A technique of painting in grey monochrome applied to paintings, for murals or painted on textiles, where they sometimes emulate relief as trompe l’oeils. I’ve seen grisaille panels pinned to the walls like tapestries in France, Italy, Holland and Swedenand they have always looked perfect, , and once saw a perfect series of framed panels for sale in the Battersea antiques fair–sadly outside my budget.

Used decoratively in interiors, it creates a very beautiful, very restful feel, as in John Saladino’s celebrated dining wall. To showcase grisaille on a wall or a section, commission a painter or buy very good wallpaper panel copies of ancient works from Zuber & Cie.

Monochromatic art that is essentially in greens is called verdaille and in browns – brunaille

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