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What is emphasis? What is subordination? And how do they relate to each other and the composition? Emphasis is defined as an area or object within the artwork that draws attention and becomes a focal point. Subordination is defined as minimizing or toning down other compositional elements in order to bring attention to the focal point. Focal point refers to an area in the composition that has the most significance, an area that the artist wants to draw attention to as the most important aspect.
In the example below, it is very clear that the emphasis is on the red circle. It is the largest object in the composition. Conversely, although there are many gray circles, they are small in size, very muted in color, and blend in rather than stand out from the background. The large circle is an extremely intense (pure) color which contrasts dramatically with the muted gray circles and background.
The large, intensely red circle is bordered with an intense green that is a complementary color to the red, and equal in its intensity. Complementary colors (across from each other on the color wheel) with a high degree of intensity draw the most attention. Therefore, the red circle is the focal point of the composition. Examples of emphasis, and subordination in artwork Emphasis using color Richard Anuszkiewicz Deep Magenta Square image source http://www.
newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Op_art This is an example of op art, a movement that became popular in the 1960's. Op art plays with visual perception and often, color combinations or patterns that can be very difficult to look at and focus on. It is obvious that the magenta square is emphasized in the composition, and is definitely the focal point. Although the colors in the rest of the composition are fairly intense, they are much less intense than the magenta circle.
They are also smaller areas than the square, thin lines rather than a large square that dominates the composition. Notice how the combination of colors and lines play with depth of space, and receding and advancing areas. Emphasis using value (light and dark) Kathe Kollwitz Battlefield 1907etching mounted on wove paperPrivate Collection image source http://www.mystudios.com/women/klmno/kollwitz_battlefield.
html This is a poignant portrayal of a mother searching for her dead son after a battle. The light she is carrying casts a strong light upon the dead soldier, working in the same manner as a spotlight on stage would. Her hand reaching out and touching the soldier is also emphasized. In fact, the touch of the strong hand on the chin of the soldier--whose head falls back limply--is the focal point of the image.
It is as if by touching the soldier she might bring him back to life. In contrast, the figure of the mother is bent over, and the darkest area of the composition. Her hunched, dark shape contrasts starkly with the soldier's tilted back, brightly lit head.The mother's figure is the second most important aspect of the composition. The rest of the composition consists of indistinct areas of varying shades of gray.
The only other reference to a battlefield is the soldier's head next to the mother's son. This keeps us from being distracted by other details or areas in the composition and focused on the mother's hand and the son's face. Emphasis using complementary colors and atmospheric perspective Paul Signac Evening Calm, Concarneau, Opus 220 (Allegro Maestoso) 1891Oil on canvas 25 1/2 x 32in. (64.
8 x 81.3cm); Framed: 40 1/4 x 34 in. (102.2 x 86.4cm)Metropolitan Musem of Art, New YorkRobert Lehman Collection, 1975 The emphasis here is on the rocky shoreline on the left lower part of the painting. Using the principles of atmospheric perspective, the foreground is more intense in color and more sharply delineated. The background is increasingly muted as it recedes in space, and the colors tend to blend together.
The use of complementary colors--violet and yellow--accentuates this effect, because complementary colors draw attention, and the more intense they are, the more they attract attention. Signac used a system of color harmony and precisely applied strokes of color. Following and adapting the technique of Georges Seurat, he placed separate hues of color next to each otrher, without mixing them. The viewer "mixes" the colors with their eyes.
Standing up close to the painting, the viewer sees only dots or strokes of color. Moving back, the subject matter ofthe image comes into "focus". This technique creates a shimmering effect of light. Signatures, Inscriptions, and MarkingsSignature: Signed and dated (bottom left): P.Signac 91; Inscribed (bottom right): Op. 220 ProvenanceCount Antoine de La Rochefoucauld, Paris; Alex Hallot, by 1896; acquired from the Galerie de L'Élysée (Paul Ebstein), Paris, by Robert Lehman, New York, April 1953.
Additional Views 1 of 4 Emphasis using intensity of light Joseph Mallord William Turner Yacht Approaching the Coast oil on canvas Image courtsy of wiliam-turner.org Turner uses rays of light from a sunset on the water, with increasing intensity toward the center of the painting. Subtle variations in color create "lines" that all lead to the center of the painting. The golden shimmering light on the water leads the eye directly to the orange glow of the sunset.
