One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The contrast between lighter and darker areas in a painting.
- ‘And yet Vermeer seems willing to set down the areas of light and shade just as they occur.’
- ‘His preference was for scenes of the great outdoors, painted in a vivid, dramatic style with strong contrasts of light and shade.’
- ‘The last decade of the 5th century and the first of the 4th saw the next peak of Greek painting: Pliny says Apollodorus ‘opened the gates of painting’, balancing light and shade.’
- ‘Avison also draws analogies between music and painting: both require a mixture of light and shade, foreground, middle ground and distance.’
- ‘An art movie in both senses of the word, Girl With a Pearl Earring makes use of light and shade as judiciously as Jan Vermeer, whose painting of 1665 is the film's centrepiece.’
- ‘Renoir used the Impressionist technique to great effect and this bustling street scene is brought alive by colour, light and shade.’
- 1.1 The contrast between more and less intense emphatic treatment of something.‘the sinfonietta players bring ample light and shade to the music’
- ‘It's good to hear why they like particular songs, and it gives the shows quite a lot of light and shade because of their choices - and if they buy the box set, they can have their song filmed at the gig.’
- ‘‘Judgement’ is an atmospheric and emotional work, musically balancing light and shade, metal riffs contrasting with delicate acoustic passages.’
- ‘All this is neatly capped off with strong soulful vocals, tasty guitar work, and the light and shade of the band's rhythm section.’
- ‘Director David Bintley has brought north three works of contrasting light and shade, style and vintage that add up to a superbly balanced programme.’
- ‘Beautiful tone, assured phrasing, wonderful contrasts of light and shade, the players revelled in Haydn's ever-inventive musicality.’
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