Seurat, La Grande Jatte, 1886, oil on canvas – Art Institute, Chicago

This painting expresses harmony in that the colors and color scheme create a harmonic balance of similar greens and grays. It also has harmony in the repeating shapes of the characters on the grass.




Chagall, “I and the Village,” 1911, oil on canvas – Museum of Modern Art, New York

This piece is a example of variety because it has many different colors and shapes that don’t seem to have a pattern or scheme. It utilizes many elements of art to create interest.





Debbie Hodge, title unknown, mixed media, date unknown. Image Source

When I think of proximity I think of things being close together. We will naturally group things together even thought they may not be designed to be together. In the work above, you would assume that it is a group of people, but it also could be three individuals.





René Magritte – Golconde, 1953, oil on canvas,

The idea of repetition in art is the repeated patterns, or lack of patterns, or elements in a piece of work. This piece has the repeated element of the business man. It also has the repeating windows and colors on the buildings.





Andy Goldsworthy, “Ice Spiral,” 1997, made out of ice. Source Image

This piece is an example of the Gestalt principle of continuation. I watched a video of how he made this and there is not a back side of the ice, it is connected to the tree and does NOT go all the way around the tree. We assume it continues around the tree becasue of continuation be in reality is does not continue.





The Stefaneschi Tryptych, c. 1330, tempera on panel, Pinacoteca, Vatican

These paintings, although connected, demonstrate continuity. All the paintings display an overall theme and continuation of the story. Just like the economy of line projects that we did in class, continuity creates a visual way of connecting multiple pieces.