Understanding the mental processes involved in painting is vital to understanding how reflections could go wrong.
To date, explanations of discrepancies in Cézanne’s reflections have assumed that they were intentional. Were they, or could they have been the result of his diabetes?
A selection of six more paintings by Cézanne, covering his whole painting career, show marked discrepancies in their reflections.
Three paintings by Cézanne with major discrepancies in the reflections shown. Were these deliberate? If so, why?
Understanding the optical principles of reflections ensures that you understand how they should appear.
This final article summarises the importance of different cues to depth in painting.
Linear perspective is one of the most controversial topics in the theory of painting, and few issues about it are generally agreed.
Aerial perspective includes reduction in contrast, reduction in chroma, and colour shift towards ‘cooler’ i.e. more blue, colours. But it can be more complex.
Considers the role of texture and detail gradient, shading and shadow in the depiction of depth in paintings.
The importance of relative size, and height in the picture plane, in imparting depth and space in painting.