Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Chair #35

—from the Chiaroscuro sheer collection

Sporty! Seems like the sort of chair and aviation buff would sit in while watching one of his coveted collection of vintage Red Baron films on. By jove!! I can envision this eccentric old chap... sporting a distressed leather bomber jacket, aviator's cap, and a white scarf. I wish I could dig up more information on this chair. All I could find was that it's from the Chiaroscuro sheer collection sold exclusively at LeeJofa. Anyone?

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Chiaroscuro, which is a fabulous Italian word for light-dark,  is a term in art that shows a contrast between light and dark. The term is usually applied to bold contrasts affecting a whole composition, but is also more technically used by artists and art historians for the use of effects representing contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modeling three-dimensional objects— a portrait or the human body. A Chiaroscuro drawing would typically be on colored paper with the drawing in a dark medium and white highlighting. The term is now also used in describing similar effects in the lighting of cinema and photography.

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