscapes with wheat fields, sowers and reapers under the shimmering sun.
That’s what you associate with Van Gogh, what gets etched in your memory – all that yellow, used to portray the southern light and way of life.
But Van Gogh naturally used plenty of other colours. Consider the paintings from his Dutch period, where he primarily used browns, greys and greens. Or his Parisian works, where his palette became noticeably lighter and brighter.