Composition : A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers (Reprint)


Composition : A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers (Reprint)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 177 p.
  • 言語 ENG
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First published in 1899.

Full Description

First published in 1899, Arthur Wesley Dow's "Composition" has probably influenced more Americans than any other text to think of visual form and composition in relation to artistic modernity. While Dow is known as the mentor of Georgia O'Keeffe and Max Weber, his legacy as a proponent of modern art has suffered undeserved neglect by recent artists and art historians. In "Composition" Dow develops a system for teaching students to create freely constructed images on the basis of harmonic relations between lines, colors, and dark and light patterns. Greatly influenced by Japanese art, he expounds a theory of "flat" formal equilibrium as an essential component of telling pictorial creation. Generations of teachers and their public school pupils learned from Dow's orientalism and adopted basic postimpressionist principles without even knowing the term. The reappearance of Dow's practical, well-illustrated guide, enhanced by Joseph Masheck's discussion of its historical ramifications, is an important event for all concerned with the visual arts and the intellectual antecedents of American modernism.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION                                       1
Joseph Masheck
Color Illustrations (Nos. 8, 9, 63-69) Following Page 90
I. Line, Notan, Color 67 (6)
II. Japanese materials and brush practice 73 (2)
Lines by Masters 75
Brush drawings 77,156,159
III. Ways of creating harmony 79 (12)
Opposition 79 (1)
Transition 80 (1)
Subordination 81 (1)
Repetition 82 (4)
Symmetry 86 (5)
LINE 91 (22)
IV. Composition in Squares and Circles 91 (6)
V. Composition in Rectangles--Variation 97 (6)
Pottery forms 101, 102(1)
VI. Landscape Composition 103(6)
VII. Composition in Representation 109(4)
NOTAN 113(48)
VIII. Harmony-building with Dark-and-Light 113(6)
IX. Two Values, Variations--Design 119(10)
Flower compositions 122(5)
Textile patterns and rugs 127(2)
X. Two Values, Landscape and Pictures 129(6)
Spotting, Notan of Pictures 130(3)
Sketches from Nature 133(2)
XI. Two Values--Gothic Sculpture, Japanese 135(8)
Design books, Applications of two values
XII. Three Values 143(6)
Landscape and pictures 144(1)
Applications, three values 145(4)
XIII. More than three values 149(12)
Illustration 150(1)
Etching 150(1)
Pen Drawing 150(5)
Pencil Sketching 155(1)
Ink Painting 156(5)
COLOR 161(12)
XIV. Color Theory 161(6)
Hue 162(1)
Notan of Color 163(1)
Intensity 164(3)
XV. Color derived from Notan 167(2)
XVI. Color schemes from Japanese prints 169(4)
and from textiles
Application to design 170(1)
Copying color from textiles 171(2)
XVII. In Design and Painting 173(4)
Wood Block Printing 173(1)
on paper 174(1)
on cloth 174(1)
Picture Printing 174(1)
Stencilling 175(1)
Colored Charcoal 176(1)
Painting in full color 176(1)
Conclusion 177