Sunday, March 28, 2010

Unusual Viewpoint

Egon Schiele - Austrian, Tieste Fishing Boat.

Though loosely representational, the unusual prow-on view of the fishing boat appears almost abstract. Bright colours are combined with scumbled greys to great effect. The linearity of the rigging is carried through to other details of the subject, while the background is left vague. This work reminds us that good painting always has an abstract dimension. While evoking a specific subject, it is also about line, colour, shape and tone. An unusual viewpoint can help bring out the abstract elements of the subject.

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