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f87ee9044eeb6b5409f4c19e966730f25c9db436798bb628433260b5750465dbLines serve the artist to create mass, as well as indicate few other particulars regarding the sitter or subject (still-life, figures etc.,) light source,shapes etc., Hatching brings out the sitter to the fore. Gauntness of the sitter is emphasized by shading. In the second subject ‘clouds’ lines are done away with. Colors create massing and fluidity of colors streaking in the middle indicate  impending rain.

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7065f3ffb855f5b6c5982bc584a5bf2ebb98555a2e1871b7de44876cbbbad3f5Quality of line depends on the medium and individuality of the artist. Egon Schiele’s couple is drawn in which Schiele’s mastery of line is evident in the unbroken contour. John Singer Sergeant is more dynamic where the broken lines are more concerned with the intimacy of sharing a secret. In a crowded moment two friends finding time to share a bit of news suddenly recalled.

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0db9397fbbc053570ee244f6f84484963135ce3ca9bae086bc5b29ae1cdf9625What is in a line? It stands as the means for representing the object. It can also enclose space as Matisse drawing shows. His line is not aiming at anatomical accuracy but to denote volume of the hand at rest. Aim is different and in whichever case these communicate, art in a nutshell.

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233fb727c76f8f2b843a0855aaea7548                                                             b4b0dde3c6d265db7761eca53c1da37acharcoal on paper, 22.5 x 16.5 cm | Pablo Picasso, completed 1900 | Museo Picasso, Barcelona- wikipaintings.org/pintrest-astrid nordheim

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