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October 12, 2011 / caswelld

Un Petit Examen!

Explain the concept of composition.

Composition is how everything goes together in a painting or the placement of various elements with in the painting.  The cat in Olympia is part of its composition and the line drawing of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is part of that paintings composition.

Name two ways an artist can show depth without a vanishing point.

One way an artist can show depth in a painting without a vanishing point is through perspective.  For example, if the width of a table decreases as it goes, one might see the table getting further away. Another way to show depth without a vanishing point is to use colors to show depth.  An example of this is Paul Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire where the mountain and the sky are darker shards of blue and located in the background, the town is a light green and earth tones and is located in the mid-ground and the foreground is made up of dark greens.  The foreground is at the bottom, the mid-ground is in the middle and the background is at the top.  Despite the painting having no vanishing point and no perspective, the colors show depth.

Name one “goal” of Modern Art.

Modern Arts goal is to force a victory of form over content and to force the observer to think about the meaning behind each work rather then simply acting as a window to a scene.

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