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Rhythm within Visual Art

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Lindsey Malcolm

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Salvador Dali. The Persistence of Memory. 1931. Oil on Canvas.
Rhythm, Visual Art:
regularized or disorderly movement that is produced by unifying separate elements or parts of a composition
Rhythm within Visual Art
- Component of movement

- One significant gesture relating to another

- Dynamic spirit, feeling, or attitude demonstrated by a motion or pose.

- Abstract gestural movement

Fusing different flat shapes of contrasting colors and sizes interweaves a composition, and guides the eye through the clashing and varying elements of a piece.

- Repetition with interval results in pattern

- Rhythm is not another word for pattern

- Plays a key role in the visual arts

-Pattern functions differently from Rhythm & is not a requirement of Rhythm

-light: "organizing the world into rhythmical arrangements"

-highlights some parts, shades others

-to create tone and unity
Frank Stella Thruxton 1982
Repeating occurrence of elements with variation

Cypresses (1889)
Vincent Van Gogh

Starry Night

Van Gogh

June 1889

-movement of subject or our eyes connecting the parts

-always has been a part of art, a part of every image

Vuokko Nurmesniemi



Brane Vidmar
June 2006

Cave painting. Lascaux, France. c. 15,000-10,000 B.C.
- Every texture embodies different series of characteristics.
-Using different materials to depict rhythm

-Autumn Mist
-Fibers, woven linen, wood
- Tangled rhythm

Lindsey Malcolm
Carla Llaneza
Alexa Kelly
Chloe DeChellis

- Creates motion and tone
- Sense of delicacy and intricacy
- Negative space also known as interspaces

-Van Gogh's Cypresses
-The sky is set in motion
-shadows and highlights used with quick strokes

Stone Towers
Zaha Hadid Architects
May 2009
Location: Cairo, Egypt

Work Cited
-Cave painting. Painting. MinJaeMaeng's Portfolio. n.d. Web. 31 Aug. 2013.
-Dali, Salvador. The Persistence of Memory. 1931. Museum of Modern Art, New York. Web. 31 Aug. 2013.
-Grau-Garriga, Joseph. Calitja de Tardor (Autumn Mist). 1977. Tapestry of linen, jute, hemp, and wood. Arras Gallery, New York. Web. 2 Sep 2013.
-Hopper, Edward. Early Sunday Morning. 1930. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Web. 31 Aug. 2013
-Kimble, James J. and Lester C. Olson. "Visual Rhetoric Representing Rosie the Riveter" Rhetoric and Public Affairs. Winter 2006: 533-69. Projest MUSE. 31 Aug. 2013.
-Matisse, Henri. Interior with Goldfish. 1911. Painting. Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. Web. 2 Sep 2013.
-Matise, Henri. Odalisque with Tambourine. 1926, Norton Simon, Museum. Pasadena. Web. 31 Aug. 2013
-Nemett, Barry. Images, Objects, and Ideas. "Rhythm" Brown & Benchmark Pub, 1994. 180-209. Print.
-Rose Window. n.d. The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York. Web. 31 Aug. 2013.
-Skoglund, Sandy. Revenge of the Goldfish. 1981. Painting. Lorence-Monk Gallery, New York. Web. 2 Sep 2013.
-"Written History: The Second Phase 1911-1941" St. John Divine. The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine., n.d. 31 Aug. 2013

Mandolin and Guitar

Pablo Picasso


Composition VIII

Wassily Kandinsky

July 1923

Rhythm simplifies a complex arrangement of shapes in colors in order to produce a story from the artist to the audience.

Image Credit: CK Roemer, Studio Codex 2007

Alfred Stieglitz Sun Rays 1889
J. Howard Miller."We Can Do It!" 1942. Poster
-body in motion: arms, hips, feet

-red circles create motion

-rhythm of gesture: anticipate how she moves
Henri Matisse. Odalisque with Tambourine. 1926. Oil on Canvas.
Original architect, Ralph Adams Cram. 1916. Rose Window, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Cathedral still under construction.
Edward Hopper. Early Sunday Morning. 1930. Oil on Canvas.
-sunlight directs our attention

-each part captures light differently

-other forms of rhythm present
Calitja de Tardor (Autumn Mist) 1977 by Josph Grau-Garriga
Primavera or Allegory of Spring (1478) by Sandro Botticelli
-Connecting of 3 dimensional forms

- Rhythmic flow because of the form in which each character stands

-Three Graces hands intertwining create sense of harmony

-Story being told across the painting because of their interactions and stances

Matisse’s Interior with Goldfish
-Deep colors of blue and violet create rhythm
- Outside the bowl
-Color creates narrative

Skoglund's Revenge of the Goldfish
-Aquatic blues
-Stark contrast bright orange goldfish

Interior with Goldfish by Henri Matisse
Revenge of the Goldfish by Sandy Skoglund (1981)
Rythme, Joie de Vivre by Robert Delaunay (1930)
Example 2
Works Cited (Continued)
-Botticelli, Sandro. Primavera or Allegory of Spring. 1478. Painting. n.p. Web. 2 Sep 2013.
-Delaunay, Robert. Rythme, Joie de vivre. 1930. bamboo, reed, and steel pens over pencils. National Museum of Modern Art, Paris, Paris, France. Web. 2 Sep 2013.
-Van Gogh, Vincent. Cypresses. 1889. bamboo, reed, and steel pens over pencils. n.p. Web. 2 Sep 2013.
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