Throughout history, sports and athletics have played an important role in society.  It is human nature to remain active and in motion, each action being a physical expression of the human body.  The competitive nature of society has not only contributed to these expressive moments in sports history, but also in art. Whether the art is used to honor a beloved athletic legend, or to express fluid movements of the human body, this gallery will showcase sports and movement through paintings, sculptures, and other mediums. 

This photo from LIFE magazine shows a drummer in mid beat at Woodstock. The focus of the photograph is on the actual musician who is passionately moving to the beat of his own instrument. The photo features mid level depth as the foreground, middle ground, and background are all utilized.
This statue from The Olympic Museum depicts one of the major events of the Olympics, swimming. The swimmer is expressed in full motion through his outstretched arm, as it confidently plunges forward, and his back legs, as they power downward. The statue is able to portray the intense motion of the agile athlete because it is crafted with sharp lines and angles that express the physical shape of the athlete as well as contribute to the movement of his muscles.
In Hans Erni's depiction of Olympic Boxing, the use of abstract images and lines are used to increase the intensity and movement of the main focus of the painting, the boxing match. The thin white lines are used to express the road to the boxing match, as well as give the painting more movement, as the white lines appear to be swooping all over the canvas. The use of color with the blues and reds are used to express the contrast and battle between the two main boxers.
The Quorn Hunt in Full Cry portrays one of the oldest forms of sports, hunting. The scale of the hunting party is shown through the perspective of the field as well as the thin weight of the lines. The motion is shown through the galloping horses and whipping of some of the riders. The clouds above head also appear to be moving, as they roll across the sky. The saturation from the darker clouds to the blue space used to express clear sky helps to create the illusion of movement.
This drawing portrays a cricket match among ladies in the rolling hills of the countryside. The bright colors and thin lines give the piece a whimsical feel, which expresses the joys of the athletes and the pleasant spectators. The smoke in the background helps to express motion as well as the diagonal line work in the legs and bodies of the women playing cricket.
This piece entitled Ideas in Motion, uses minimalism to express motion. The youthful skateboarders, who are rolling around the entire piece as their line work is used to express their speed and motion through dimensional illusion. The horizon line and sun are used to give the 3D illusion of the surface of the piece as well as give the massive angled man his large scale. The sharp angled lines of the man are also a way the artist was able to convey motion and interaction with the tiny skateboarders. The heavy use of black is also used to convey shadows, which also helps give the piece a three dimensional aspect.
This vase features an early depiction of movement. The use of negative and positive space is used to give the figures their movement. Each man appears to be in a different state of movement, which works together to give the viewer a full array of motions. The diagonal line work is used in the legs, arms, and bodies, to give each man a different action.
This photo of basketball players mid play relies heavily on its lighting. This lighting gives the photo high contrast, which is also seen through the light and dark colors of the player’s jerseys. The main motion is seen through the St. John’s player, as he leaps through the air towards the basketball and hoop. The intensity of the players on the court fighting for space also lends a hand to the drama of the photo. The two players off to the side look on with uncertainty and hope, which helps to portray the emotions felt within the game.
This overhead photo of the Louis-Walcott boxing match in 1947 has many focal points. The first is the large active crowd, who surround the ring with anticipation. This drama then carries its self into the ring where the two boxers do battle. The motion then moves to the ref as he checks on the downed Louis, as Walcott stands over him after a punch. The lighting of the ring helps make it the main feature of the photograph and gives the piece contrast against the darkened crowd
This statue bust by Bernini features Medusa and her unique hair of snakes. The snakes appear to be squirming and twisting into the air as some slither over the surface of her head. The intensity of the snake’s movements relies heavily on their squiggly, rounded shapes, as well as the tangled placement on her head. The amount of snakes gives this head of creatures weight as they even begin to cascade down the sides of her head.
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