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(Art Terms) a network of fine cracks on old paintings caused by the deterioration of pigment or varnish
[C20: from French, from craqueler to crackle, from craquer to crack, of imitative origin]


(krækˈlʊər, ˈkræk lʊər)

a network of fine cracks or crackles on the surface of a painting caused chiefly by shrinkage of paint film or varnish.
[1910–15; < French, <craquel(er) to crackle, crack]
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In the nearly half century since, the hematoid red brushed over this turbid, absorptive ground has seeped in ever more deeply so that certain passages are now quite matte, others less so, and still others filigreed with a fine craquelure.
It's called craquelure and, she assures us, it is simple to apply and guaranteed to cover the whole surface in fine cracks.
The silver-gelatin print was scorched and washed with brown ink; as if to exaggerate the faded romanticism of the photo, Welling introduced craquelure across its surface.
And in the track proves she has a keen eye for material juxtaposition, as attested by the craquelure of air-dried clay pressed into chicken wire on one figure's head, or the narrow metal tube that winds sinuously throughout its body, contrasting with its primarily organic components.
Frid presses her aluminum foil over lengths of string, giving her sky a striation that becomes a kind of meandering craquelure.
In a nearby painting two rectangles and a triangle meet below another field of blue, here broken up by a craquelure of black lines and horizontal dashes of white.
In the floor installation River, 2000, a thick layer of dove gray local clay is splintering into an overall craquelure as it slowly hardens.
Layer upon layer of glaze is applied in successive firings--indeed, the glaze is invariably thicker than the body--and the large-scale craquelure is provoked after the last firing by a well-controlled cooling process and subsequent staining.
A fine craquelure effect further underscores the antique nature of the design.
From an aperture on the work's top, a band of a different white, marked by a scratchy, textured craquelure, runs down toward the base like drool.
Some of them have as much craquelure as something from the 15th century.