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This artist used an uneven outline with thick and thin, curved and jagged lines to suggest the nervous energy of his subject.

Detail of Portrait of Paris von Gütersloh

Egon Schiele, Portrait of Paris von Gütersloh, 1918, oil on canvas, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Gift of the P. D. McMillan Land Company

Egon Schiele
Portrait of Paris von Gütersloh, 1918
oil on canvas
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Gift of the P. D. McMillan Land Company
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Outlines are used in this painting to describe the shapes of the dog and the moon. The artist also uses line, varying it's direction and thickness, to describe the emotional quality of the dog's howl.

Paul Klee, Howling Dog, 1928, oil on canvas, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Gift of F. C. Schang

Paul Klee
Howling Dog, 1928
oil on canvas
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Gift of F. C. Schang
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Heavy, dark lines both outline and emphasize basic shapes and to communicate feelings of loss and despair.

Odilon Redon, Death, my irony supasses all others! 1889, lithograph on chine collé, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Putnam Dana McMillan Fund

Odilon Redon
Death, my irony surpasses all others! 1889
lithograph on chine collé
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The Putnam Dana McMillan Fund
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Types of Line  |  Edge and Outline  |  Expressive Line  |  Implied Line  |  Texture and Pattern

 
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