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Asymmetrical Balance in Art: Definition, Design & Examples

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What is the opposite of asymmetrical balance?

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1. Why is asymmetrical balance often considered more interesting or complex than symmetrical balance?

2. In an asymmetrical composition, a large, dull colored shape could be balanced out by:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help test your understanding of the deliberate use of asymmetry in art. Quiz questions require knowledge of asymmetrical balance and how it is achieved, as well as its application in famous works of art.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To pass this quiz you should be familiar with:

  • Effective use of shape and color in asymmetrical works
  • Paul Gauguin's Christ on the Mount of Olives
  • Raymond Duchamp Villon's Cheval Majeur

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to view the artistic use of asymmetrical balance in a different light
  • Making connections - use understanding of asymmetry to answer questions about its use in famous works of art, such as Christ on the Mount of Olives by Paul Gauguin
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the use of asymmetrical balance with the alternative technique

Additional Learning

To learn more, see the lesson called Asymmetrical Balance in Art: Definition, Design & Examples. Here you can read about:

  • The use of asymmetry in Johannes Vermeer's Woman Holding a Balance
  • Elements used to create asymmetrical balance
  • How asymmetrical balance achieves harmony
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