Our first deeper dive into how to understand components of an artwork will start with points. What can these small figures possibly do in a painting, you may ask? They can be a symbol, a connector, an end, or an intersection. It has a greater impact than you would think — Russian painter Kandisnky didn’t write a whole volume about it for nothing! Here are five aspects of the small but mighty points.

Cuéntame. Serie Niñas - Elena Wright

2. Impressionism and its legacy

Impressionism was an artistic movement that emerged in the mid-nineteenth century, and that promoted a new representation of reality, which invited not the definition, but the “impression” of the moment, of light, to capture the things in a broad way. They devoted themselves to studying perception and they were the first to propose the theory that small unconnected parts, when perceived as a whole, acquired a visual unity. The Impressionists painted with small strokes of pure colors, showing that all color is relative to the colors around it.

This pictorial resource was deepened by the exponents of neo-impressionism, also called “pointillists”, which established the development of a rigorous dotted brushstroke.

3. Modern Art. Abstract art.

With the arrival of modernity, and particularly with abstract art, the point became an autonomous entity — asserting itself as the primary element in graphic work. Abstract art defines the artistic object as an independent and self-sufficient entity, which frees itself and renounces any figurative reference or representation of the real world. That is why it establishes the use of the point, line, plane, color, shape, geometry, and composition as protagonists of its language.

5. The point as a symbol

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Umbral. Serie Yo soy - Ric Santesteban

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