Thursday, 23 June 2011
This painting is by French artist Paul Cezanne (1839-1906); the painting is An Old Woman with A Rosary (1895-1896). I have added red lines to the second image. The overall compositional structure is a triangle. When the triangle is on its base, there is stability to the painting. The top of the triangle will attract the most attention. In the large triangle from the bottom of the image, the apex is at the head of the woman. The bottom triangle’s apex is at the hands. Even without a triangular composition, viewers are first attracted to the head. After the head, viewers are attracted to the hands and then the figure. Use of other elements might alter the order of attraction. (H. Poore, Composition in Art; N. Goldstein, Design and Composition)
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