1The process of transferring designs from prepared paper on to glass or porcelain.
- 1.1A technique used by some surrealist artists which involves pressing paint between sheets of paper.‘His range of effects is unusually eloquent; there is something of the monoprint to them, as well as elements of the Surrealist techniques of decalcomania and frottage.’
- ‘In each, Krahenbuhl runs a dazzling gamut of painterly techniques: glazing, impasto, scumbling, decalcomania, fluid linear strokes and so on.’
- ‘There are obvious associations to be made with Ernst's and Tanguy's wet-paint technique, decalcomania.’
- ‘Ernst also later practised decalcomania, a process developed by Oscar Dominguez around 1936, which involved rubbing paint arbitrarily between two sheets of paper.’
- ‘Other imaginative techniques of which he was a leading exponent were frottage (which he invented in 1925) and decalcomania.’
- 1.1A technique used by some surrealist artists which involves pressing paint between sheets of paper.
Mid 19th century from French décalcomanie, from décalquer ‘transfer a tracing’ + -manie ‘-mania’ (with reference to the enthusiasm for the process in the 1860s).
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