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What is Value in Art?


Close-up section of a ceramic lamp
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(noun) - An element of art, value refers to the lightness or darkness of a color. Value becomes critical in a work which has no colors other than black, white, and a gray scale. For a great example of value in action, think of a black and white photograph. You can easily visualize how the infinite variations of gray suggest planes and textures.

Pronunciation: val·you

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