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A Situation in Yellow


Oscar Bluemner, A Situation in Yellow, 1933. Oil on canvas, 36 × 50 1/2 in. (91.4 × 128.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Nancy and Harry L. Koenigsberg  67.66
Before he became an artist, Oscar Bluemner was an architect. He often painted landscapes with buildings such as houses and factories. In his work, Bluemner explored what different colors meant to him. He used unexpected colors to express the mood or feeling of a scene. “When you FEEL colors,” he said, “you will understand the WHY of their forms." He likened the composition of a painting to musical structure: pigment was a key on the piano—the shifts in tones were octaves and harmonies.
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