Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Framed View

Charles Walter Simpson (English)

Childe Hassam (American Impressionist)
Coastal Scene, Isle of Shoals, 25 x 30 inches

Sea framed by rocks. The sea tends to be flat and relatively featureless. A seascape can easily look lopsided if the cliffs or rocks are on one side only. In both of these works the compositional problem is solved by framing the water with rocks on both sides.
Also, both works have created a path along which the eye is led into the distance - this creates visual interest.

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