The three rules of composition

Narrative lines - Preferential angles - Golden measures

 

If there was only one rule to remember out of the three, it is that of the narrative lines.

These lines can be seen directly in the works without having to imagine them.

 

Visualizing these lines allows us to understand how the whole principle of pictorial composition works with or without characters.

1 - Narratives lines

The lines visible in a table indicate the great invisible principle of the pictorial composition : extend far to point a symbolic part of the body of a character in order to focus the gaze and tell a story.

Clic on the titles :

 

 

 

 

Narratives 

lines

 

 

 

 

Lignes 

narratives

Line of force

or

Narrative line?

The difference between the notion of

"line of force" and "narrative line" is that the first is out of a person's imagination and interpretation.

The second is scientific data from pictorial archeology. The narrative line connects to tell the theme of the work.

 

 

Un exemple 
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 example

2 - Preferential angles

Certain angles have been selected by the painters because their qualities reflect both an observation of nature and a symbolism.

Knowing these angles makes it possible to understand subsequently how the characters look at each other in a scene.

 

Angles 

préférentiels

 

Preferentiels

angles

 

Angles 

préférentiels

Open composition

or

confinement in a geometry?

Unlike a figure

geometric closed, an angle offers the painter an opening, therefore a momentum, a cadence, a movement.

 
 
 
Un exemple 
frappant
 
 
 
example

3 - Golden measures

The golden measures aim in a painting to reflect the harmony of the functioning of the universe.

It is the use of the golden ratio Phi (1.618) that a simple knotted rope or a special compass allows to draw without scholarly calculation.

 

 

 

 

 

Mesures 

dorées

 

 

 

 

 

Golden

measure

Intuitive hazard

or

search for harmony

?

The golden measures in the Renaissance were described and adored in many books as much as they are seen today in a work as the result of chance.

Yet they are objectively observable there!

 
 
 
Deux exemples
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Two examples 

Do not hesitate to leave your comment, your questions at the bottom of the page, my pleasure is to be able to discuss the pictorial composition. Thank you.

Guy MAUCHAMP

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