The yacht approaching the coast can be seen as heading toward the sunset instead of the coast, with its sails pointing toward the sunset. Emphasis using the center of the compositon and one spot of bright color Akseli Gallen-Kallela The Great Black Woodpecker, 1892-94Oil on canvas, 145 x 90 cmPrivate Collection image source: artsmia.org (Minneapolis Institute of Arts) The leafless limbs of the dead trees and branches create lines that all point toward the woodpecker.
The tree limbs are larger and lighter in color than the surrounding trees, creating a stark contrast which emphasizes their "path" to the woodpecker. The tallest ree disappears into the sky, but its branches lead to the river, which in turn leads to the bleached branches of the dead tree in the foreground. The woodpecker, unlike anything else in the painting, is portrayed using bold and intense hues of black and red.
It appears to be the only animated form in the painting, as if all of the surrounding landscape has paused for a moment as a tribute to the woodpecker.
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Rhetoric Definition Rhetoric is a technique of using language effectively and persuasively in spoken or written form. It is an art of discourse, which studies and employs various methods to convince, influence or please an audience. For instance, a person gets on your nerves, you start feeling irritated, and you say, “Why don’t you leave me alone?” By posing such a question, you do not ask for a reason.
Instead, you simply want him to stop irritating you. Thus, you direct language in a particular way for effective communication or make use of rhetoric. A situation where you make use of rhetoric is called a “rhetorical situation”. Difference between Rhetorical Device and Figures of Speech Rhetorical figures or devices are employed to achieve particular emphasis and effect. Rhetorical devices, however, are different from “figures of speech”.
Wherever and whenever a figure of speech is used in written texts and speech, it alters meanings of words. For example, the metaphor used in the expression “He is a tiger,” is a complete altered form of a simple idea “He is brave.” Try to compare this example to the use of a rhetorical device in the example below: “I am never ever going to rob anyone for you and never, never ever give in to your sinful wish.
” The repetition in the above example does lay emphasis on the statement but does not alter the sense of it. Common Rhetoric Examples Below are a few examples on how rhetoric is employed by using various literary devices: How did this idiot get elected? – A rhetorical question to convince others that the “idiot” does not deserve to be elected. Here comes the Helen of our school. – An allusion to “Helen of Troy” to emphasize the beauty of a girl.
I would die if you asked me to sing in front of my parents – A hyperbole to persuade others not to use force to make you do something which you don’t want to do. All blonde-haired people are dumb. – Using a stereotype to develop a general opinion about a group. Nevertheless, the difference between rhetorical devices and figures of speech is so minute that both share many features. A figure of speech becomes a device in rhetoric when it is aimed at persuading the readers or listeners.
Example of Rhetoric in Literature Let us try to analyze the use of rhetoric in some literary works: Example #1 John Milton’s Paradise Lost has several examples of rhetoric. To quote an example from Book V: “advise him of his happy state—Happiness in his power left free to will,Left to his own free will, his will though freeYet mutable” The repetition of the phrase “free will” emphasizes the theme of human creation which is making free choices, but the phrase “yet mutable” creates ambiguity that, despite being free, Adam had to be careful, as a wrong act could make him lose his freedom.
Example #2 John Donne addresses death in his Death, be not Proud (Holy Sonnet 10) by saying: Thou ‘art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,And poppy ‘or charms can make us sleep as wellAnd better than thy stroke; why swell’st thou then? The rhetorical question “why swell’st thou then?” serves to play down the horrific nature of death.
He devalues death by calling it a “slave”, and that it keeps the despicable company of “poison, war, sickness” and seeks their support. Example #3 We see Walt Whitman in his poem Crossing Brooklyn Ferry use anaphora: Flood-tide below me! I watch you, face to face;Clouds of the west! sun there half an hour high! I see you also face to face. Anaphora is a device where the same word or phrase is repeated at regular intervals to achieve a rhetorical effect.
Function of Rhetoric Rhetoric, as explained above, is a tool for writers and orators which empowers them to convince their readers and listeners about their point of view. Often, we find rhetoric examples in religious sermons and political speeches. They aim to make comparisons, to evoke tender emotions, to censure rivals and all this is done to persuade listeners. Advertisers give their ads a touch of rhetoric to boost their sales by convincing people that their product is better than other products in the market.
For instance, in an advertisement, a girl – after shampooing her hair – says, “I can’t stop touching my hair.” This is an attempt to entice consumers, through visual rhetoric, to have soft and shiny hair like her.
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