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PART 1FUNDAMENTALSCopyright © 2015 Thames & Hudson Chapter 1.8Emphasis and Focal Point
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PART 1FUNDAMENTALSGateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts, Second Edition,Debra J. DeWitte, Ralph M. Larmann, and M. Kathryn ShieldsPART 1FUNDAMENTALSChapter 1.8 Emphasis and Focal PointIntroductionEmphasis is the principle by which an artist draws attention to particular content; subordination is the oppositeA focal point is a specific place of visual emphasisEmphasis and focal point usually accentuate concepts, themes, or ideas the artist wants to express
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PART 1FUNDAMENTALSGateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts, Second Edition,Debra J. DeWitte, Ralph M. Larmann, and M. Kathryn ShieldsPART 1FUNDAMENTALSChapter 1.8 Emphasis and Focal PointEmphasisAn entire work, a broad area within a work of art, multiple areas, and even specific points can be emphasized
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PART 1FUNDAMENTALSGateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts, Second Edition,Debra J. DeWitte, Ralph M. Larmann, and M. Kathryn ShieldsPART 1FUNDAMENTALSChapter 1.8 Emphasis and Focal PointBroad EmphasisEmphasizes an entire work in its wholenessEmphasis encompasses a large area, but not quite the entire surfaceCan also occur when there are multiple elements within a work, but no one element dominates
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PART 1FUNDAMENTALSInteractive Exercises:Gateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts, Second Edition,Debra J. DeWitte, Ralph M. Larmann, and M. Kathryn ShieldsPART 1FUNDAMENTALSInteractive Exercises:Chapter 1.8 Emphasis and Focal PointEmphasis and Subordination
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Artwork: Agnes Martin,Starlight1.8.1 Agnes Martin,Starlight, 1963. Watercolor and ink on paper, 11¾ × 10½”. Private collection
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PART 1FUNDAMENTALSGateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts, Second Edition,Debra J. DeWitte, Ralph M. Larmann, and M. Kathryn ShieldsPART 1FUNDAMENTALSChapter 1.8 Emphasis and Focal PointAgnes Martin, StarlightMartin created an overall field of soft blue, superimposed with a uniform gridReflects her interest in Eastern philosophy and Taoism; she believed art could provide a sense of calm and meditation
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Artwork: Martin Puryear, C.F.A.O1.8.2 Martin Puryear, C.F.A.O., 2006–7. Painted and unpainted pine andfound wheelbarrow, 8’4¾” × 6’5½” × 5’1”. MoMA, New York
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PART 1FUNDAMENTALSGateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts, Second Edition,Debra J. DeWitte, Ralph M. Larmann, and M. Kathryn ShieldsPART 1FUNDAMENTALSChapter 1.8 Emphasis and Focal PointMartin Puryear,C.F.A.OThe wheelbarrow and pine structure contrast with the large area of emphasis: the white, mask-like shape in the centerThe mask mimics the designs of the Fang tribe of GabonThe piece is intended to recall French colonialism in West Africa
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Artwork: Jacob Lawrence, “John Brown…”1.8.3 Jacob Lawrence, “John Brown Remained a Full Winter in Canada, Drilling Negroes for His Coming Raid on Harpers Ferry (no.17)”, from Jacob Lawrence, The Life of John Brown (22 prints), 1977. Gouache and tempera on paper, 20 × 14”
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PART 1FUNDAMENTALSGateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts, Second Edition,Debra J. DeWitte, Ralph M. Larmann, and M. Kathryn ShieldsPART 1FUNDAMENTALSChapter 1.8
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