Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Another 18x24 oil of the Bergen and Underhill corner in Brooklyn.
Arnheim writes, "The eager searchers who hope to find the secret of beauty in mathematical proportions expect that the golden section or some other ratio will offer them a recipe for how to design a successful building or painting. Actually, all that such measurements can do for the artist is to sharpen relations he has selected intuitively. If he wants to find the middle of a canvas or facade, a yardstick can help; but it is the artist, not the yardstick that indicated the middle as the proper answer to a compositional question. Le Corbusier's modulor never made a success of anybody who lacked the genius of its inventor."