chapter  21
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Monochrome

A subdued scene, a narrow range of colours, twilight, dawn, dark passages, shady bowers. The minimal palettes of monochrome landscapes are evocative of melancholy, with their gentle tonality and restful monotony. There are echoes of the condition of camou age, allowing for elements to fuse into the background. It seems no coincidence that the term grisaille, which refers to a painting in grey monochrome, is also a French word for melancholy, tethering together the sense of a muted, uniform scene and a pervasive sadness.