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Form and Shape

Form and Shape

Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will explore form and shape as elements of composition and of the analysis of works of art.

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Image of Fallen Monarchs, William Bliss Baker, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fallen_Monarchs_1886_by_William_Bliss_Baker.jpg; Image of Escaping Criticism, Pere Borrel del Caso, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Escaping_criticism-by_pere_borrel_del_caso.png; Image of Premier Disque, Robert Delaunay, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Robert_Delaunay,_1913,_Premier_Disque,_134_cm,_52.7_inches,_Private_collection.jpg; Image of Cloud Shepherd, Jean Arp, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HansArp-CloudShepher1953.JPG.

  • Abstraction

    The simplification of form into shapes, lines, or areas of color.

  • Representation

    The act of depicting what one sees or encounters in lived experience in a work of art.

  • Geometric Shapes

    Basic hard-edged shapes, such as squares, triangles, rectangles, and circles.

  • Biomorphic Shapes

    Shapes that are free-form or amorphic (formless) and resemble amoebas, jellyfish, and other simple life forms.

  • Naturalism

    An artistic approach that involves reproducing objects as they appear to the eye. This term is often used in art history as a substitute for realistic, to avoid any confusion with realism as an artistic movement.

  • Illusionism

    Very similar to naturalism, it involves the attempt to convince the viewer that what is being seen is not a representation, but rather the thing itself.