The intimacy of the contrasting figures in the painting represented to Peck the love he had for his longtime wife, Veronique Peck.
His or her psychological development can still be influenced by the contrasting features of both genders.
Following their split, the two have embarked on contrasting career paths.
1690s, from French contraster (Old French contrester), modified by or from Italian contrastare "stand out against, strive, contend," from Vulgar Latin *contrastare "to withstand," from Latin contra "against" (see contra) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
Middle English had contrest "to fight against, to withstand," which became extinct. Modern word re-introduced as an art term. Related: Contrasted; contrasting; contrastive.
1711, from contrast (v.).