Analytical and Expressive Lines

Analytical and Expressive Line
Evett Jackson
29 Oct 10


Analytical lines are a type of line that is mathematically defined and logically organized. It is epitomize by the vertical and horizontal grip as different to the expressive line. The expressive line is a kind of line that seems to bounce directly from the artist's emotions or feeling- loose, gestural, and energetic-- epitomize by curvilinear forms; as opposite of a classical or analytic line.  
An example of expressive lines can be found in Vincent van Gogh’s paintings and one in particular that I read about in chapter 4 is called “Starry Night”, and this painting represented life and death as well as the towns and the heavens.   This artwork by van Gogh expressed a lot of his emotional feelings and what he’s been going through during this time period. It wasn’t long after this painting was complete that Vincent van Gogh shot himself in the chest and died shortly afterwards. Expressive lines may also have a connection with feminine qualities because these lines consist of curves and are not clearly seen.   They are also loose and less rational as well as less logical than analytical lines.  
An example of analytical lines can be found in Sol LeWitt paintings and one of his paintings in particular that was discussed in Chapter 4 of the reading is called “Wall Drawing No. 681 C”.   This is actually a drawing on a wall where the lines are precise, controlled and mathematically rigorous. Analytical lines are logical and precise and the artist creates these lines using math. Analytical lines also have a connection with masculinity because these lines have vertical and horizontal geometries that can identify with the form of a male.   These lines are very clear, logical and conformed together.
In conclusion, analytical and expressive lines are very different from one another simply because analytical lines are more defined and logical but expressive lines are not as defined and less logical....
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