Art Term Tuesday-MOVEMENT

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Today’s art term is MOVEMENT. Movement is a Principle of Art.

Artists use movement to direct the viewer though an artwork. The artist creates the art in such a way that your eyes move through all parts of the work to land at the focal point.  Movement can be directed by utilizing lines, shapes, and colors in an artwork.

Below is an artwork by Marcel Duchamp called Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2.  The painting depicts a figure moving from the upper left side of the canvas to the lower right side of the canvas.  The figure in the upper left is darker while the figure becomes brighter as it moves closer to the viewer. Duchamp not only used the repetitive shapes to show movement but also utilized value.


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