The Texture of the Universe

How the use of texture provides identity to an image.

Still Life with Fruit and Decanter, Roger Fenton (English, 1819 - 1869), 1860, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
The use of texture in this image allows us to more clearly identify what the objects are.
Alexander Ceding Campaspe to Apelles, Jérôme-Martin Langlois (French, 1778 - 1838), 1819, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Texturing adds a depth of realism to images.
The Laundress (La Blanchisseuse), Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French, 1725 - 1805), 1761, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
It takes more than just lines and colors to help define an image. Texturing is that added thing.
A Design for a Title Page, Gerard van Nijmegen (Dutch, 1735 - 1808), 1801, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
While this image doesn't have much texturing; the shading in it provides some form.
Still Life with Peaches, a Silver Goblet, Grapes, and Walnuts, Jean-Siméon Chardin (French, 1699 - 1779), about 1759 - 1760, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
The texturing of this peach is mostly provided by a color change. Adding a sense of realism to the image.
Triptych of Mary and Child, St. Michael, and the Catherine, Jan van Eyck, 1437, From the collection of: Old Masters Picture Gallery, Dresden State Art Museums
The extreme texturing of the image in the middle makes this image almost photorealistic.
Man with pinks, Jan van Eyck (successors), around 1510, From the collection of: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
The texturing on this mans face and hands if has a very realistic touch.
Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata, Attributed to Jan van Eyck, Netherlandish (active Bruges), c. 1395 - 1441, 1430-1432, From the collection of: Philadelphia Museum of Art
At first glance, with the texturing on the monks robes, one could hardly tell whether this was a painting or photograph.
The dramaticuseofteturesinthisimagenotonlyprovideaninterestinglook,butalsoadramaticfeel
Doorway and Window of a Church, John Sell Cotman, undated, From the collection of: Yale Center for British Art
This image may not have any drastic texturing, but the subtle shading provides a great look for the walls of this image.
Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh, 1888, From the collection of: Musée d’Orsay, Paris
The texture and light changes in this image do a great job in describing water.
Dali, Kang, Hyung Koo, 1998, From the collection of: Korean Art Museum Association
The texturing on this image is impecable.  It give it a very realistic and 3 dimensional feel.
Three Chairs-Pondered About Van Gogh, Nam, Kyung Min, 2009, From the collection of: Korean Art Museum Association
The texturing on this floor does a very good job of describing wood.
Poplars near Nuenen, Vincent van Gogh, 1885, From the collection of: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
The color shifts and textures of this forest image are rather good. While they aren't very detailed they help the viewer identify with the image better.
The Rustic Lover, Francis Wheatley, 1786, From the collection of: Yale Center for British Art
The texturing on this image is very subtle. But it does do wonders for defining the walls in the background.
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