The Power of the Center: A Study of Composition in the Visual Arts

Couverture
University of California Press, 1 janv. 1983 - 249 pages
The tension between two systems for understanding and picturing space, the concentric and the Cartesian, is regarded by the author as the key to composition in painting, sculpture and architecture
 

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THE STRONGEST CENTER AND ITS RIVALS
10
The Pull of Gravity 10 The Viewer as a Dynamic Center 12 Looking
36
Comprehension Requires Boundaries 42 Once More the Viewer
49
Various Formats 60 The Limits of Sculpture 62 Competition for
63
The Center Contributes Stability 72 Playing Around the Center
78
THE INVISIBLE PIVOT
92
Horizontal Compositions 102 Diagonals Support and Divide
106
TONDO AND SQUARE
115
Floating Shapes 115 Responses to the Round Frame 119 The Tondo
135
A Square by Munch
151
Vectors Control Meaning 154 Kinds of Nodes 155 The Human
167
Objects Behaving in Space 172 The Added View of Projection
181
The Charting of the Vista 185 Looking into Odd Spaces 194 The
207
The Pattern in Elevation and Plan 210 Full ThreeDimensionality
224
Glossary
237
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