Formal Analysis of Art ART/101 July 17, 2011 Formal Analysis of Art There are a lot of differences between expressive and analytical lines in art. Analytical lines are mathematically rigorous, precise, controlled, logical, and rational. Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing No. 681 is one of the examples of analytical line. (Sayre, 2010). Expressive lines are less logical, free, loose, and somewhat out of control. Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “The Starry Night” is an example of art using expressive lines. (Sayre, 2010). Generally, analytical lines are very precise and very logical.
The characteristics of the analytical lines are more closely associated with a male form while expressive lines are less logical and it is intended more on female form. Such connections associated with the lines and how they are employed, is shown the female form and the masculinity that reflects the cultural bias of art, such as the Greeks view of the male form being rational and strong with a great detail applied to show the beauty and aesthetic order, whereas the female form is displayed as emotional and weak in the relation of expressive lines.
The painting Las Meninas by Diego Velasquez that has qualities that makes it very interesting to view. For example, I am observing the above listed painting through a formal analysis of it, and interpretations of my understandings and concluded with the observations. The artist has portrayed an image of girls in the midst. Second, an artists working on a painting that reflects the painting background, while the image on the mirror on the very back wall depicts what appears to be the King and Queen.
Just as the mirror used to attract the viewer’s visibility and many illusionistic effects is the formal qualities used by Diego Velasquez; it also portrays reflections of images outside the view. The artist used three primary focal-points including reflected mirrored images, half-length, and self-portrait. However, the depth and dimensions of the painting has been block; this has been achieved through the use of tones, color, layers and shapes to overlap the effects.
The painting Nighthawks by Edward Hopper are also interesting but it is simpler than Las Meninas. After observing, I have concluded with my observations and with my understandings that in this painting the artists have portrayed cafe with people that appear to be physically and emotionally unattached. The backgrounds are a building that give the dark inside and also gives the presence of the nightfall. While the bright light insider the diner draws and make light to the details inside the diner. The darkish lighting outside the diner suggests being nightfall.
The artist has achieved many effects through the use of rich colors and vibrant. In addition to this, the attention of the viewer’s attracts towards the people. The clean accomplished of the artists for this painting has combined the vibrant and rich colors to the apparent depth. Very well organized setting effect and well-structured also. Furthermore, the bright and vibrant contrasts of the cafe that title clearly depict nightfall. Reference Sayre, H. M. (2010). A World of Art. Sixth ed. Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, NJ