MoMA Visit

Charles White, Love Letter III, 1977

There is no pictorial space in this photo except for the depth of the two objects in the foreground. There is no indication of any depth in the background.

Kerry James Marshall, Untotled, 2015

The pictorial space in this piece is shallow, the night sky is seen in the background but there isn’t a horizon line to give us a sense of this depth.

Henri Matisse, The Blue Window, 1913

There is deep pictorial space in this piece. This is accomplished by our view through the window. Though the window we can see tress, hill and the sky.

Paul Gauguin, Portrait of Jacob Meyer de Haan, 1889

Pictorial space in this piece is fairly shallow. A table takes up most of our view of the scene, there is a figure and in the background is what looks like the corner of the room.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Street, Berlin, 1913

Pictoral space in this piece is very deep. behind the main figures in the foreground of the piece there are many more people who become smaller the further they are supposed to be in the space. This is achieved through color and scale.

Robert Gober, Untitled, 1954

Our only indication of depth in this piece is the line making where the wall meets the floor. We can’t see anything out of the tiny window except for a blue sky.

Pablo Picasso, Harlequin, 1915

This piece has a very shallow pictorial space, if any at all really. There is a slight indication of a shadow but that is all that is really given to us to have a sense of depth.

Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night, 1889

The pictorial space in this painting is very deep. Our vision of the countryside is slightly obstructed by a tree but beyond that you can see the town below and the hills beyond it. Color play an important role in this. The way that the hills are painted makes them seem like they are receding away from us.

Charles White, Our Land 1951

The pictorial space in this piece is actually quite deep after you take a second look at it. A woman is seen standing on a porch, behind her is an open door that allows you to look far into the house. Although there is a lot of pictorial space it still seems like everything is on top of each other.

Philip Guston, Talking 1978

The pictorial space in this piece is pretty shallow. In fact when you first look at the painting it’s as though there is no pictorial space at all. But after looking at it for a few seconds it becomes apparent that the smoke coming off the cigarette is making up the pictorial space, the smoke is coming at you. This is accomplished through the scale of the smoke becoming larger.


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