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The Sheepfold morning in Autumn - Analysis of the visual elements of a selected image.

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THE SHEEPFOLD MORNING IN AUTUMN Visual Studies Analysis of the visual elements of a selected image. I have chosen the image of 'The Sheepfold, Morning in Autumn' c 1850-88, by James Thomas Linnell, which can be accessed through the group folder 'shared urls' weather paintings by Margaret Ponsonby. The links I have used to access this picture are enlisted below: http://www.bbc.co.uk/paintingtheweather/ click on 'artist' Linnell http://www.bbc.co.uk/paintingtheweather/artists/index.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/paintingtheweather/csv/artist/linnell.shtml I chose this picture, as instantly I was captivated by the photograph it gives you a sense of calm aura, and I was mesmerised the sight was so overwhelming, that instantly I chose to analyse its significance. James Thomas Linnell - the artist came from a family of painters, his father used to compile romantic pictures and Linnell similarly followed his theme. That inspired Linnell to capture these images as he might have too been in love with the countryside. His paintings were based in South England in Reigate Surrey. Linnell is illustrating 'autumn' in the English countryside; he could have shown a busy city but he didn't he shows the countryside and the simplicity and the beauty of the autumn month. ...read more.

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Tonal variation is used you can almost see the red of the sky foreshadowing on to the ground and the tress casting a shadow. If you look along a straight road, the parallel sides of the road appear to meet at a point in the distance, this is shown just above the trees on the right hand side, because that is where it narrows down. This point is known as the vanishing point and has been used to add realism to art since the 1400's. The juxpositioning of the objects and scenery is fascinating; as if the sheepfold and the people were placed further we would have not concentrated on them. Linnell - the artist has really considered spacing and has achieved a contrasting division of several different elements such as the sky, the forest/woodland theme, the mooreland, sheepfold with the farmers and the autumny season. The tree on the left hand side gives us an autumn feel, and from the sky we can see that it is early dawn morning and some farmers have come about to do their daily tasks collect wood and look after the sheep, there is even a sheepdog. ...read more.

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If we look within the distance it is more blurred and the closer we look to the picture, the clearer the picture is. The composition of the painting is interesting; even the most intricate details is used, this is shown through the spade, people and the dog; the photograph almost looks like a postcard, the picture is very deep and detailed. The image of the woods looks dangerous and almost like a forbidden forest, where many unknown secrets possibly are lurking in the woods. By looking at the depth of the forest you associate that with darkness, which is different to the rest of the picture. The picture is so full of life and open, it shows the hardships that those people went through without machines and the simplicity of their life is shown by the clothes they are wearing. The weather looks forever changing, but for those workers their work is a daily chore no matter what the weather is. We interpret different messages by looking at something and examining it and judging the photograph from our own perspective. Our understanding and views of different pictures may be affected by our life experiences, everyone has a different interpretation. ...read more.

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