Pictorial Composition Perception
Artistic composition can be roughly defined as a structural
organisation of pictorial elements on a canvas.
Even if art history provides basic rules and heuristics, pictorial
element's segmentation, interactions and measurements are not well
As part of my PhD, these experiments begin to explore the problematic.
With the hypothesis that a true orientation is the one
chosen by the artist, previous experiments discovered that naive
and more experimented viewers significantly agreed on the right
orientation of abstract paintings (around twice the chance).
The following experiments aim at understanding the perceptual mecanisms involved in this judgement by comparing human performances on this task with a machine learning algorithm.