Values can be used as a primary compositional principle.
They can be used to create movement and interest.

A change in value suggests motion, which draws the eye.

In this painting by Corot, we can see how by the clear use of a few values he is able to draw and focus our attention.

I have transformed the image into greyscale to make this easier to see.

 

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