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Felrath Hines

Yellow and Gray
1976
oil
54 1/4 x 48 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Barbara Fiedler Gallery

These colored circles and elongated forms could be read as an abstract still life, depicting sliced lemon, knife, banana, and pewter tankard. Felrath Hines, however, was more interested in the dialogue between color and form than in direct representation. By placing the yellow half-circles in front of a horizontal gray band, the artist reveals how subtle hue changes occur. The gray on the left appears lighter than that on the right when separated by yellow.