In the Name of Picasso
 
Pablo Picasso, Composition with Guitar Player and Violin, 1913.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real and Ideal
Ideal on top
"Real" on bottom, where it is closest to the viewer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caravaggio, David with the Head of Goliath, 1610.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Given and New
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birth of Venus

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, c. 1484 - 1486.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portia Wounding Her Thigh
Center and Margin
 
 
Elisabetta Sirani, Portia Wounding Her Thigh, 1664.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelangelo, The Creation of Adam, Sistine Chapel ceiling, 1508 - 1512.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreground and Background
 
 
Lee Friedlander, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1968.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M.C. Escher, Sky, Water, 1938.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proximity and Presence
 
 
Vija Celmins, Untitled, 1970.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rene Magritte, Personal Values, 1952.
Vija Celmins with Untitled

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before and After
 
Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel ceiling, 1508 - 1512.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sistine Chapel Ceiling Diagram of Imagery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past, Present, Future
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fast and Slow
 
 
Grunewald, Isenheim Altarpiece shutters, 1515.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harold Edgerton, Milk Drop Coronet, 1936.
Harold Edgerton, Bullet Through a Queen, 1964.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcel Duchamp, Nude Descending a Staircase, 1912.
Gerhard Richter, Ema, 1966.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compositions
Space (object)
Time (temporal)
 
Placement (where something is located)
  • Perceived location
  • Arrangement
  • Viewpoint
  • Orientation
 
Presence (what something is)
Relationship between objects in composition
  • Number
  • Tone
  • Size
  • Texture
  • Color
  • Movement
  • Contrast
  • Arrangement
  • Shape
  • Transparency
  • Detail
  • Demandingness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(More on) The Formal Elements of Presence
   
  • Number:
    Many / Few
  • Texture:
    Rough/Smooth
  • Size:
    Large / Small
  • Movement:
    Static / Dynamic
  • Color:
    Bright / Dull
  • Arrangement:
    Organized / Disorganized
  • Contrast:
    High / Low
  • Transparency:
    Clear / Unclear
  • Shape:
    Regular / Irregular
  • Demandingness:
    Simple / Complex
  • Detail:
    Fine / Course
 
  • Shape:
    Regular / Irregular
  • Proximity:
    Together / Apart
  • Tone:
    Light / Dark
  • Balance:
    Symmetry / Asymmetry
Gerhard Richter, September, 2005.