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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Just where she had paused the brook chanced to form a pool, so smooth and quiet that it reflected a perfect image of her little figure, with all the brilliant picturesqueness of her beauty, in its adornment of flowers and wreathed foliage, but more refined and spiritualized than the reality.
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