Vincent VanGough was a master at transposing line to landscape, and there is no ambivalance his line. He used clear purposeful lines in all his landscapes - even in areas without lines, like the sky. He often used line also as a pattern, and without form. Some of his pictures use the aged line and others the youthful. You can judge by the landscapes below. First look at the youthful lines in the 'Wheat Field and Cypress Pines' ...
My final point here is that understanding the power of line, in drawing, is yet another spanner in the painter's tool kit used to dissemble and reassemble. Like every powerful device it should be used with humanity and sensitivity. Communicating using line, and form, is as potent as communicating with words, only more universal. The painting above is merely composed of consistent adult female lines where even the reverse curve of the nose gives the impression it is convex!. I must say I prefer this to the 'ambivalent' example.
STUDENT ACTIVITY: Make an outline drawing of Modigliani's nude shown above.
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