“The masses of light in a picture [must] be always of a warm, mellow color, yellow, red, or a yellowish-white, and that the blue, the gray, or the green colors, be kept almost entirely out of these masses.”
Blue Boy places the blue color right up front and center, dominating the composition. Take that, Mr. Reynolds! The painting brought Reynolds’s theory into open dispute.
See the Blue Boy at the Huntington Library and Art Museum in the LA area.