Yellow Sucker,1965-1979, is an intimate work that monumentalizes an American candy, the lollipop. An etching and dry point colored with pastel watercolors, Yellow Sucker is situated within the dessert series. Using the elaborate process of etching, Thiebaud adds complexity to the simplicity of his subject. The electric yellow candy pops off the paper against the two-toned pastel background. As the sucker stands on its head, the viewer is presented with an alternative view of an object typically enjoyed inverted. Similarly to the Cake paintings, Thiebaud personifies his sweet subject, as it stands before the viewer like an erect figure in a candy cane striped suit. Thiebaud gives the candy figure a darkened shadow relegating it authoritative, especially since its holding stick looms tall and stiff. However, the playfulness of the subject and bright colors on the one hand tones down the seriousness of the characterization. Thiebaud successfully entices the viewer with a little piece of Americana but with added complexity. This work alludes to a certain dramatic atmosphere as the sucker is completely isolated and looming, which are effects reminiscent of Edward Hopper's paintings. The success of this work comes from Thiebaud's ability to combine these contradicting elements into a simple subject recognizable by all.