The Illusion of Order

By Jay Zerbe

A very effective compositional idea is the give the illusion of “order” in a painting, while making small things about the piece deny that order.

It is quite effective. it lulls us with the feeling of quiet. and then, just like noticing a painting is hung just slightly askew on the wall, we start to notice the little things that liven the pieces up.

I’ve selected 4 paintings today that give me that feeling. maybe you will agree! or if not, the idea that I am trying to convey may make you think of other artwork that might fit that criteria.

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