Vertical Lines:

George Seurat’s Sunday on the La Grande Jatte, 1884-6, is overwhelmingly composed of vertical lines. From left to right, the sails of the small boats, the tree trunks, the standing figures, backs of the seated figures, and various arms and legs form a series of verticals.

 

ADD INTO THIS BOX, FROM THE NEW IMAGES, THE “STATUE OF LIBERTY”

Subliminally, vertical lines have a sense of stability, based on our perception of trees in a forest. Therefore, in this painting, though there are many men, women, and children enjoying a Sunday afternoon in a park, there appears to be practically no movement. Every object appears frozen and static.

Verticality also translates to strength. Bartholdi’s  Statue of Liberty,  stands 305 feet tall. Yet even in a small reproduction or postcard sized  photo, the statue has a towering presence. This is due to the verticality of the body, the vertical lines of the garment’s folds and upward extension of the torch bearing arm.