Art Term Tuesday-EMPHASIS

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Today’s art term is EMPHASIS. Emphasis is one of the Principles of Art.

Artists use emphasis to create dominance in their artwork. Emphasis is the stressing of something in an artwork to create importance rather than many items of equal importance. Artist can create emphasis in various ways. Artists can emphasize color, shape, value, texture or any of the other elements of art to create dominance. Contrast can also be used to create dominance. 

Charles Demuth emphasizes the number five in his painting The Figure Five in Gold painted in 1928. Demuth creates dominance with the size of the number five and the gold color. By centering the number five and repeating it, Demuth demonstrates the importance of the number five. 

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