Pronounced greez-EYE

Grisaille is a style of painting in shades of only one color. This is done by using dark and light tones on a mid-tone background. Traditionally grisaille is black and white on a gray background (example at right). Grisaille can also be done in other colors. Shown at left is a canine portrait in dark brown and white on a tan background. The examples below are a young woman in mauve and white on a peach background, and a Buddhist Lama in raspberry red and white on an orange background.

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