One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A method of painting in grey monochrome, typically to imitate sculpture.‘trompe l'oeil elevations painted in grisaille’
- ‘There were also smaller studies, many in grisaille.’
- ‘Painted in grisaille, they show a top-hatted character wandering through hilly landscapes and inclement weather.’
- ‘The center panel, executed in grisaille, shows the dog of the title - a pointer - walking down a flight of stairs somewhat uneasily, as dogs tend to do.’
- ‘Its colour scheme - grisaille on a dark blue ground - and the decoration of its reverse both suggest that it was made in Venice around 1540-60.’
- ‘Although she paints basically in grisaille, she will often add color to the figures to approximate old-fashioned hand-tinted photographs.’
- 1.1count noun A grisaille painting or stained-glass window.‘fine grisailles by Hans Holbein the Elder’
- ‘When Eddy and Sophie met he mainly painted grisailles, works in shades of grey.’
- ‘He made grisailles of the destitute and maimed which have a moralizing character.’
- ‘The mechanically produced grisailles are of the same high standard of quality that I have always demanded of my work.’
- ‘Within the present exhibition, the emphasis is on Richter's paintings based on photographs, his pure paintings, his famous grisailles and in particular the abstract expressionist works.’
- ‘The sacristy is also worth visiting: it was built in the 16th century and has some interesting grisailles from that period.’
Mid 19th century: French, from gris ‘grey’.
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