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Formal Analysis of Art The use of lines in an artist piece of work can tell much about their personality. A good example is, Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night which is one of the most personally expressive pieces of art in history (Sayre, 2010). Van Gogh’s lines in The Starry Night appear lose and free in a sense out of control; they are imprecise, and emotionally charged, as if the artist is expressing feelings of anguish (Sayre, 2010). Come to find out the painting, The Starry Night, expresses the authors feelings and energy toward life and death by putting focus on the tip of the church and the swaying of the cypress tree, a tree used to mark graves in Southern France and Italy (Sayre, 2010). More or less when he created this piece of art he was torn between life and death, which led to suicide a little over a year after the piece was finished (Sayre, 2010), so he expressed his confusion and point of view through the out of control lines, while giving the painting a different meaning. The lines that Vincent Van Gogh uses though is like an autograph, one of a kind and could be easily pointed out. Speaking of autographic lines another artist that uses a distinct form of lines that are not only original to the artist, but also expresses their personality through lines used is Sol LeWitt. Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing No. 681 expresses a different sort of personality. Sol LeWitt’s lines are precise, controlled, logical, and rationally organized (Sayre, 2010). The Wall Drawing No. 681 gives a sense of mathematical precision, regularity, order, and unity as the vertical and horizontal lines cross making squares. This piece shows the authors great organization and precise combination of directional lines. Lines are one way of giving meaning to a piece of art work, but another way of giving meaning is through organizational space. Some artists will use…...

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