Importance of Lines in           works of art

This Gallery will Depict how lines are used in abstract and more realistic works of art

The Fog Warning, Winslow Homer, 1885, From the collection of: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The lines of the oars point from left and to right to the man in the boat, and we follow his eyes to the smoke stacks, thus telling us the story of the work.
Among the Sierra Nevada, California, Albert Bierstadt, 1868, From the collection of: Smithsonian American Art Museum
The depiction of the mountains are spot on, and the lines running alone the left side of the painting really make the depth of the rest of the work pop.
Tribuna of the Uffizi, Johan Zoffany, 1772 - 1777, From the collection of: Royal Collection Trust, UK
due to the lack of focal points in this painting it seems rather chaotic, which I believe is what the artist was going for.
Equestrian portrait of Stanisław Kostka Potocki, Jacques-Louis David, 1781, From the collection of: The Wilanów Palace Museum
the upper most portion of the wall catches your eye first and you scan to the right to see the man on the horse, causing a very slight build up of anticipation.
tc86, Wolf, Michael, 2008, From the collection of: Hong Kong Heritage Museum
The lines and colors of this work make it seem very chaotic, which is what the artist wanted in this message of what city life is like.
Market Scene, Pieter Aertsen, 1569, From the collection of: Hallwyl Museum
The bold lines on the fruit and vegetables cause them to pop and make you focus on them, with the people coming second.
The Carpet Merchant, Jean-Léon Gérôme, c. 1887, From the collection of: Minneapolis Institute of Art
The Straight lines of the carpet hanging from the balcony catch the eye and lead you upwards to the woman holding it, as your gaze then goes to the men on the floor afterwards.
The Night Watch, Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, 1642, From the collection of: Rijksmuseum
The lines point to the man in black, at the center of the image, telling you who is the most important man in the picture.
The Merchant Georg Gisze, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1532, From the collection of: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
The lines of this painting continuously point back to the man at every chance, forcing you to look upon him multiple times as you search the image for other things.
The Cathedral, František Kupka, 1912 - 1913, From the collection of: Museum Kampa
The straight lines compliment the multitude of colors in this earlier abstract piece.
Event Horizon, Adam Cvijanovic, 2009, From the collection of: SCAD Museum of Art
My favorite piece in this gallery. Event Horizon uses dark lines to force your eyes to the black hole in the center of all the white panels, forcing you to continuously glance back at it.
Home, Ireneusz Pierzgalski, 1971, From the collection of: Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź
The use of lines horizontally across the image force you to look in breaks, as if it were three images instead of one.
Cotopaxi, Frederic Edwin Church, 1855, From the collection of: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
the mountain in the background is the obvious focus of the image, as the sky line points directly towards it.
Still Life with Guns, Carl Hofverberg, 1737, From the collection of: The Royal Armoury, Sweden
The use of the wood grain and the guns point towards the documents multiple times, highlighting their importance in the image.
Macbeth, John Martin, About 1820, From the collection of: Scottish National Gallery
the use of swirled lines in the sky depict chaos, while the lines on the mountains depict nature, and order. with Macbeth roaring to the heavens, causing chaos in the skies.
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