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What is "Poetic" in Art?

2 monthes ago   |   By Gurney Journey

Ann asks: "I hear paintings described as “poetic.” What does that mean?"
Oscar Droege , woodblock print Answer: I take "poetic" to mean that a picture expresses quiet and dignified emotions by means of understatement and suggestion. A picture is likely to be poetic if it leaves out detail or conceals information or conveys the passage of time or if it achieves a mood that is harmonious, delicate, elegant, majestic, or melancholy.
Henry Ward Ranger , (1858-1916) There's no pictorial formula to achieve a poetic feeling. You know you've got it by the result. The goal is that feeling of mood...
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