Decoding art: our composition analysis courses at L'Artquarium

Compositional analysis is a crucial part of our teaching at L'Artquarium. It enables students to understand how works of art are constructed, how elements combine to create visual impact.

In our composition analysis courses, we guide you through painting analysis techniques, helping you to decipher subtleties and develop a deeper appreciation of art.

Whether you're a budding artist or an art lover, composition analysis will enrich your understanding and appreciation of art.

Painters have always felt the need to organize space and create links between the various elements that make up an image. It's only natural, then, that they should turn to geometry as a vehicle for achieving perfect harmony.

The Crib - Albert Anker

In this painting by Albert Anker (La Crèche II, 1894, 61 x 112cm, oil on canvas), Gilbert Wolfisberg shows us how Anker uses space, form and the inherent structure of the painting to create a flow that even takes the viewer into account.

The indispensable bell pepper - Felix Vallotton

Discover the concept of passing forms in a classic painting by Felix Vallotton. Gilbert Wolfisberg's analysis reveals some of the keys to understanding the beauty of pictorial language.

La Mousmé - Vincent Van Gogh

Discover this little-known painting by Vincent Van Gogh, painted over a century ago (1888) and still relevant today. An analysis by Gilbert Wolfisberg.

How to decode a Pierre Soulages (Painting analysis)

Pierre Soulages is a painter who is often misunderstood, or not understood at all, because his work is difficult to access. For some time now, painting has been experimenting with the limits of pictorial language, resulting in highly synthetic works such as Malevich's "Carré blanc sur fond blanc", Yves Klein's monochromes or Soulages' "outrenoirs". In this video, I decode one of this artist's landmark works and try to give you a few keys to reading it!

A detail that changes everything - Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

In this painting by Rembrandt, I highlight a technical aspect: tension. It's a technical pirouette that allows Rembrandt to maintain dynamism in his image. Most amateur painters are unaware of these concepts, which tend to spoil their creations without them even realizing it.

Jackson Pollock... Does he really do "anything"?

Jackson Pollock is the founder of gestural painting, and also the painter through whom confusion arrived in painting...On seeing his paintings, many thought: "ah we can do anything!" And yet, his painting is much more skilful and controlled than it seems.

His extensive knowledge of pictorial language, the principles of composition based on the golden ratio, and his understanding of the architecture hidden beneath the image are all quite evident when you take a closer look at one of his most famous paintings.

My Father - William Beckmann

Today we're analyzing a painting by William Beckmann (1988-93). We're going to see why "My Father" is a good painting, which works and is pleasant to look at. Beyond the subject, it's the respect of certain aesthetic principles that engenders beauty.

An analysis by Gilbert Wolfisberg.

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Learn more about the world of art with Culture Peinture

At L'Artquarium, we believe that learning about art is a fascinating journey, through the analysis and interpretation of works by classical, modern and contemporary masters.

That's why we invite you to take our online courses with Culture Peinture, where we offer in-depth analysis and art lessons that go far beyond the confines of the studio.

Here you can learn the language of painting in the same way as you learn the language of music. We believe that every student is unique, which is why our courses are tailored to each student's goals and level. Join us and begin your journey to artistic mastery.