Low key

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For other uses, see Low key (disambiguation).
Low key oil painting

Low key as a term used in describing paintings or photographs is related to but not the same as low-key lighting in cinema or photography.[1]

A painting or image is low key if its dominant values are dark.[2]

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  1. ^ "What does it mean for a photograph to be "high key"?". Photography - Stack Exchange. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Toogood, James (2004). Incredible Light & Texture in Watercolor. North Light Books. p. 45. ISBN 1-58180-439-3.