Linear

DEFINITION

Describing a quality related to the use of line in painting or sculpture; can refer to directional movement in composition, or the actual use of the element of line in the image or sculpture, as contrasted with the use of mass or shape forms.<br><br>A painting technique in which importance is placed on contours or outlines.(LI-nee-&#601;r)Examples of paintings done in this manner: see thumbnail to leftHenri de Toulouse-Lautrec, The Sofa, oil on cardboard, 24 3/4 x 31 7/8 inches (62.9 x 81 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. See Post-Impressionism. Paul Klee (German, 1879-1940, born and died in Switzerland), The Mocker Mocked (Oder der verspottete Sp?tter), 1930, oil on canvas, 17 x 20 5/8 inches (43.2 x 52.4 cm), Museum of Modern Art, NY. See Bauhaus. Stuart Davis (American, 1892-1964), New York-Paris no.2, 1931, oil on canvas, 30 1/4 x 40 1/4 inches, Portland Art Museum, ME. See New Deal art. Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1977), Little Big Painting, 1965, oil on canvas, 68 x 80 inches (172.7 x 203.2 cm), Whitney Museum of American Art, NY. This painting humorously toys with the idea of making the brushstroke visible: depicting a giant linear brushstroke, using the style of mass-produced cartoons. See Pop Art.Also see labyrinth, painterly, rectilineal, rectilinear, and slip-trailing.

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