According to Cambridge dictionary, the word "pretension" means "the appearance of being more important or more serious than there is reason for", and it gives the following example:
"Leonard’s paintings have a real freedom from pretension."
Does the example mean that Leonard’s paintings don't really have a real freedom? Or that his paintings are not that important or serious?
And Collins has: "if you say that someone has pretension, you disapprove of them because they claim or pretend that they are more important than they really are." And the example given is "Her wide-eyed innocence soon exposes the pretensions of the art world".
Does the example here mean she realizes the art world is not that important?