A painting's technique, color, and perspective may all be excellent, yet the painting will fail unless its composition succeeds. Composition is the harmonious arranging of the component parts of a work of art into a unified whole. Henry Poore examines the works of old masters and moderns in this book and uses these examples to explain the principles of compositions in art.
All the paintings that the author analyzes are illustrated in the text—166 illustrations, including 9 in full color. Thirty-two diagrams by the author accompany his textural discussion of such topics as the importance of balance, entrance and exit, circular observation, angular composition, composition with one or more units, and light and shade. Balance is the most important of these topics, and it is considered in the greatest detail—balance of the steelyard, vertical and horizontal balance, and so on. A complete index enables the reader to locate his own specific areas of interest.
To see how a painting by Cézanne, Goya, or Hopper, for example, follows definite principles of composition allows the practicing artist or art student to learn composition from the finest instructors—the artists themselves. This book is also very useful to the art devotee, who will find his appreciation of the subject greatly enhanced.
Amazing resource! A great introduction for folks who work best in the studio using clear terms to define and plan their compositions. Read morePublished 9 months ago by joojoobee
This book unlocks the mysteries of composition. I have been painting for many years, and this is an eye opener.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Other than values, an images composition is thee most crucial aspect of a painting, photo, drawing, etc A uninteresting subject with the correct values and composition can become... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Chris
Nice book. I wish I'd had it much, much sooner. But then, that's hey way of most things, when you are my age (70+) and just starting out in a new direction. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Anschel V.
Ok, I am the "odd -man-out" compared to the other reviews. I found this book hard to understand and the pictures hard to see. I like M. Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by John B. Lankford
Published in 1976, this is not a new book, and it lacks the glossy color printing that I usually look for in an art book. Otherwise, I'd probably give it a higher rating. Read morePublished on July 8, 2011 by Alaskaguy
nathan goldstein's design & composition contains more info on composition without mixing the elements of design into structure. Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by S. o'neal