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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Wólfflin, H. Osnovnye poniatiia istorii iskusstv. Moscow-Leningrad, 1930. (Translated from German.)
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The Federal Capital should be a beautiful city, occupying a commanding position, with extensive views and embracing distinctive features which will lend themselves to the evolution of a design worthy of the object, not only for the present but for all time; consequently the potentialities of the site will demand most careful consideration from a hygienic standpoint, with a view to securing picturesqueness, and also with the object of beautification and expansion.
will be interesting from extreme picturesqueness of the subjects.