Formal Analysis of Art

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Formal Analysis of Art

By: Taly Johnson

Art 101

Instructor: Sandy Vargus

October 9th, 2009


    View van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” and Le Witt’s “Wall Drawing“.   Describe both paintings in terms of their lines.   What does each artist’s use of lines communicate about the artist’s personality and view of the world?

    With Vincent van Gogh’s paintings, you can see the expressive personality he had.   His lines are free and almost at times out of control. He seemed to be at war with himself and it came out in the paintings.   He may have been mad at the world for everything not going his way.   In “Starry Night” the chaos between the town and the sky or heavens makes you think about life and death and what they may bring.   His way of drawing the lines is in a sense his signature on his paintings.   Van Gough viewed the world as chaos and destruction giving the feel he was suffering and unhappy with life.

    With the Le Witt’s painting his lines are precise, organized and logical.   Mathematically rigorous and rationally organized to precision.   And since Le Witt works are usually put together by the museum staff it gives it an unique appearance each time it is put together.   Le Witt viewed the world thru precise calculations giving the feel he planned everything leaving nothing to chance.

    View Valazquez’s “Las Meninas” and describe the formal qualities of this work in terms of its organizing space.   Do the formal qualities working together create a particular effect?   If so, what is it and how is this accomplished?

    There is more here than meets the eye.   There is an air around the subjects, the room the are in, and even on us in a way.   I believe Velazquez exaggerated the natural inclination of our eyes to view things conically.   We have a cone vision of the clearest towards...