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Simplicity to Complexity in terms of line . . . The Obvious STRAIGHT HORIZONTAL VERTICAL DIAGONAL Barnett Newman, Dionysius , 1944, 67x49in. Barnett Newman, Yellow Painting , 1949 Barnett Newman, Untitled (The Cry), 36x24in., ink on paper Giotto, Pieta ( Lamentation) fresco

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Simplicity to Complexity

in terms of line . . .


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The Obvious

STRAIGHT

HORIZONTAL

VERTICAL

DIAGONAL


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Barnett Newman, Dionysius, 1944, 67x49in.


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Barnett Newman, Yellow Painting, 1949


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Barnett Newman, Untitled (The Cry), 36x24in., ink on paper


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Giotto, Pieta(Lamentation)fresco

BOLD DIAGONAL

Late Gothic/ Early Renaissance from 1305


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CaravaggioThe Calling of St. Matthew,1599-1600


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Gentileschi,Judith Slaying Holofernes,1620


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Lines can be implied. . .


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IMPLIED LINES

Not really there but guide the eye or organize the image


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Note lines implied by directional gazes

Diego Rivera, The Flower Carrier, 1935, 48x48 in.


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Pierre-Auguste RenoirLe déjeuner des canotiers, 1880–1881Oil on canvas, 129.5 × 172.7 cm


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Morandi, GiorgioStill Life (The Blue Vase)1920Oil on canvas

The blue lines point out . . .

IMPLIED LINES


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Morandi, GiorgioStill Life (The Blue Vase)1920Oil on canvas

implied


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Schiele, EgonSeated Girl1911Watercolor and pencil48 x 31.5 cm


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Caravaggio, Supper at Emmaus, c.1601


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Kenneth Noland, Thrust, 196345 x 45 in.


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A VENETIAN WOMANJohn Singer Sargent (American, b.1856, d.1925)1882oil on canvas93 3/4 x 52 1/2 in. (238.1 x 133.4 cm)


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A VENETIAN WOMANJohn Singer Sargent (American, b.1856, d.1925)1882oil on canvas93 3/4 x 52 1/2 in. (238.1 x 133.4 cm)

Lines used to create emphasis



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Hokusai, KatsushikaThe Great Wave Off KanagawaFrom "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji"1823-29Color woodcut10 x 15 in.


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Jean Honore Fragonard, The Bathers, 1761


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Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1970


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This “artless” scribble

  • Defines an area

  • Creates an illusion of depth (volume)


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Look again …


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Brice MardenAmerican, born Bronxville, New York, 1938Cold Mountain 2, 1989-1991Oil on linen, 108 1/8 x 144 1/4 in.


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What lines lurk in this texture?


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Jackson Pollock, Lavendar Mist No. 1, 1950



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Clyfford Still, work . . .1957, No.1


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Georgia O’Keeffe, work . . .Red, White and Blue, 1931


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The Obvious Again work . . .

STRAIGHT

CURVED – SMOOTH, JAGGED


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Curved, smooth work . . .

Johann KoerbeckeGerman, c. 1420 - 1491The Ascension, 1456/1457tempera on panel, 92.7 x 64.8 cm (36 1/2 x 25 1/2 in.)

Jagged

Jagged, zig-zag

straight


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Clyfford Still work . . .American, 1904 - 19801948-C, (1948)Oil on canvas80 7/8 x 68 3/4 in.

complex contour lines formed by these complex shapes


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Lines create or imply work . . .shapes

Shapes can be open or closed

Lines around a shape are CONTOUR lines


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SHAPE work . . .

open/closed

geometric/

biomorphic or organic


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an work . . .openshape, a biomorphic form

Picasso, Femme


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Frank Stella, work . . .Wolfeboro II, 1966

closed, geometric


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THE UPSTAIRS work . . .Charles Sheeler (American, b.1883, d.1965)1938oil on canvas19 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. (49.5 x 32.4 cm)

Lines create planes; planes suggest volume


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VOLUME work . . .

LINE  SHAPE  VOLUME

Implied in painting; actual in sculpture


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Kenneth Snelson work . . .Rador, 1975brass & stainless steel21 x 17 x 6 inches


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Kenneth Snelson work . . .American, born Pendleton, Oregon, 1927Needle Tower,1968Aluminum and stainless steel720 x 243-1/2 x 213-3/8 in.


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Rodin work . . .Balzac


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Frank Lloyd Wright, work . . .Fallingwater, 1936-7


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Volumes work . . .

CA

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C R E A T E

LINES


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Frank Lloyd Wright, work . . .Fallingwater, 1936-37


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Frank Gehry, work . . .Disney Concert Hall


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Frank Gehry, work . . .Disney Concert Hall


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Frank Gehry, work . . .Disney Concert Hall



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Henry Moore work . . .Knife Edge Mirror Two Piece1976-1978, bronze534.5 x 721.1 x 363.1 cm (210 1/2 x 284 x 143 in.)


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Bird work . . ., 1940

Bird in Space, 1923Constantin Brancusi (French, born Romania, 1876–1957)Marble; (with base) H. 56-3/4, Diam. 6-1/2 in.


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Brancusi work . . .Adam and Eve1921


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BOTTOM LINE work . . .

The concept of line plays a role in compositions of music and art, ranging from the simple to the complex.


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ON HANDOUT work . . .

LINE

What is a line in Art?

Line – a series of points; an area whose length is considerably greater than its width; an indication of direction, an apparent movement. A line is a point moved or moving through space. This applies to drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, clay/pottery, and architecture.

Characteristics of lines: lines can be actual or implied; a line which denotes or describes an outside edge of an object is a contour line. A contour line divides the plane or delineates an edge of a volume.

A directional line points or moves the eye in a particular direction. Horizontal – often read as across, quiet, stable. Vertical: reaching up, spiritual, uplifting, rising. Diagonal: dynamic, moving.

Lines can be interpreted as having expressive qualities; particular qualities – thick or thin, weighty or straight, hard-edged or soft – can indicate moods or feelings.


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