Monday, December 29, 2008

Complex Backgrounds and a Gustav Klimt Portrait

Today the lesson in the book demonstrated how complex backgrounds can increase focus to certain areas of the subject at hand. In the simplified Gustav Klimt portrait we see how the blank space attracts attention to the neck and chest of the woman, while the curve behind her head adds an element of flow. This use of complex background is quite typical of Gustav Klimt.

Simplified Gustav Klimt portrait with complex background for focus

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