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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Use of Color, Saturation & Value to Create Movement in Art. Degas' Paintings



I have said it is important to use the elements of art to create movement through a painting. French artist, Edgar Degas was a master of composition and would move the viewers’ eyes through his paintings. Degas used a number of techniques, i.e. intensity (saturation), value (gray scale), direction to create movement. In Degas’ above painting, Three Dancers in Yellow Skirts (1891), Degas used the same saturation of colors to create movement. Saturation (intensity) of a color is the purity of a color. Degas repeated the intensity of the muted red tops. The artist also repeated the muted blue green design on the dresses. The dancers’ skirts are also similar in value; in particular the skirts of the last two dancers connect with identical values. Degas also used diagonal direction of values to move the eyes, i.e. dancers’ skirts & tops.

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