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Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Degas and his Compositional Structures in Paintings









Degas was a master artist of compositional structures. His paintings with complex, multiple forms were unified with values and other art elements. In his painting, The Cotton Exchange, Degas joined his many figures with dark values. In the gray scale image, examine the man in the foreground. The dark hat overlaps and joins the table’s dark edge. His arm overlaps the leg of the table. The man at the front right of the canvas joins with the dark shelf. The single figure at the left is alone but he is linked with the door’s edge and the items in the window. Select a dark value and follow it around the master’s painting.

In the painting of the dancers, Degas left an empty space in the center of the painting. This was a unique design. The dancers are placed around the edge of the painting. The chair is placed on a diagonal to move us into the painting and toward the teacher. Light to light middle tone values of the dance studio unite the painting.

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