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Will a Square Abstract Painting Work in a Vertical Or Horizontal Format?

By Abstractartbylt @artbylt

I know there are abstract painters who say you can hang their art any way you want to--that it works in any direction.  But I don't paint that way.  Once I get to a certain stage in the process, I keep the same orientation and expect the painting to be hung that way. 

On the other hand, occasionally a client wants a print of a square painting in a vertical or horizontal format, and sometimes it works well.  Success or failure depends on the design and composition.  Here's one that works fairly well in all formats:


   Culmination, original format.

   Culmination, horizontal format.

   Culmination, vertical format.

On the other hand, some paintings simply don't work when compressed into a different format:

   For Example, original format.

   For Example, vertical format.

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