Compositional Techniques - Rule of Thirds

This gallery explores the use of the Rule of Thirds, which is a common technique used by artists to create a more visually appealing work of art.

This street art by Alice Emergence is brilliantly composed and positioned on such a large scale. The Rule of Thirds comes into play here, and draws our focus to the image of the child on the left.
This piece by Chen Yifei uses the Rule of Thirds to create a sense of hierarchy within the painting. The figure is placed on the right line, which draws the viewers attention first before the chair.
The Rule of Thirds is depicted by the placement of the figures on the right. It crosses the right line of the rule of thirds, but also intersects the line on the bottom, effectively drawing our focus.
This painting is a perfect example of the Rule of Thirds. Although our attention is initially focused on the figures to the right, the composition allows us to enjoy the beautiful landscape as well.
Købke uses the Rule of Thirds by positioning Frederik Sødring on the right rather than centered. This could be considered representation of artists differentiating themselves from other portrait work.
The Starry Night is a very interesting use of the rule, because our focus is drawn to either the swirls of the sky on the top line or the silhouette of the cypress tree on the right.
In this painting, Emily Carr uses a lot of different light and color techniques to direct our focus to the statue, and places the statues on the right line of the Rule of Thirds to help with emphasis.
I absolutely love this painting of a Dutch landscape. The placement of the mill is perfect because it allows Weissenbruch to better depict the beauty and expanse of the countryside.
John White Alexander utilizes the Rule of Thirds by positioning multiple subjects on both the left and right side of the painting. This makes the work seem well-balanced and visually pleasing.
I love this painting by Édouard Manet because he's essentially using the space left by the Rule of Thirds to tell a story and create a context.
This painting focuses our attention to the building on the left due to its placement using the Rule of Thirds. Viewers are drawn to appreciate the brush strokes and colors because of this focus.
Both the pigeons and the Lady in this work of art get the spotlight due to the composition of this painting. This is appropriate as a representation of Dominik Skutecky's original title.
The Rule of Thirds allows Hilaire-Germain-Edgar-Degas to include more in the story of this painting without taking away from "The Star" of the night. I think it is a brilliant use of the rule.
Again, Skutecky has a very clear goal set by the title of his artwork, and each element is given its proper attention because of its placement using the Rule of Thirds.
I like how the Rule of Thirds is depicted here because the subject is actually facing out towards this open area as well. This helps the painting seem bigger, and definitely makes it more inclusive.
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