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ggrisaille - A style of monochromatic painting in shades of gray, used especially for the representation of relief sculpture, or to simulate one. Achromatic painting. May refer to a gray underpainting, laid for subsequent color glazing. Also, a kind of paint which can be fired onto glass.

(pr. greez-eye', or griz-eye')


Examples of grisaille:



see thumbnail to leftJacob de Wit (Dutch, 1695-1754), Children Playing with a Goat, grisaille, oil on canvas, 26 3/4 x 41 inches (67.9 x 104.1 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.




see thumbnail to rightGiovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, Venetian, 1696-1770), A Female Allegorical Figure, grisaille, 1740-50, oil on canvas, gold ground, oval, 32 x 25 3/8 inches (81.3 x 64.5 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. See allegory.




see thumbnail to leftJean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Workshop (French, 1780-1867), Odalisque in Grisaille, 1824-34, oil on canvas, 32 3/4 x 43 inches (83.2 x 109.2 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. Ingres produced this picture several years after painting the original color version, The Grand Odalisque, now in the Louvre. See Neoclassicism and odalisque.





see thumbnail to rightCharles Bird King (American, 1785-1862), after Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Jefferson, 1836, oil grisaille on wood panel, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC. See profile.



see thumbnail to leftFrederic Remington (American, 1861-1909), Fight Over a Waterhole, 1897, oil on canvas, 27 x 40 inches, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA. See nocturne.



see thumbnail to rightChuck Close (American, 1940-), Frank, 1969, acrylic on canvas, 108 x 84 inches, Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Also see Photo-Realism.


Also see monochrome.



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