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Unformatted text preview: echniques In this painting about the preparations for an old-fashioned Thanksgiving feast, Doris Lee has used all six perspective techniques. The lines in the diagram of the painting indicate one example of each technique. Can you find more examples of the six techniques in the painting? FIGURE 5.27 Doris Lee. Thanksgiving. 1935. Oil on canvas. 71.1 101.6 cm (28 40 ). The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Logan Prize Fund (1935.313). 116 CHAPTER 5 Shape, Form, and Space LESSON 5 What Different Shapes, Forms, and Spaces Express S hapes, forms, and spaces in art convey certain feelings. This is possible because you associate them with similar shapes, forms, and spaces in real life. When you see a certain shape or form in a work of art, you may think of an object from real life. Any feelings you have about that object will affect your feelings about the artistic work. Artists use this relationship between art and the environment to generate these feelings in the viewer. Outline and Surface The outline of a shape and the surface of a form carry messages. Artists often use free-form shapes and forms to symbolize living things. When they want to please and soothe viewers, they use shapes and forms with smooth, curved outlines and surfaces (Figure 5.28). Forms that remind us of well-worn river rocks or curled-up kittens tempt us to touch them. These forms are comfortable. They appeal to us through our memories of pleasant touching experiences. Angular shapes with zigzag outlines and forms with pointed projections remind us of sharp, jagged things (Figure 5.29). We remember the pain caused by broken glass and sharp knives. We would never carelessly grab a pointed, angular form. If we were to touch it at all, we would do so very carefully. FIGURE 5.28 The artist who created this horse used rounded forms to make it appealing to look at and to touch. Haniwa Horse. Japan, Kofun Period, A.D. 300–550. Earthenware. 66 71.8 22.9 cm (26 281 4 9 ). The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The John R. Van Derlip Fund and Gift of anonymous St. Paul Friends. FIGURE 5.29 This sculpture is based on the skeleton of a prehistoric bird. How many bird body parts can you identify? How do the sharp points on its teeth, head, and tail make you feel about this work? David Smith. The Royal Bird. 1947–48. Steel, bronze, stainless steel. 56.2 151.9 21.6 cm (221 8 5913 16 81 2 ). Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Gift of T. B. Walker. Art © Estate of David Smith/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. LESSON 5 What Different Shapes, Forms, and Spaces Express 117 Geometric shapes suggest mechanical perfection. It is impossible to draw a perfect circle freehand. The special appeal of geometric shapes and forms has been felt throughout the ages. Their lines, contours, and surfaces are clean and crisp. This appeals to people’s sense of order. As used by modern artists, geometric shapes and forms express less feeling than other type...
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