Proportionality and “Dynamic Symmetry” Part 3 - Another double portrait with a similar dynamic symmetry is Sargent’s “Pailleron Children”. Unlike the previous Hockney examples,
the composition is less literal. Any of these works would have not profited from a static, central symmetry. Instead, using the directional device of a rectangular field activates a dynamic viewpoint making a stronger composition.
Sargent PAILLERON CHILDREN 1880
Proportionality and “Dynamic Symmetry” Part2 - Hockney’s “Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott” 1969 double portrait shows the difficulty of the hierarchical relationship between the subjects. A static symmetry would have suggested a balance between the two subjects separated by a literal or implied void. Instead, this dynamic composition is based on a strong focus which does not lie at the geometrical center of the full painting (that’s implied in the window view). Overlapping compositions coalesce around each character creating multiple readings. For example, I noticed the direct relationship between the floor lamp and Mr. Scott.
Proportionality and “Dynamic Symmetry” Part1 - Two double portrait paintings by David Hockney were recently bought to auction. I was enthralled by the intersective relationship between the compositional elements of the paintings. And then realized the implied dynamic symmetry implied in “Portrait of the Artist” (1971). The figural and landscape composition seemed to suggest the demarcations of a golden rectangle. Even the artist’s body motion implies the rotational nature of the ratio. I am not implying that Mr. Hockney intended to draft the composition as such, but like many artists, he had absorbed and internalized the “secret knowledge“ and mastery of a dynamic composition.
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