Design Analysis

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The lines are mostly lines that make the shapes of people and buildings. The lines are curved and smooth, and some are hard to see. He blends colors well, so finding lines is hard to do in this painting. He uses his thickest lines in most of the peoples' clothing, and thin lines in their faces and skin.


He uses both organic and geometric shapes. People don't have definate shapes to them, so they're the subjects in the painting with organic shapes. The buildings and ferris wheel in the back have geometric shapes.


There isn't a color scheme to this because it is in the city and many colors make up a busy city street. He does use a tint of white though to show the sunlight. There is a lot of blue "haze" in the crowd as well.

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The actual texture of the painting is rough, some areas are thick, like the ferris wheel and the feathers on the top left. It looks as though he dabbed his paint on in those areas, making a rough surface.


This painting has mostly high key value because of the white tint he uses on the subjects from the sunlight. The places where there is low key is where parts of things are facing away from the sun, so they have a shadow. The crowd and the buildings in the back are low key as well, because they are in the distance and away from the bright sun.

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There is an illusion of 3D objects, but they aren't actual. He uses the value to show the shading and shape of his subjects.


There is depth in the artwork, it clearly goes back and the subjects get smaller. There is an abundance of overlapping because of the crowd of moving people. The people in the front overlap the crowd, the crowd overlaps the buildings. There isn't any linear perspective, but the viewer can see how, as they look, can see it moving back into a space in the background.


This painting isn't balanced symmetrically, if it were to be folded in half, there would be no exact same side. The reason for its asymmetry is on one side, there are big people (the medicine man and his women) and the other side has smaller people and buildings in the background.

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The emphasis is the medicine man. Him and the women around him are all the biggest thing in the painting, and they also have the most lighting from the sunlight. This makes the viewer look at them first when they glance at the painting.

Repetition and Rhythm:

The element repeated in the artwork is the blue-ish haze on everything besides the emphasis. There is a rhythm to this work because the blurred people in the background make it seem as though they're moving, and the blurring of them is a repeated technique to help create this rhythm.


The elements repeated are color and value. He uses these repeatedly because of the sunlight on the people and the shadows away from the sunlight to show their shape. The blue-ish haze in the painting is repeated as well, to unify the crowd to the sky, and the sky to the sunlight which is then shown on the people.


The first thing the viewer sees is the medicine man, then their eye moves to the girls behind him or to the girl to the right of him. Her arm makes the viewer look over to the crowd because it is stretched out in front of them. As the eye moves to her fingertips, the eye travels along the people on the bottom right and then to the back and ends up at the ferris wheel to the buildings and back to the girls on the left.