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The power of the center : a study of composition in the visual arts

Author: Rudolf Arnheim
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1982.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Arnheim, Rudolf.
Power of the center.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1982
(OCoLC)610015612
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rudolf Arnheim
ISBN: 0520044266 9780520044265
OCLC Number: 7554102
Description: xii, 227 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: What is a center? The center and the middle ; Around the balancing center ; In the third dimension --
Thte strongest center and its rivals. The pull of gravity ; The viewer as a dynamic center ; Looking up and looking down ; Weight produces venters ; Applications to sculpture ; Applications to painting --
Limits and frames. Comprehension requires boundaries ; Once more, the viewer ; The frame and the outer world ; The frame and the inner world ; Various formats ; The limits of sculpture ; Competition for the balancing center --
The accent on the middle. The center contributes stability ; Playing around the center ; Dividing in two --
The invisible pivot. The shapes create the hub ; Upright compositions ; Horizontal compositions ; Diagonals support and divide ; Noli me tangere --
Tondo and square. Floating shapes ; Responses to the round frame ; The tondo stresses the middle ; Disks and spheres ; The oval ; Character traits of the square ; Albers and Mondrian ; A square by Munch --
Volumes and nodes. Vectors control meaning ; Kinds of nodes ; The human figure ; Faces and hands ; Hands in context ; Singing man --
More in depth. Objects behaving in space ; The added view of projection ; The charting of the vista ; Looking into odd spaces ; The two interpretations ; The basic compositional systems once more --
Persistence in time --
Glossary.
Responsibility: Rudolf Arnheim.

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