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Explanation: This is a suggestion, as it is difficult to know without seeing the picture. If there is a link to it, it would help because we could know whether the light was shining on the subject from the front, or if the light was oncoming in the sense of a sunrise. Daylight coming, or even moonlight.
Explanation: Puisque c'est le sujet du tableau qui est "portrayed in on-coming light", je dirais que la lumière brille en direction du sujet. Une voiture passante éclairant le visage d'une personne le soir, par exemple.
ViktoriaG Canada Local time: 20:08 Native speaker of: French, English PRO pts in pair: 163