Silhouette

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The interior of a silhouette is featureless, and the whole is typically presented on a light background, usually white, or none at all.

A silhouette is the image of a person, animal, object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single colour, usually black, its edges matching the outline of the subject. The interior of a silhouette is featureless, and the whole is typically presented on a light background, usually white, or none at all.


CONTENT : A - F , G - L , M - R , S - Z , See also , External links

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Quotes are arranged alphabetically by author

A - F[edit]

...It is like the Myth of Eurydice: when Orpheus turns around to look at her, she vanishes and returns to hell...Jean Baudrillard.
One night there was an enormous full moon, fat and hanging right above the horizon, as though too debauched and decrepit to rise any farther. We were stoned, and the black Romanesque steeple of the church on the corner stood silhouetted against the moon, entwined with the shapes of branches of a dead tree...Michael Chabon.
The silhouette is the most important thing in clothes. Every French girl knows that. High-waisted trousers give you long legs and a pretty bum which, after all, is what we all want. - Lou Doillon.
  • Watch me at the window from your place on the couch
    You watch me pretending that I am really looking out
    You say, "Come here, I can't see you in this light"
    But I'm much safer beside the moon tonight
    'Cause when I am a silhouette
    I have no fear, I can love you from here
    When I am a silhouette
    I can give myself to you and you'd never see through, never through.
  • You can't remember sex. You can remember the fact of it, and recall the setting, and even the details, but the sex of the sex cannot be remembered, the substantive truth of it, it is by nature self-erasing, you can remember its anatomy and be left with a judgment as to the degree of your liking of it, but whatever it is as a splurge of being, as a loss, as a charge of the conviction of love stopping your heart like your execution, there is no memory of it in the brain, only the deduction that it happened and that time passed, leaving you with a silhouette that you want to fill in again.

G - L[edit]

The silhouette was named for Etienne de Silhouette, the notoriously stingy finance minister to Louis XV, who ironically was himself incapable of casting a shadow, due to lycanthropy? - John Hodgman.
  • ...beds were quiet and she allowed her eyes to dwell in thought on the dark-veiled silhouette in the mirrors, she felt a thrill of admiration for that solitary form patrolling without visible strain or vainglory a demented dreamland of fearful potential.
Alone With The Sunrise
It's the way that we lie in the sand
(Slips right through my hands)
And the way that the sun makes your silhouette...
  • Alone With The Sunrise
    It's the way that we lie in the sand
    (Slips right through my hands)
    And the way that the sun makes your silhouette
    And the chances that I have to make you smile
    They're not coming around
    Now I'm alone
  • The introduction of symmetries belongs here too, silhouettes in inkblots, etc. Likewise the gradation we establish in the order of creatures: all this is not in the things but in us. In general we cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.

M - R[edit]

  • A cluster of stars palely glowed above us, between the silhouettes of long thin leaves; that vibrant sky seemed as naked as she was under her light frock. I saw her face in the sky, strangely distinct, as if it emitted a faint radiance of its own.
  • The trees that whisper in the evening
    Carried away by a moonlight shadow
    Sing a song of sorrow and grieving
    Carried away by a moonlight shadow
    All she saw was a silhouette of a gun
    Far away on the other side.
    He was shot six times by a man on the run
    And she couldn't find how to push through.
  • Roger: The fire's out anyway.
    Group: No day but today.
    Roger: Take your powder, take your candle.
    Group: No day but today.
    Roger: Take your brown eyes, your pretty smile, your silhouette.
    Group: No day but today.
    Roger: Another time, another place, another rhyme, a warm embrace.

S - Z[edit]

The simplest and most classic kind of silhouette cameo is the bust-length portrait. Originally known as 'shades', these were popular all over England and the New World during the Georgian and Regency periods. The vast majority of party silhouettes cut today are of this kind...
It is the Late city that first defies the land, contradicts Nature in the lines of its silhouette, denies all Nature. It wants to be something different from and higher than Nature. These high-pitched gables, these Baroque cupolas, spires, and pinnacles, neither are, nor desire to be, related with anything in Nature. And then begins the gigantic megalopolis, the city-as-world, which suffers nothing beside itself and sets about annihilating the country picture.
  • I like a very sexy silhouette, and I like to feel like when you put something on, you zip yourself into it, and you're secure in there.
  • The most classic of all silhouettes tend to be cut at period costume balls. Piled up wigs and masks - together with flowing dresses and elegant coats - offer a wonderful opportunity for a silhouettist, who may find himself cutting some very eighteenth-century looking portraits.
    • The Silhouettes in: "The Silhouettes Classic Hand-cut Cameos: Either bust-length..."
  • It is the Late city that first defies the land, contradicts Nature in the lines of its silhouette, denies all Nature. It wants to be something different from and higher than Nature. These high-pitched gables, these Baroque cupolas, spires, and pinnacles, neither are, nor desire to be, related with anything in Nature. And then begins the gigantic megalopolis, the city-as-world, which suffers nothing beside itself and sets about annihilating the country picture.

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