Chapter 4

Form: Putting It All Together

Question: Have I assembled the various communicative devices into a coherent whole that presents a uniform message and direction?

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Composition in Black and White, with Double Lines, 1934, Piet Mondrian (© 2012 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/o HCR International Washington, DC)

Form generally refers to the properties found within an artwork independently of other considerations from the work itself. In this regard, it is customary to speak about sensory experiences derived from the total composition or spatial organization of a piece, such as how lines, shapes, colors, textures, shininess, movements, sounds, and ...

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