Movement in Art

what is movement in art?

Movement is an essential part of any composition as it gives the artwork character and it tells us, the viewers, what is happening.

what is movement in art?

Movement creates visual effects that inform the meaning of the artwork.

types of movement in art

physical representation of movement

The physical representation of movement is when motion is overtly or observably depicted in the artwork.

implied movement

We can look at implied movement as an action that is about to occur or the suggestion of a movement. This can also involve the transition between two movements.

the illusion of movement

This refers to movement created through illusory effects in compositions, often recalling the artworks from the Op Art style.

guiding movement

Guiding movement simply means that a composition guides our gaze, so to say; it can be towards a singular focal point or a busier composition with various narratives.

movement artwork examples

Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash (1912) Giacomo Balla The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1831) by Katsushika Hokusai Zebra (1937) and Vega III (1957 to 1959) by Victor Vasarely The Last Supper (1495 to 1498) by Leonardo da Vinci