Balance & Symmetry In The Arts

I am CHRISTOPHER VILLAREAL, 3196605.  Here, I analyze 16 pieces of art from all portions of history, focusing on their symmetry and balance and how the photo flows, is viewed, and is portrayed.

The mountain on the Right and the exposed water on the left balance out the weights of the two hemispheres of the photo. Without these two elements the piece would be heavy on one side or create different focal points.
In this photograph we can see a rather obvious and literal visual sense of symmetry. The lines that build up the structure in the background are heavy and dark, whilst the metal bars in the foreground have lighter features but are larger and more shapely. They balance out the two vertical hemispheres. The top portion has a dark to light ontrast that is goes from LIGHt to DARK. Where as the bottom half goes from DARK to LIGHT which evens out the light distributions on both sides
In this piece SHAPE is the primary use of lineage and balance. Symmetry is achieved through the shapes and theway the converge at ONE point. However, although the shapes CONVERGE, they ALSO DISPERSE. When the eye follows the shapes that SPREAD OUT, they find that the crown of the piece (the converging point) spreads out to surround a small rounded shape near the bottom. Balance in this piece is achieved VERICALLY through the crown and the rounds stones at the bottom, but HORIZONTALLY, symmetry is properly achieved through the crown's divide and the shapes that build it.
In this piece there is actually a LACK in artistic balance when dealing with L to R symmetry. However, if one looks at the piece from the GOAL-INWARD, one can see that the contour lines of the goal's shape, we see the focal point is the man and the captured movement of his arm balances the piece vertically where the goal balances it horizontally
In this piece the eye tends to travel diagonally with the shape and pose of the two humans, however the eye subliminally balances the picture with the use of the swans, the boy and the dog. These smaller, but still prominent aspects - when compared to the background - help balance out the empty space left between the background and the diagonal shapes of Venus and Adonis.
This piece is a metallic designed sculpture. This pieces uses both an artistic sense of symmetry as well as a technical sense of symmetry. The piece is symmetrical in shape but the details inside however, are not.
I feel as though LINES and COLOR(or rather lack of) are the two principles of art the most effect how symmetrical this piece is. this drawing is balanced through the bottom left and top right corners. The top right corner is VERY heavy due to the deep lines of the arch as well as the crosshatched shading that darkens that corner of the drawing. The bottom left however, is line heavy. The contour lines of every object within that part of the drawing are thick and thus emphasise the seperation between foreground and background
This "painting at first sight, 3D object at second" piece is VERY creative in how it balances out the weight of it's attributes. Piece has FOUR levels: Building, Workers level 3, Workers level 2, Workers level 1. These different levels create balance in a way that surrounds how the layers interact with eachother. Firstly, if one layers is left side heavy, the next layre is right side heavy. This aesthetic choice keeps the eye moving up or down the sculpture as if the viewer were reading a book. It is pleasing to the eye due to the balance between where things are, so a flow of thoughts is easy to achieve through the viewer's eyes.
Like the sculpture before this, this piece uses a diagonal shaped balance shift to help keep the weight of each aspect even. Her hair balances the weight of the harp and the wings of the eagle are the rock on which the piece builds on. There a triagular shape when you look at how the the different points of interest (the tips of the wings, the hair, harp and head) move along in one's eyesight.
Van Gogh is by far one of my favorite artists. His use of lines and small but many strokes is amazing. I believe he used an X style of balance. By this I mean he countered the softer lines in the bottom right and the harder lines in the bottom left with long hard lines in the top right and whispy, rounder clouds on the top left.
This piece reminds me largely of the Last Supper. The way the focal point is pointed out is similar to the way the Last Supper is as well. All lines of action as well as the way the objects are placed identify the queen as the focal point. This is a simple way of using balance. It cause all portions of the piece to point to ONE place
I feel as though to this piece really is a battle between LEFT and RIGHT. On the left we see brighter, fluffier colors, where as the RIGHT side has darker, duller, sharper colors. HOWEVER the color blocks on the LEFT are stronger and larger where as the right side has smaller, more layer blocks. This helps balance out the HEAVINESS of the darker colors with the LIGHT weight of the ligher colors. Larger portions help the right side compensate for the lack of weight they hold
My opinion on this piece is relatively the same as mine was about the last piece. The darker shading in the foreground with on the left sid ehelps define the foreground as a larger portion of the drawing than it really is, but the line heavy portion of the right side helps keep the balance and gives off an equalized feel to the piece.
As one would have assumed of me, I'm doing a greek piece (as always). I greatly enjoy all aspects of Greek art work. From the mythology, all the way to the tangible sculptures (or maybe not so tangible now a days). this piece is a Helmet from a greek blacksmith. symmetry is important in creating armor so that everyone can wear it as well as even protection from all sides and so that weight is distributed evenly and combat skills are not put to a disadvantage.
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