Pictorial Composition (Composition in Art) (Dover Art Instruction)
A painting’s technique, color, and perspective may all be excellent, yet the painting will fail unless its composition succeeds. Composition is the harmonious arranging of the component parts of a work of art into a unified whole. Henry Poore examines the works of old masters and moderns in this book and uses these examples to give an explanation for the principles of compositions in art.
All the paintings that the writer analyzes are illustrated in the text — 166 illustrations, including 9 in full color. Thirty-two diagrams by the writer accompany his textural discussion of such topics as the importance of balance, entrance and exit, circular remark, angular composition, composition with a number of units, and light and shade. Balance is an important of these topics, and it is thought of as in the greatest detail — balance of the steelyard, vertical and horizontal balance, and so forth. A complete index enables the reader to locate his own specific areas of interest.
To see how a painting by Cézanne, Goya, or Hopper, for instance, follows definite principles of composition allows the practicing artist or art student to be told composition from the finest instructors — the artists themselves. This book may be very useful to the art devotee, who will find his appreciation of the subject greatly enhanced.