Horizontal Horizon

Effective placement of the horizon line in composition with focus on line and balance in composition.

Placement of the horizon line sets the mood of a painting. It levels your eye and gives an illusion that objects recede from it.  By placing the line at the base of a painting, it creates a peaceful tranquil feeling. When the line is placed at the top of a painting, you control the view by drawing them into the painting. For example, post impressionists, like Van Gogh painted the toils of the common people working in the field effectively drawing the viewer in by placing the horizon line upward. This very effective approach was not necessarily looked upon as desirable by the salons and aristocracy during that time.


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