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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Studies of vertically and horizontally constructed compositions

In sketchbook, Dated Nov 8th 2011. Drawn out a DAVID BOMBERG landscape composition - to study the effect

Three Horizontal lines with echoes in tones that reflect and modulate with the strong and dynamic diagonals he is known for.
Broadly uses the 'thirds' sections but the patterning of the landscape ' latticework' creates strength and interest.

Sketch of a EUAN UGLOW painting, 'Nude with Dog' 1998, has three clear horizontal lines running through the picture with almost flat block colours.
It works as a powerful counterpoise to the angular prostrate figure linking through with the triangular shapes of arms and legs.

Having browsed through the works of Gauguin, Matisse, Sickert, and contemporary painters both landscape and portrait, it is so revealing how the subject itself demands the composition!
MATTHEW SMITH has barely any verticals and horizontal lines running through or even linking through colour because of the figurative expressiveness. DAPHNE TODD has lots of structural anchors in her portraits using windows, doors, curtains in a representational manner.

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