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        DEC 14, 1958

                                                (ANALYSIS)

      

            BRAQUE - THE MAUVE CLOTH (1936)

 

AT A FIRST GLANCE THIS STILL LIFE APPEARS TO

BE A CONGLOMERATION OF LINES WITH DIRECTIONS CULMINATING IN THE CENTER. HOWEVER, BRAQUE WORKS OUT THE COMPOSITION SO WELL THAT THE LINES PULL THE WHOLE THING TOGETHER TO FORM A SOLID AND WELL-BALANCED ARRANGEMENT.

 

THE CURVED LINES WHICH LINK TO THE CENTER FORM STRONG DIAGONALS WITHIN THE CIRCULAR DIRECTION OF THE CLOTH. THE STRONG HORIZONTAL LINE, WHICH SUGGESTS THE LINE OF A FLOOR, DIVIDES THE COMPOSITION JUST SLIGHTLY BELOW THE HALFWAY MARK. VERTICAL LINES ALSO DIVIDE THE WALL BEHIND THE STILL LIFE, BUT THE SUBTLE TONE STOPS THEM FROM DOMINATING THE PAINTING.

 

THESE STRAIGHT LINES SERVE AS A STRENGTHENING FORCE, WHICH HOLDS THE AMORPHOUS SHAPED LINES AND CURVES WITHIN THE STILL LIFE, TOGETHER.

   

 

Journal entry from 2D Class with John Kacere, Cooper Union

 

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