Definition of decalcomania in English:

decalcomania

Syllabification: de·cal·co·ma·ni·a
Pronunciation: /dēˌkalkəˈmānēə
 
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noun

1The process of transferring designs from prepared paper onto glass or porcelain.
1.1A technique used by some surrealist artists that involves pressing paint between sheets of paper.
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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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