In Between the Lines

Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866 – 1944) Panel design for the “Juryfreie” exhibition, Wall A (Entwurf für das Wandbild in der Juryfreien Kunstschau: Wand A), 1922 Gouache on black paper 13 11/16 × 23 5/8 in. Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Paris Gift of Mrs. Nina Kandinsky in 1976 AM 1976-889 © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/ Georges Meguerditchian / Dist.RMN-GP © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris


Artists use lines to express movement, texture, and space. Step into the Juryfreie Murals room and identify the many ways lines are used.

For instance, repeated lines create a sense of movement. Overlapping lines help suggest texture, while the weight and proximity of lines, such as having thick bold lines in the foreground and thin delicate lines in the background, convey the illusion of space.

Extend the activity by selecting a section of the mural to sketch. Remember, only pencils are allowed in the galleries.

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