Paulette C.

Case study #2

HENRI ROUSSEAU

The "supporting cast" has many visual elements for instance the sharp pointy flowers  contrast  the shape of the very curvy luscious leading Lady. The flower’s sharp style seems slightly threatening especially since Rousseau has used the element of placement in a very powerful way by pointing them towards her. 

The placement of the ‘star’ a third of the way in and two thirds of the way down with her beautiful curves long hair delicious body contrast even more dramatically with the "crowd scene’s darker spiked foliage”.

I think the supporting cast consists of the two lions: the female lion looking at the luscious star although the male lion seems focused on the viewer –(me )the audience. They are in repose but the viewers know that can change in a moment.

The separate actors such as the flute player and the elephant create some visual confusion for me but they arealso useful as an intriguing element for the audience who must remain alert and continue to keep searching through this visual stage play.

The moon seems to be an effective part of the “set” for this play establishing time of day and increasing the mystery of the scene. It is seems to be a nonspeaking individual background role that increases the overall mystery of the stage play.

I can't decide whether the nicely rounded oranges; along with nicely-curved  bird and flute player should be classified as part of the nonspeaking individual background role or are part of the supporting cast as they reiterate some of the luscious curves of Rousseau’s leading lady.


I have chosen these four to share because I am not totally sure of their focal points.  I seem to see them differently each time.  Perhaps that is their appeal to me.  The Georgy Kurosov (#1) is such a complex study of repetition in addition to the central positioning of a complicated shape with  alternate shapes in the background.

Kurosov

Kurosov

The two Kadinsky’s have such a different feel with very different complementary backgrounds.  

Kandinsky

Kandinsky

Kandinsky

Kandinsky

Pierre Soulanges piece is  a 9 patch graphic textural piece. 

Soulanges

Soulanges

#3-2 Repetition

#3-2 Repetition