Autumn’s Victory

4 01 2013

autumn victory

My father studied art for a time. Some years ago, he told me that an image of art (at least as taught in times past) ought to encourage the viewer’s eyes to range over the entire composition in a repeating cycle. The eye should never tire of looking at things in the picture. Indeed, the eye should discover and learn new things as it keeps roving.

I don’t know if I’ve accomplished exactly that in this picture. I anticipate viewers — those steeped in Western culture — to start immediately with an overview, and then look from left to right as though reading a text. (Click on the image above for a better size.) In so doing, you’ll see green leaves of summer. As the eye moves right, it will see the colors of the leaves change to autumn red and yellow. Farther right, the eye sees less foliage, more branches, and the color white, which in itself hearkens to the white of coming winter snow.  The center of attention is red, autumn’s special. Red is the opposite of green, summer’s standard. Red, supplemented with yellow, makes this a picture of autumn, but not a static one. The picture is also a depiction of the passage of time and the flow of the seasons. And the victory? Look at the limbs of the maple tree and notice the V-for-victory configuration. Summer is ending; winter is pending. Autumn, however, manages to put on, as it were, a best in show.

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6 01 2013
sw65

What a great way to view this picture. Your father had a great eye for art. I will look at all pictures differently now.

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