Gray's "The Greek Lovers" Descriptive Essay by Nicky

A description of Henry Peters Gray's painting "The Greek Lovers".
# 145240 | 729 words | 0 sources | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 30, 2010 in Art (Painting)

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This paper looks at Henry Peters Gray's "The Greek Lovers", a large (401/4" by 511/2") oil on canvas depicting a woman sitting with a lute and a man leaning up against a tree. The paper briefly examines Gray's use of tone and line as well as the painting's different elements and principles of design.

From the Paper:

"The perspective of this painting appears almost atmospheric as opposed to linear--there being no vanishing point, the only things that distinguish foreground from background are size and color. The two lovers appear to be as much a part of their world as anything else in the painting. Their size, however, makes them clearly foregrounded and the focus of the painting. Their color, too, distinguishes them; the woman's white flowing top is the lightest thing both in color and tone in the entire painting; the man's clothes, though mostly of a darker color, are also of a light value. Value, in fact, is one of the two most informative design elements of this painting. Beyond just the clothes that the two figures are wearing, value is also used to add mood to the painting. The tree that the man is leaning against, if painted the same basic color with a lighter value, would have drastically changed the meaning and impact of this painting. "

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