Art Term Tuesday-CONTRAST

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Today’s art term is CONTRAST. Contrast is one of the Principles of Art. 


Contrast refers to a way of combining elements in an artwork to stress the difference between those elements. Think of opposites…light versus dark, hard versus soft, rough versus smooth.  Contrast can also be achieved with color by using the complementary colors in an artwork. 

In the example above, artist Gustave Caillebotte used value to create contrast. The painting balances lights and darks to create a visually appealing painting.  The dark clothing of the people on the right of the painting contrasts with the lightness of the street on the left.  

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