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ISBN:0520207491
Author: Arthur Wesley Dow,Joseph Masheck
ISBN13: 978-0520207493
Title: Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers
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Language: English
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Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (February 1998)
Pages: 160

Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers by Arthur Wesley Dow,Joseph Masheck



First published in 1899, Arthur Wesley Dow's Composition has probably influenced more Americans than any other text to think of visual form and composition in relation to artistic modernity. While Dow is known as the mentor of Georgia O'Keeffe and Max Weber. So, I am very glad that I bought this version of the Dow Composition book, for that Macheck Intro alone. Also, Macheck states, in his Intro, reasons for recommending artists & art students revisit this older written work on Composition by Dow-to the effect that those from younger generations were born into abstraction and do not understand how it came about-that there once was a time when only in the work of Cezanne was anything like the current (and past Cubism) styles.

Arthur Wesley Dow was an American painter, printmaker, photographer, and influential arts educator. He taught many of America's leading artists and craftspeople. Also, Macheck states, in his Intro, reasons for recommending artists & art students revisit this older written work on Composition by Dow-to the effect that those from younger generations were born into abstraction and do not understand how it came about-that there once was a time when only in the work of Cezanne was anything like the current (and past Cubism) styles

The introduction, which I skipped, was lengthy, but there's a lot of information in the main text of the book- enough to warrant the price. There are also lots of pictures of examples which I found very helpful. Dow "wrote the book" on composition, and this is it! 38,092 Views.

Publisher's Description. Last published by the University of California Press in 1920, Arthur Wesley Dow's seminal instructions on composition remain an excellent introduction to modern art concepts and techniques.

That volume became a staple textbook for art education.

Composition A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers. by Arthur Wesley Dow (Author), Joseph Masheck (Introduction). First published in 1899, Arthur Wesley Dow's Composition has probably influenced more Americans than any other text to think of visual form and composition in relation to artistic modernity. While Dow is known as the mentor of Georgia O'Keeffe and Max Weber, his legacy as a proponent of modern art has suffered undeserved neglect by recent artists and art historians. In Composition Dow develops a system for teaching students to create freely constructed images on the basis of harmonic relations between lines, colors, and dark and light patterns

Arthur Wesley Dow. Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. 2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact.

Where I can be found is all the same teachers. Sosyal Yardmlama ve Dayanma Genel Mdrl ibirliiyle yrtlen proje kapsamnda Eskiehirde yaplan konutlar, and more structure hak sahiplerine teslim edildi. Where I can be found is. Here you will.

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First published in 1899, Arthur Wesley Dow's Composition has probably influenced more Americans than any other text to think of visual form and composition in relation to artistic modernity. The reappearance of Dow's practical, well-illustrated guide, enhanced by Joseph Masheck's discussion of its historical ramifications, is an important event for all concerned with the visual arts and the intellectual antecedents of American modernism. Library descriptions. A mentor to Georgia O'Keeffe, Dow literally "wrote the book" on composition. First published in 1899, this manual influenced generations of teachers and students.

First published in 1899, Arthur Wesley Dow's Composition has probably influenced more Americans than any other text to think of visual form and composition in relation to artistic modernity. While Dow is known as the mentor of Georgia O'Keeffe and Max Weber, his legacy as a proponent of modern art has suffered undeserved neglect by recent artists and art historians.In Composition Dow develops a system for teaching students to create freely constructed images on the basis of harmonic relations between lines, colors, and dark and light patterns. Greatly influenced by Japanese art, he expounds a theory of "flat" formal equilibrium as an essential component of telling pictorial creation. Generations of teachers and their public school pupils learned from Dow's orientalism and adopted basic postimpressionist principles without even knowing the term. The reappearance of Dow's practical, well-illustrated guide, enhanced by Joseph Masheck's discussion of its historical ramifications, is an important event for all concerned with the visual arts and the intellectual antecedents of American modernism.
Reviews: 7
Flathan
This edition is 34 pages of microscopic type, no intro and not a single illustration. It's useless in the full sense of that meaning: Unreadable, without illustrations impossible to understand. If it had cost me more I wouldn't be throwing it in the trash, but it is indeed trash. The Dover edition is apparently the version to get, but in any case this is the version to avoid.

