You can learn to “read” an image in a similar way to howyou learned to read a paragraph. Artists use a basic visual vocabulary to create or build an artwork. From a wide range of possibilities, an artist carefully chooses, emphasizes and interprets combination of the fundamentals to create a new way of seeing.  




Peter de Ring
Leyden, ca. 1615-1660
Still Life with Lobster, ca. 1650
Oil on canvas

Maurice de Vlaminck
French, 1876-1958
Still Life, 1905
Oil on canvas
Jane and Roger Wolcott Memorial
Gift of Thomas T. Solley, 77.2