Grisaille

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Grisaille

From Virgil Elliott

Published before 2005


Graydon Parrish wrote:
Those are modern ideas of scumble and glaze that don't seem to be supported by history, for the most part. In the Delacroix book, he only uses the terms frottis and glacis. I think you need further clarification and study before your book is published to really pin down the definitions.

Graydon,

Eastlake, in his book published in 1847, draws a distinction between glazes and scumbles on the basis of glazes being made from transparent paint, and scumbles from opaque paint. He draws heavily on Joshua Reynolds in this, and quotes him often. The French terms, "frottis" and "glacis" may or may not correspond precisely to mean scumbling and glazing, in Delacroix's's use of them, but in any case there was a distinction drawn in the English language at least as far back as the 18th century, unless Eastlake is misquoting Reynolds, and I doubt that he was.

I'll be happy to include a French glossary of art terms in my book, and in fact have already mentioned most of those terms in the section on French academic methods of the 19th century. At this point, I can change anything that needs changing, or add whatever I might want to add, since the book has not been published yet. I have spent the years since 1985 doing extensive research for it, writing and rewriting it, so it is not going to be a half-assed effort, I can assure you of that. I am not so young any more, so there is a need to get it into print before too much longer. The more funerals I attend of friends my age and younger, the more impossible it becomes for me to ignore the reality of my own mortality and the passing of time. I would rather see the book published while I am still alive. I don't doubt that there will be those who will take issue with one point or another, once it is published, but I don't see that as a reason not to publish it. There is quite a long and growing waiting list of interested parties who are urging me to get it into print, and I do not wish to let them down.

Virgil