By Rudolf Arnheim
Considering its first booklet in 1954, this paintings has tested itself as a special vintage. It applies the ways and findings of the interval psychology to the examine of artwork; it descirbes the visible approach that happens while humans create - or examine - works within the numerous arts, and explains how they set up visible fabric in response to yes mental legislation. Artists, critics, artwork historicans, scholars, and normal readers have chanced on it a hugely readable publication.
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In Figure tween points a and line is the simplest connection be overlook the fact that a curve will make for a simpler total pattern. " Later he specified the needed information by three quantitative features: the number of angles enclosed within the figure, the number of dif ferent angles divided by the total number of angles, and the number of con- SHAPE SHAPE , , , , I I I a, , , , ' , - - -· , , , J. ·-' 59 the human brain is the most complex mechanism in nature, and when a per son fashions a statement that is to be worthy of him, he must make it rich enough to reflect the richness of his mind.
Sometimes our eyes fool us. Wertheimer has cited the example of a bridge that forms a compelling whole with its own mirror image in the water (Figure 47) . Con- Figure 45 Shape is not the only factor determining subdivision. Similarities and differences in brightness and color can be even more decisive, and so can differences between motion and repose. An example involving the perception of movement can be taken from Metelli's experiments. Figure 46 is perceived spontaneously as a combination of a white bar and a complete or incomplete Figure 47 stellations are seen in the sky that do not correspond to the actual locations of the stars in physical space.
The circle lies neither i n the center of B nor in the center of the whole pattern; and the overlapping corners of B have no simple relation to the structures of the rectangles D and E, into which they intrude. Why does the whole pattern hold together nevertheless? Some of the simplifying factors have already been mentioned. In addition, the prolonga II tion of the bottom edge of C would touch the circle; and if A were enlarged to a square, the corner of that square would touch the circle also.