Art Analysis: The Architectural Fantasy By Hubert Robert

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The Architectural Fantasy by Hubert Robert is an oil painting created in 1802. For an architectural painting, is displays much emotion through the use of color, line, and light. The painting does not utilize a multitude of colors but still is able to provide an exciting scene. Although it does not appear to be that large in the gallery, the work would actually be prominent if it were a standalone piece. The artist’s use of perspective, light, and color give the overall composition a balanced look. The main focus of the painting is the architectural aspect. The scene is dominated by the main building and the large arched bridge that juts out in front of it. It is proportionally placed within the canvas. The width of the central façade makes up the central portion of the painting with the doorway being centered within the entire composition. The perspective of the painting, although not on axis, has the illusion of being balanced due to the centralized doorway and the aspect of the bridge being almost…show more content…
The main color scheme of this painting is very muted and includes mainly earth tones such as grey and tan. Even his use of blue is very minimal and muted. The main building is illuminated by the sun coming from the left, outside of the scene. It shines on the central façade and the portion of the building in the background, as well as beneath the bridge. It shines the brightest where it comes through beneath the bridge and illuminates the bank of the river along with the people on it. The bottom of the arched bridge is partially lit and includes coffers, which include more aspects of shadow. The illuminated area below the bridge is balanced in size with the portion of the façade above, fitting in with the plan of the “W.” The light also shines onto the water of the canal where the color of the water reflects that of the sky, providing unity between the bottom and the top of the
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