Shy • Uncertain  

 Shy • Uncertain  

 Shy • Uncertain  

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• The piece is given an overall tone of reticence

Works of art that express a shy/uncertain tone might depict characters that are awkwardly withdrawn… hesitant to engage with other characters or the viewer. Stylistic elements such as muted colors, low contrast in the values, and a washed out look with minimal indication of form might add to a tone of shy uncertainty.

An artist might impart a shy/uncertain tone to a piece due to his or her own emotional state, or the artist might choose to evoke this tone as a reflection of the characters being portrayed. A shy/uncertain tone might also be adopted to suit a piece meant for a setting or purpose that demands an expression of reticence.

Featured: Portrait of a Woman by Barthel Bruyn the Elder.

 Shy • Uncertain  

 Shy • Uncertain  

 Shy • Uncertain