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 (grĭ-zī′, -zāl′)
1. A style of monochromatic painting in shades of gray, used especially for the representation of relief sculpture.
2. A painting or design in this style.
a. Vitrifiable glass paint.
b. A lacy pattern painted on light glass with vitrifiable paint and fired.

[French, from gris, gray, from Old French, from Frankish *grīs.]
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(ɡrɪˈzeɪl; French ɡrizɑj)
1. (Art Terms) a technique of monochrome painting in shades of grey, as in an oil painting or a wall decoration, imitating the effect of relief
2. (Art Terms) a painting, stained glass window, etc, in this manner
[C19: from French, from gris grey]
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(grɪˈzaɪ, -ˈzeɪl)

monochromatic painting in shades of gray.
[1840–50; < French =gris gray + -aille n. suffix]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grisaille - chiaroscuro painting or stained glass etc., in shades of grey imitating the effect of reliefgrisaille - chiaroscuro painting or stained glass etc., in shades of grey imitating the effect of relief
chiaroscuro - a monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color
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Years later, Les Lointains (1825) offered viewers a romantic, classical composition in grisaille featuring architectural elements dotting a tranquil garden, followed by Decor Chinois (1832), which depicts a vibrant botanical Chinese landscape.
Anthropologie's Etched Arcadia mural, for example, was recently used by two different local interior designers known for their mix of traditional and modern elements: Lauren Liess of Great Falls created a statement wall in her offices using the grisaille (or gray-toned) forest scene; Northern Virginia designer Alison Giese liked it so much she installed it in two different projects.
Be sure not to miss Constant Montald's grisaille gouache of a snowy pond in winter at Ambrose Naumann Fine Art: with its pristine snowy whites set against the deep, dull grey of the pond, the sketch will make you shudder with cold.
The book shows the interiors of Shchukin's Moscow palace lined with paintings (by van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse and Picasso) whose vivid (digitalized) colors against the grisaille rooms still shock.
By leaning on the rare Grisaille enamel technique, applied using a brush then creating subtle contrasts and shadows using a needle, the cap and barrel emulate white and blue porcelain art depicting hunters riding their horses as they chase tigers in the wild.
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Soon Cole zeroes in on Grisaille, an exchange student from Portugal with hairy armpits and plenty of sexual experience.
In 'California Art Collector,' a matron, rendered in modern grisaille, occupies an armchair beneath a lean-to that echoes the manger in Piero Della Francesca's 'Nativity' in the National Gallery in London.
Handler, who is perhaps better known by his pen name Lemony Snicket, gives his hero more depth when Cole meets his match in the exotic, experienced Grisaille.
But the catalog also includes one produced in pastels on paper, another in silverpoint and watercolor on parchment, and some striking examples by Karl Gustav Klingstedt who used Indian ink and watercolor on parchment to achieve the effect of grisaille. Similarly, a variety of materials were used to encase the miniatures.
Each one is crafted with luxurious materials like gold and silver spangles, grisaille enamel, Limoges white and gold powder that emphasize their luminosity.