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chiaroscuro

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Definition art:  a painting technique that skillfully contrasts light and shadow
  • Rembrandt is known for strong chiaroscuro effects.
  • Art and Archaeology is murkier and more velvety than last year, and filled with impasto and chiaroscuro.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • They matched the chiaroscuro designs on the brick wall.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The Italians call this chiaroscuro.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Chiaroscuro, she thought.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • On one of these sat a small, pale, and wrinkled person, motionlessly shadowed and yielding an effect as of some fading, antique portrait in chiaroscuro.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • It seemed to him that he could see the yellow day opening peacefully on before him, like a corridor, an arras, into a still chiaroscuro without urgency.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Not that Mr. Wakem had not other sons beside Philip; but toward them he held only a chiaroscuro parentage, and provided for them in a grade of life duly beneath his own.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • And now as I approached closer to the front door I saw the two of them pressed together, defined in obscure relief against the pink hallway where a dangling forty-watt lightbulb, nearly engulfed by a cloud of fluttering moths, cast its palsied chiaroscuro.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • We're each of us our own chiaroscuro, our own bit of illusion fighting to emerge into something solid, something real.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Inside the vestibule at the top of the stairs stood the chiaroscuro figure of a man.
    David Wroblewski  --  The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
  • A dark tonality, great chiaroscuro.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • It was hot; heat quivered up from the asphalt, giving to the familiar buildings about the square a nimbus quality, a quality of living and palpitant chiaroscuro.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • I halted and stood quite still as they plunged toward each other through the chiaroscuro of dimly trembling, leafy light, and I heard the sobbing sounds that Sophie made just before they collided and embraced.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice

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