I’m continuing the Elements and Principles of Art series today with a post that includes example artworks that use shape.
I will add to this list when I find more, so this is a good one to pin or bookmark! The horizontal images do not contain all of the examples, FYI.
Example Artworks that Use Shape, General
- Henri Matisse, The Snail, 1953
- Okun Akpan Abuje, Nigerian Funerary shrine cloth, late 1970s
- MC Escher, Cycle, 1938
- Pablo Picasso, Three Musicians, 1921
- Grant Wood, Spring Turning, 1936
- Edward Steichen, The Sunflower, c. 1920
- Piet Mondrian, Broadway Boogie-Woogie, 1942-43
- Marsden Hartley, Night – and Some Flowers, 1940
- Grant Wood, Parson Weems’ Fable, 1939
- Paul Klee, The Red Balloon, 1922
- Le Corbusier, Notre-Dame-du-Haut at Ronchamp (interior), 1950-1955
- Claes Oldenburg, Geometric Mouse – Scale A, 1969-1971
- Wassily Kandinsky, Squares with Concentric Circles, 1913
- Paul Gauguin, La Orana Maria (Hail Mary), 1891
- Joan Miro, Harlequin’s Carnival, 1925
- Henri Matisse, The Joy of Life, 1905-06
- Henri Matisse, Icarus, from Jazz series, 1947
- Henri Marisse, Beasts of the Sea, 1950
- Pablo Picasso, Great Still Life on Pedestal, 1931
- Kara Walker, Darkytown Rebellion, 2001
- David Smith, Cubi IX, 1961
- Andy Goldsworthy, Circles, Varied (Shape, Color, Value)
- Henry Moore, Reclining Figure, 1951
- André Kertész, Self-Portrait, 1926
- Ancient Roman, Pont du Gard, 40-60 C.E.
Shapes that Guide your Eye Around the Picture
- Leonardo da Vinci, Virgin of the Rocks, c. 1483
- Michelangelo Buonarroti, Pieta, 1498-99
- Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas, 1656
- Raphael, Madonna in the Meadow, 1506
- Georges Seurat, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1884
What did I miss? What are your favorite artworks to teach shape? Let me know in the comments!
Remember I will add to this, so don’t forget to pin this post by clicking on the picture below.
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