from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A style of monochromatic painting in shades of gray, used especially for the representation of relief sculpture.
- n. A painting or design in this style.
- n. Vitrifiable glass paint.
- n. A lacy pattern painted on light glass with vitrifiable paint and fired.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In painting, a method of working which employs only varying values of gray to create form. Often a preliminary step in a fully colored painting.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Decorative painting in gray monochrome; -- used in English especially for painted glass.
- n. A kind of French fancy dress goods.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A system of painting in gray tints of various shades, produced by mixing white with black, used either simply for decoration, or to represent objects, etc., as if in relief; also, a painting, a stained-glass window, etc., executed according to this method. See camaieu.
- n. A fancy fabric with a cotton warp and a wool weft for women's wear.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. chiaroscuro painting or stained glass etc., in shades of grey imitating the effect of relief
He had noticed that wide double doors, painted in the pale brownish grey called grisaille, formed the further side of the tiny apartment.
The thickening branches make a pink 'grisaille' against the blue sky.
"grisaille," painted by Uccello, in the fifteenth century, in memory of
A dramatic chandelier of 18th-century lead crystal hangs from a fraying hemp rope, while a modern tripod floor lamp illuminates an antique grisaille wallpaper panel by Zuber.
When Braque, working from the landscape in 1908, develops a range of whites, blacks, grays, greens and browns in his Cubist paintings, he isn't limiting his palette but inventing a new language inspired equally by Parisian light, modern scientific investigation and Renaissance grisaille.
The outlines are traced and during the Renaissance, the canvas was painted with a burnt umber ground and an image made using a cloth or a brush to pull out highlights and make a high contrast underpainting called a grisaille.
February may be the shortest month but rather than see the City of Light doused in grisaille grayness, Parisians go skiing or in search of winter sun—preferably in a corner of the former French empire where there's no danger of English being the lingua franca or steaks being served well-done.
Copenhagen-Humlebaek Art "Louisiana on Paper: Vija Celmins" presents a selection of sketches by the Latvian artist known for capturing the realism of black-and-white photography in her grisaille technique.
One of his style secret weapons: old-world decorating tropes grisaille murals, floor-to-ceiling drapery made liveable.
Galleries readers may remember the love letter I penned to James Rieck back in August, when I saw his wry paintings done in monochromatic grisaille, including one rather sexy portrait of a Weber grill, in a Gallery Four group exhibition in Baltimore.