Composition: Understanding Line, Notan and Color (Google eBook)

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Courier Corporation, Mar 13, 2012 - Art - 144 pages
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At the turn of the twentieth century, Arthur Wesley Dow literally "wrote the book" on composition—and this is it! Dow's Composition exercised an enormous influence on emerging modern artists of a century ago. A thought-provoking examination of the nature of visual representation, it remains ever-relevant to all the visual arts.
A well-known painter and printmaker, Dow taught for many years at Columbia University and acted as a mentor to countless young artists, including Georgia O'Keeffe. His text, presented in a workbook format, offers teachers and students a systematic approach to composition. It explores the creation of freely constructed images based on harmonic relations between lines, colors, and dark and light patterns. The author draws upon the traditions of Japanese art to discuss a theory of "flat" formal equilibrium as an essential component of pictorial creation. Practical and well-illustrated, this classic guide offers valuable insights into modern design.

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User Review  - George - Goodreads

A workbook dated 1912, first published 1899, the author was a Georgia O'Keeffe mentor. Because it was written in the language of a century ago and it is a workbook, it required considerable ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marjorie Elwood - Goodreads

Georgia O'Keeffe read this book and subsequently began painting again. It's a wonderful discussion about art as beauty, as opposed to strict realism. Read full review

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Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922) was a painter, printmaker, and writer. He chaired the Department of Fine Arts at Teachers College of Columbia University from 1904 until his death. Joseph Masheck is a well-known art critic and Professor of Art History at Hofstra University.

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