Read over then remember the information below about each artist’s work.
b.1848 – 1892
Harnett’s work shows a few different layouts. In some paintings objects were hung on a wall or door, for example ‘after the hunt’, but in others Harnett placed objects on a table top and the still life was captured straight on.
The layout looks random and unplanned but Harnett deliberately placed and arranged objects to lead the viewer’s eye around the image.
Gris used a lot of table top, straight on compositions.
He also, occasionally, employed a bird’s eye point of view.
He quite often placed the largest object in the centre of the piece giving a triangular shaped layout.
He often overlapped colours and shapes through the objects which leads the viewer’s eye around the piece.
The overlapping collage technique he used tended to make the compositions look very busy.
dark, rich, sombre
Fairly bright, opaque colour which was applied flat and then worked in to.
He used colour families to pull the whole piece together.
Often places a large object near the centre of the image to draw in the viewer for example, in ‘the old violin’ the focal point is the violin as it is the biggest object and placed in the centre.
Many focal points, as mentioned in composition, he often placed the larger objects near the centre of the work to draw the viewer’s eye in and then the overlapping objects, shapes and colours draw your eye around the image.
Harnett built up very thin layers of oil paint to create a very smooth, flawless finish.
Harnett created pattern in his work by repeating shapes and colours throughout. He tended to repeat colours such as browns and ochres through objects and then also repeated them in the background making the work feel complete.
Gris creates pattern in his work by using a similar, stylised outline around has objects.
Repeats diagonal/straight lines throughout the piece.
He also creates pattern by repeating similar colours throughout the image.
Very precise and detailed,
the brushstrokes are not visible.
Begin building up a collage background and then works on top of that.