The Texture in the eye
Exploring techniques to develop texture in a few medias of the visual arts.
This van Gogh has an interesting texture. The brushstrokes are heavy and filled with paint, and they create not only physical relief on the canvas, but also movement.
Monet's brushstrokes, like van Gogh's, are heavy with paint. As an Impressionist, he painted the moment, and its instability is shown through the thick layers of paint that give the work texture.
Munch and van Gogh have a lot in common. The texture in this work is, however, visible through the different directions the brushstrokes take, and the use of different colours to create depth.
This Cézanne gives the viewer a calm and delicate feeling through colour and texture. The brushstrokes are visible and mostly geometrical, but they are not heavy, hectic, and thick like Monet's.
This Baroque piece shows texture through colour. Shadow and light give depth to the hectic ocean, as well as shape and movement to the waves and clouds.
Tamayo's technique, mixography, primarily relies on the natural texture of the paper he uses to print his work on. Through the use of colours, he also creates depth, and also highlights the textures.
The difference in tones, and even the presence of the same colours in different places, added to the weight of the of brushstrokes, create depth and texture, enhancing the shapes or blurring them.
The texture here is represented through the different brushstrokes and how the image is layered. In addition, the way the colours blend and fade with one another also enhances different textures.
The texture here creates the idea of a single movement that runs down the sculpture, like water or mud in a static motion. The texture is created through the way the image is shaped; It's not smooth.
Rembrandt used lines that go in different directions to give texture and depth to this work. The lines also diverge in thickness, and although the picture looks still, it also looks palpable.
This tapestry shows texture through the level of detail put into every element, and the different shades of green. The amount of texture creates a mysterious and complex vision of the forest.
Klimt used the texture of his own brushstrokes to give texture to the scene. In addition, the colours on the ground show the texture of dried leaves that you can almost hear cracking under your feet.
This Cézanne creates texture through the colours, brushstrokes, and outline of the shapes. Although the tones are similar, the slight change in them creates depth and develops the texture.
The movement of the heavy brushstrokes and the thick layers of paint, as well as the blending of the colours and the shape of the brushstrokes create texture in this painting.
This door could simply be engraved with images, but that wouldn't have the same effect on texture. Rodin uses individual sculptures to create a both depth and texture.
Credits: All media
This user gallery has been created by an independent third party and may not always represent the views of the institutions, listed below, who have supplied the content.
Adachi Museum of Art
The Munch Museum, Oslo
The National Gallery, London
Museum of Latin American Art
Van Gogh Museum
Ca' Pesaro - Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Museo Nacional del Romanticismo
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
New Masters Gallery, Dresden State Art Collections
The Kremer Collection
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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