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C. Escher. Sky and Water I. 1938. Woodcut. 171⁄8˝ × 171⁄4˝. © 2013 The M. C. Escher Company–The Netherlands. All rights reserved. com. is ground. As our awareness shifts, fish shapes and bird shapes trade places, a phenomenon called figure– ground reversal. We see a more subtle use of positive and negative spaces in Katharina Grosse’s untitled work (fig. 12). She created this work by laying stencils and templates over a white background, and then spraying through them. Then she complicated the painting by spraying white from the background over the curving positive shapes.

Another ruler who realized that visual imagery could be used to help shape public opinion about his rule was Louis XIV of France. ”7 At Versailles, 12 miles south of Paris, he built an enormous palace and formal garden designed to surpass all others in its splendor (fig. 17). The interior was decorated with many artworks that depicted his exploits. The purpose of the palace was to symbolize the strength of his monarchy, and to impress the nobility with his power (see Chapter 17). Some artworks attempt to persuade by inspiration, reminding us of ideals that we already share, and urging us to emulate and learn from them.

2010. Acrylic on canvas. 79˝ × 53˝. Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica. inv. KG099. Photo Olaf Bergmann © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. THE VISUAL ELEMENTS CHAPTER 3 41 Mass A two-dimensional area is called a shape, but a threedimensional area is called a mass: the physical bulk of a solid body of material. When mass encloses space, the space is called volume. The word form is sometimes used instead of mass to refer to physical bulk. 14 Alberto Giacometti Man Pointing.

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