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Frottage

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Source: Oxford University Press

Technique of reproducing a texture or relief design by laying paper over it and rubbing it with some drawing medium, for example pencil or crayon. Max Ernst and other Surrealist artists incorporated such rubbings into their paintings by means of collage. It is also a popular method of making rubbings of medieval church brasses and other ancient monuments and inscriptions.

Dora Párez-Tibi
From Grove Art Online

© 2009 Oxford University Press

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