frottage


frot·tage

noun \fr-ˈtäzh\

Definition of FROTTAGE

1
:  the technique of creating a design by rubbing (as with a pencil) over an object placed underneath the paper; also :  a composition so made
2
:  the act of obtaining sexual stimulation by rubbing against a person or object

Origin of FROTTAGE

French, from frotter to rub
First Known Use: 1935

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

frot·tage

noun \fr-ˈtäzh\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FROTTAGE

frottage

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Technique of obtaining an impression of a raised, incised, or textured surface by placing a piece of paper over it and rubbing it with a soft pencil or crayon. Brass rubbings taken from gravestones and funerary monuments are obtained in this way. Max Ernst pioneered the technique in the 20th century. It was much favoured by the Surrealists, since it provided a point of departure for a painting or collage expressing the imagery of the subconscious.

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