Thursday, July 9, 2009

Composition - Neoclassicism

Neoclassicism went back to the Renaissance (i.e. Michelangelo) for their composition.

Gericault (1791-1824) packaged his figures into larger shape with no beginning or end, i.e. "The Wives of the Sultan," and "The Raft of the Medusa":

Gericault's composed were often based on X diagonals, or what some see as intersecting triangles.

Delacroix (1798-1863), a Romantic, admired Gericault for composition but he wasn't really that good. Delacroix went back to the Renaissance for his composition.

Delacroix painted back into areas to get brush strokes  i.e. still life.

Van Gogh got this idea from Delacroix.

Corot (1796-1875) built up an all warm painting, then added a warm blue, 

which therefore appears very cool, very colorful and brilliant (or vice versa).

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