Formal Analysis of Japanese Art


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Elements of Design: Outline, Variations of Lines, Hue, Value, Saturation, Real and Implied Textures, Geometric and Organic Shapes, Two and Three Dimensional Space, Perspective

Principals of Design: Repitition, Pattern, Emphasis, Symmetry, Asymmetry, Proportion Unity, Variety, Contrast

Elements of Content: Representational, Non-representational, Ideas, Intention, Symbols

Composition: Cropping, Point of View, Pose, Placement, Grouping, Proximity, Sight Lines, Background or setting, Lighting,

Style: Monochrome, Multi-colored, High Key, Low Key; Distortion, Angular and Rounded Shapes; Surface, Texture; Use of Details: Simple, Some Detail, Highly Detailed; Perspective: Linear, Atmospheric, Visual, No Perspective

For further research:

"Japanese Color"
Edited by Ikko Tanaka and Kazuko Koike
Chronicle Books, San Francisco 1982
ISBN 0-87701-305-5

"Japanese Style"
Kodansha International Ltd., Tokyo 1980
In collaboration with The Japan Foundation and the Victoria and Alber Museum
ISBN 0-87011-417-4

"The Arts of Japan: Design Motifs"
By Saburo Mizoguchi
Weatherhill/Shibundo, Tokyo and New York 1973
ISBN o-8348-2703-4

"Japanese Things"
By Nicholas Bornoff and Michael Freeman
Periplus Editions Ltd. 2002
ISBN 962-593-782-X


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