It now occurs to me that one needs to be careful in purchasing replications of material in the public domain, like this ancient chestnut. Seemingly the publisher's intent was to use as little paper as possible, thus the micro-text and exclusion of the illustrations, or perhaps they had some kind of copyright associated with the artist himself. In any case, a very poor mercantile decision, since it makes impossible the basic utility of the product: Readability and understanding. Making shoes so cheap they can't be worn, isn't really "making shoes", is it?

I requested a refund and it was given, but additionally I was told I need not send the product back. They apparently hold it in as high a value as I.
Burgas
This book is, so far, wonderful, the introduction is in depth and well written. The introduction maybe a bit tedious for those who are not interested in the history of how Dow came to write this book, but it is a well written piece. The book itself, offers the tools to see and understand the backbone of picture making in a clear and concise manner. It is not a "book" filled with lots of pictures, I have seen/purchased some books with many pictures but little content, if you want the "how to" manual for composing pictures, this is your book. Furthermore, if you are struggling with the format of this book, I suggest you start with Dorr Bothwell and Marlys Mayfiled's NOTAN, the Dark Light Principle of Design, and "Learning to Look" By Joshua C. Taylor, all are wonderful books that are rich with great information for an artist who has already enjoyed the delights of intuitive picture making, but now wish to understand the mechanics of how to create stronger compositions.
Ylonean
A terrible edition- it is basically a pamphlet with page number markers for illustrations that are apparently in other editions. Extremely small text. Overall, a huge ripoff that will be returned. I thought this was the Dover edition, but looks to be a very inadequate print on demand. I am very disappointed in Amazon for putting this out. Not even worth one star
Priotian
The concepts presented in the book are interesting and might prove helpful IF the book included the pictures and diagrams referenced in the explanations. There are constant references to source material that is not pictured, so the concepts have little meaning. I can't say for sure, but it appears as though someone retyped the manuscript of the original book in the smallest font possible. If I had paid any more than I did, I would ask for my money back. What I would most like is the book I thought I was buying.
Vathennece
This version of the vintage text on composition--that the artist Georgia O'Keefe, and no doubt many other artists of note studied in their day--comes with an amazingly well written and profoundly useful lengthly Introduction by the multi-gifted philosophizing art historian Joseph Masheck.

After reading only the first few pages of Masheck's fast-paced concisely intelligent writing, I was hooked, and ordered his book on Cezanne--titled *C's Aesthetics* --which I have now completed reading, and am working on re-reading the section specific to certain of Cezanne's paintings so as to compare Macheck's analysis with repro's of the specified paintings by *C*.

So, I am very glad that I bought this version of the Dow Composition book, for that Macheck Intro alone.

Also, Macheck states, in his Intro, reasons for recommending artists & art students revisit this older written work on Composition by Dow--to the effect that those from younger generations were born into abstraction and do not understand how it came about--that there once was a time when only in the work of Cezanne was anything like the current (and past Cubism) styles of abstraction even suggested and made possible--and so a study of Dow's *Composition* is a way of revisiting those times so as to expand one's understanding, appreciation.... and output as a working artist...

After completing the Macheck Intro to Dow's *Composition*, I began to read the vintage text portion and do the exercises---and right away, with the first exercise, felt amazed at how much the ink line brushwork helped me on many levels. I had never done Asia style ink brushwork before--it was not something taught in the California art school where I studied for my degree (perhaps considered old-fashioned) and though I have seen many examples of Japanese & Chinese painting & brush style calligraphy in museums in those countries and in the USA-- seeing, studying, thinking about something does not replace doing, as Dow reminds in Section III of his *Composition* book---"artistic skill cannot be given by dictation or acquired by reading."

And so it may be beyond words to explain exactly how doing the exercises benefits and how those benefits come about--such as in using the exercises and new understandings as *jumping off points* in creating studies and fully realized art works...
Via
Do not buy this edition. This is an awful facsimile of a library copy. You can see it right in the front matter--Library of the New York State College of Home Economics, Gift of Mrs. C.B. Robinson. I'm almost positive they just ripped it from Google Books. The content isn't sized to the pages; even numbered pages are on the right side; the images are incredibly dark and sometimes impossible to discern; there's writing on pages--not in the book, in the copy! It's madness. I could have printed off a .pdf and had a better version.
Karon
This reprint of the book is not well done. The sections aren't separated by headings as they were in the original book design - instead they run together so you can't tell where an exercise stops and the next descriptive section begins. There are also typos, and some of the images are low-resolution. Disappointing that this company Loki's Publishing would rush through the reprinting of a classic book just to make a few bucks.