December 2017


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № №4(60) December 2017

Fine art

Vlasov Victor G.

DSc (Art Studies), Professor, Chair of History of West European Art,
Saint-Petersburg State University,
Saint-Petersburg, Russia, e-mail: natlukina@list.ru


Ponderation, balancing of unequal parts, is one of the main methods for achieving an integral composition in genres of architectonic fine art: painting, graphics, sculpture, architecture, decorative applied art, and design. A way to balance things can be found in the art of various eras. Ponderation is the reflection of the principle of the Universe based on the dissymmetry of energy processes and structure of material bodies. Dynamic balance is therefore an essential criterion of art form quality. It may be argued that the method of balancing was first provided with evidence by Gestalt psychologists in the early 20th century as an ideal form-generation tendency is universal. The author follows this tendency through using various examples.

Key words: architectonics, design graphics, art, composition, construction, ponderation, style, tectonics, art tropes, form-generation


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