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Unformatted text preview: echniques In this painting about
the preparations for an
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
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
forms to make it
appealing to look
at and to touch.
Haniwa Horse. Japan,
Kofun Period, A.D.
66 71.8 22.9 cm
(26 281 4 9 ). The
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
21.6 cm (221 8
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
As used by modern artists, geometric
shapes and forms express less feeling
than other type...
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