By: Janeth, Amanda, Ezekiel, Jared

What is Balance?

Balance refers to a way of combining the elements so they add a feeling of equilibrium or stability to a work of art. There are three types of Balance:

  • Symmetrical Balance
  • Asymmetrical Balance
  • Radial Balance

Examples of Balance


In French artist Henri Rousseau's painting The Sleeping Gypsy, below, the figures, objects, and Elements are mainly located in the lower right corner of the composition, while the majority of the rest of the painting is empty sky and land. The painting is asymmetrical because of the concentration of objects on one part of the canvas only.


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Society: Balance between individual and societal liberty.

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Educational: The education system has to strike a balance between assessing a student academically, while allowing them time to develop their dreams and aspirations.

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Philosophy: There are theories of art that differ from one another in what they allege to be the real purpose or function of art but are at one with each other in the belief that art is a means to some end, whether that end be the titillation of the senses or the communization of the nations of the world or the conversion of humankind to belief in God or the improved moral beliefs or moral tone of the reader or viewer. In every case, the work of art is considered as a means to some end beyond itself, and hence what counts in the final analysis is not the nature of the work of art itself but its effects upon the audience—whether those effects be primarily sensory, cognitive, moral, religious, or social.
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Mathematically: A balance that demonstrates the equality of equations and other math concepts.

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