Andre Derain London Bridge

Topics: Fauvism, Dimension, Henri Matisse Pages: 3 (858 words) Published: September 11, 2010
Cheryl Alberti
Art Appreciation - Midterm
September 5th, 2010

“Andre Derain, London Bridge”

Visual Elements

Line - I believe implied lines were used in this painting. Some edges are clear with a defined start and finish. The line weight varies. The lines also vary in width and length. Mostly straight lines with a few curves. Shape - The shapes range from rectangles, arches, and squares, to blurs that appear to be buildings in the far back corner. Mass - I believe the mass is actual. The Bridge itself is the bulk of the artwork, its mass size stretches across the painting. Space - Space is created by the placement of the bridge and the buildings in the background.

1. Two Dimensional - The water and the boats appear to be two dimensional. I see a lot of three dimensional in the painting. The bridge has height, width, and depth as well as the buildings in the background.

2. Illusion of Depth - The tunnels under the bridge imply depth. The buildings in the background and the end of the bridge near them show diminishing size in two directions even the boat in the back of the painting isn’t as large as the one in the front. The bridge and the boat in the front have been placed vertical while the buildings are horizontally placed.

3. Perspective - The artist uses perspective technique to create an illusion of three dimension on a two dimension surface. Using variation between sizes of depicted subjects, overlapping some of them and placing those that are on the depicted ground as lower when nearer and higher when deeper. Linear perspective - Derain creates the illusion of spatial depth on a two dimensional surface. We can see parallel lines as converging in the distance. The lines of the bridges are slanted inward making them appear to extend back into space. The same with the buildings the lines extend back to a vanishing point. Atmospheric or Aerial perspective - An Atmospheric haze is used in this particular piece of art. The...
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