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This painting uses a type of implied line known as line of sight. The frightened and powerless people of Pompeii can do nothing but gaze directly at the horrible show of Earth's unforgiving, volcanic eruption.
In this artwork, you see a crane standing with it's wing up.The border between the black and gray parts of the wing create and actual line. Also, the legs of this crane are great examples of actual lines.
In this painting there is a predominate shape being made when the lines and different colors intersect. They are creating squares and rectangles, which are polygons. They almost seem to portray a structural feel about this painting.
The dresses these two ladies are wearing, create flowing curved lines that do not represent any certain shape. From a distance, the two sets of fabric just look like blobs of paint that could be flowers. but once you look closely you will see that it is not.
Complimentary colors are colors on the color wheel that are opposite of each other. Although they are opposites, the yellow-orange and blue hues go together quite nicely. It has the same effect as if it was black and white which are two very opposite colors.
Analogous colors on the color wheel are adjacent to each other or next to one another. On the color wheel green is next to both blue and yellow. The sky is blue in this piece and the trees are green and the Rye grass is a shade of yellow. They seem to bring each other together because green is made by mixing blue and yellow together.
The painting of this girl is not painted in real life colors of humans. The green hue of her skin is not at all like the flesh color of our skin.
We can clearly see that the trees and shrubs that cover all of the mountains are green at a close distance. At a far distance the mountains and trees seem to look blue because of the atmospheric perspective. Blue is the perceptual color in this case.
The artist uses a few techniques to create an illusion of depth in this work. First of all, the illusion of depth is when an artist makes a two dimensional piece of artwork seem to have depth or three dimensional qualities. He uses diagonal lines going towards the center of the work . the river is the diagonal line. Also he makes the people at the top of the painting smaller than the close up ones. this creates depth.
Positive spaces are the main shape we look at in a work of art and the negative spaces surround the shape and can create its own unique picture if your view of the positive space is taken away. The white metal pipes of these radiators are positive space the black lines in between each white pipe make up the negative space.
Actual texture is the physically noticeable ridges and bumps and other feeling words that you can touch on the work. although a two dimensional image cannot let you feel how the work feels, this carving in limestone is immediatly seen as being covered with different bumps and ridges and valleys carved in the soft rock.
Implied texture is when the finish or design of a piece of art is meant to describe so how that thing really looks and feels. The mountains in this sketch have many lines drawn vertically leading us to believe the slopes are steep. They also tell us they could be rough and uneven. The cloud above the landscape also has vertical lines in it some are close together . this tells us that the cloud could be dense and very tall in the atmosphere.
Monochromatic color is when the whole work is done in different shades of the same color. The shading is done in blue in this picture until its gets so blue that it appears black.
Hatching is when you can shade or color an area with closely placed parallel lines. Cross hatching uses the same concept of hatching but uses perpendicular lines to create volume as their space between lines increases or decreases. The crosshatching and hatching used in this work seem to create bumps creating volume. It also looks as if there is something flowing in this work.
Chiaroscuro is the balance of light and shade in a picture. Most artists try to show of their skill with this by creating round shapes like human heads and perfectly shading them from front to back ,light to dark. The artist does a great job of this by giving the front of her head a lighter appearence and slowly getting darker as we follow back to her hair.
Repetition of certain shapes in this rug create a pattern that can be seen in the whole rug. If we were to make this rug bigger we would imply that the pattern would continue repeating itself. This is what we view as a pattern.
The symmetrical balance of something occurs when you can divide the structure or artwork into halves and both sides with line up equally and perfect. Every little person and even the parts of the main figure in the middle will line up perfectly with each side if you could fold it.
Radial balance is where everything in the work seems to radiate out towards the edges of a circular work from the center of the work. Where the cross looking part has a origin is the center of this piece of bronze. all of the points and cut out spots are equidistant from the center creating balance.
Asymmetrical balance where the line of symmetry is not always in the middle bisecting the work. One side can be dark and seem heavy and the other side can be light but be expansive seeming to balance the weight of the dark area.Our eyes are drawn to the right side of this painting where the people and trees are residing. But the plains and hills to the distance seem to even it out creating balance.
Contrast is when a difference in color helps distinguish different parts of a painting. The side the lady in white is on has a lot more bright colors such as white.Thus, helping distinguish her and the feminine side of the room from the black clothed male in the room. He has a darker background behind him creating a darker mood. They contrast each other.
Movement is a principle of art that makes the eye flow from one side to the other through a piece. In this painting if you start at one corner your eye will be drawn elsewhere because of the chaos that is happening you can't focus on just on point you visually move from one part to the other, thus creating movement.
Emphasis occurs when the surroundings and background of a painting are colored in a way to make a object seem brighter that then becomes the focal point of the work. In this painting the duller background lets us focus more on the bright blue cloth with the two white pieces of sculpture. Thus creating emphasis on the blue cloth.
Scale is the ratio of what size it appears to be on the work and to the size it is in real life. As we can see , the human skulls are a known size because we as humans are used to seeing heads everyday. The trees seem to be small in comparison to the bones but as we know in real life trees are larger . This Painting is an excellent representation of Scale.
Proportion is how we tell the size of something by comparing already known sizes of objects with objects in the work itself that have unknown sizes. In this picture we find that the rock in which the people escaping the great flood are traveling is extremely large and a big climb.
Repetition is putting the same thing on a painting over and over again. In a certain pattern you can create a visually pleasing rhythm of the same thing over and over again but with some different. In this work each house has the same facade and a set of stairs in front of them. But with different colors and use of shading the artist creating a rhythm among these riverside homes.
Unity is when all the little and big pieces of a whole piece of art seem to come together to create a "unified" piece or a single piece. The almost identical copies of each detail on this painting create a unified look because there are at least two things in the whole work that work together.
Variety is the multiple different kinds of a certain thing like shape or color that are in varying order. In this painting every body has a face but they are all different . They all have the same feet but they are different colors. There are three sections to this piece and each section has different bodies and amounts and colors of them in each one. This conveys variety very well.
Representational works look more and more like their real life copies when viewed lots of times. We know how a sunset should look in real life and this painting depicts it very well. The artist does a wonderful job of creating a painting that looks as if it was a photograph or a visual memory one has.
Abstract art uses many kinds of the properties of art to create a picture that may have a degree of independence from visual references in the world. In this painting the shapes and colors are purposely done this way to create wonder and use of imagination of what it might stand for.
Non Representational means that it does not stand for anything in specific or even real. The shapes in this picture don't seem to symbolize anything that we can understand by just looking at it without background knowledge.
Vincent van Gogh, an artist from Holland, innovated what we know today as post-Impressionism works. His paintings in his early life contained lots of dark colors and dim scenes. When he became interested in impressionism his work took on a lighter more vibrant look. He did more landscapes with flowers and fields. In The Starry Night van Gogh shows off these tasteful views of art that impressionists have. He gave the moon and stars very vibrant outlines and did the landscape in a bright blue.
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