"The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" Essay by LBeria

"The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere"
An overview of the design principles used in Grant Wood's painting "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere."
# 65865 | 1,830 words | 0 sources | 2006 | US
Published on May 22, 2006 in Art (Painting) , Art (Fine Art) , Art (General)

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This paper reviews and provides a personal critique of the design principles used by Grant Wood in his piece "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere." The author writes the paper in four chapters, each of which focus on a different principle and observation, as follows:
Design Description
Elements and Principles Used
Interpreting the Design and its Meaning
Evaluating the Design - What Works and What could be Improved?

From the Paper:

"Upon first glance, most viewers would see the church that lies in the main focal area of the painting. A linear stark-white steeple, shooting out against the bulbous earthy greens and shadowy brown-grays is striking in this well thought-out and designed paining of Paul Revere's famous ride. From the tiny tip of white jutting out amidst the deep black of night, the viewer's eye is drawn by the use of light and line from the top of the steeple down - down to the simple rectangular shapes of the steeple base; down to the rectangular shape of the building; down to the rectangular door; and then, by surprise, down to the true focus of this paining, Paul Revere himself. He is represented by a wild splat of black on a horse possessed."

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