Friday, 22 June 2012
Hogarth's Line of Beauty
Self portrait of William Hogarth and an example of the ‘line of beauty’ he used in his compositions. He believed that this curved, S-shaped line excited the viewer’s eye with its energetic movement (as opposed to straight lines or right angles).
We couldn’t help but recall William Hogarth’s ‘line of beauty’ as defined in his book the Analysis of Beauty (1753) after recently posting a couple photos of objects that exemplify this theory and span two centuries! Here we have reposted Greta Magnusson Grossman’s 1950s Grasshopper floor lamp next to the Louis XV bureau sold this month at Artcurial. Hogarth’s theory is most often referenced in painting but we believe it can also be applied to Design. Perhaps this similarity speaks to the fact that both of these objects are icons of design. We personally think this light works quite well next to this bureau!