Pantone Ultra Violet Inspiration

Sara on December 8, 2017


The Pantone Color Institute recently announced their 2018 Color of the Year, a “dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade,” PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet. SAAM staff promptly cranked up “Purple Rain” radio and searched the museum’s collection for purple tones, discovering a variety of artworks, some of which we didn’t remember having seen before. Here are a few favorites:



Untitled - 1979.119.2 - 53617

John R. Grabach, Morning, ca. 1917

Untitled - 2002.76 - 66411

Lise B. McCann Hoffman, Pansies, 2002


Untitled - 1967.59.669 - 51968

William H. Johnson, Café, ca. 1939-1940