Picturesqueness


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Picturesqueness

 

in the visual arts, the dynamic interaction of shapes, volumes, areas of color, lines, and chiaroscuro. This interaction expresses a strong feeling of overall mobility, changeability, and diversity of appearance. Picturesqueness is expressed by the predominance of expressive color (in painting) and shading (in graphic art) over sharp delineation. In sculpture it is manifest in the gentle transitions, the interfusion, and the projection of volumetric forms in space. Picturesqueness in architecture is conveyed through asymmetry, separation of principal compositional elements, dynamics of form, and, sometimes, color and decor. In the broad sense of the work, picturesqueness comprises free, lively expressiveness, vivid figurativeness, and colorfulness.

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While an American need never look "beyond his own country for the sublime and beautiful of natural scenery," as Washington Irving writes, its picturesqueness was diminished by a dearth of "storied and poetical association." (14) This feeling of inadequacy motivated many writers and artists to create distinctly American versions of the picturesque even as they sought to emulate European standards of culture.
The text of Le Roman de Brut was more rhetorical than the Latin original, and the octosyllabic verse that Wace was using was in organic conjunction with his use of many rhetorical devices and of a certain picturesqueness; for example, Wace who wanted to achieve rhythmic effects would again and again use repetitions, citations and anaphors: "whether he ate or drank, spoke or was silent" ("se il manjot, se il beveit, se il parlot, se il taiseit" /verses 35-36/) or this when Brut:
The construction of narrative is well conducted and Mofolo was congratulated for his achievement: "With what charm, what picturesqueness, what liveliness, this story has been told!
The varied sweep of their massive, faroutreaching, and often strangely contorted branches, and the sober yet rich colouring of bole and limbs, endows them with a picturesqueness quite redeeming the flat country from its monotony.
Addison Richard's Harper's New Monthly article in May 1853 on "The Landscape of the South" praises the Southern mountains as endowed with "greater picturesqueness and variety of form and quantity," and uses the specific quality of the picturesque, along with related elements such as the vast panoramic views of dramatic and irregular natural landscapes, almost a dozen times in the twelve pages of his article (1853, 721).
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masses, and all it demanded was picturesqueness and abundance of
As the director of the production, Andre Antoine "took pleasure in presenting with very particular care this curious comedy." (6) Antoine's production was characterized, as usual, by his meticulous attention to historical authenticity and local color and by his care for picturesqueness and for truth.
In Lviv, Ukraine, October 14, 2013, a painting--a chromatically subdued landscape of river, mountains, and forest--stands on a patch of bare ground, its lush picturesqueness, somewhere between folk art and kitsch, contrasting with the dark earth around it.
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