Definition of light and shade in English:

light and shade

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  • 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. 1.1 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.’