Cast of Characters:World is a Stage
Cast of Characters
Self-ish Subject
Lost in Space
World is a Stage
Activities & Resources
Depression Era Art
Double Exposure
Keeping Us in Stitches
A Matter of Style
Making Connections
Queen & Owl

Gertrude Abercrombie

Store Fronts

Emil Armin

Untitled (Bunny & Ballerina)

Julia Thecla


Gertrude Abercrombie, Emil Armin, and Julia Thecla composed these paintings by creating a foreground, middleground, and a background. 

A viewer can compare this arrangement of depth in a painting to the arrangement of a theatrical stage. 

  • The background compares to a painted backdrop. 
  • Figures are arranged upon the stage. 
  • The picture plane would be the curtain of the stage.

Stage drawing

As you look at these paintings pretend you are watching a play on a stage. Notice how each artist used pictorial space to create a mood and tell a story.



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