peinture en demi-pâte

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Indrid Cold

Senior Member
English (UK)/French (FR) - Bilingual
Hello everyone;
I'm translating an art conservation report and stuck on peinture en demi-pâte. Unfortunately, this being technical, I'm unable to offer a try as I can't find anything approaching, not even in art lexicons… Can anyone be so kind…
Thanks in advance

Indrid Cold
 
  • catay

    Senior Member
    Canada anglais
    Perhaps this will help others determine the correct translation. When I read the following definitions for "demi-pâte" I thought of "scumbling," but I am not sure if this applies. It is difficult to determine without knowing more about the work of art itself or the period being referred to.

    A scumble can be a thin impasto :
    http://books.google.ca/books?id=OwA...jgK#v=onepage&q=layer in half impasto&f=false

    "la demi-pâte est une couche dont l'épaisseur moyenne constitue une transition entre le glacis, très mince, et l'empâtement en haute pâte et elle forme le revêtement général du tableau sur lequel les empâtements se surajoutent" :

    http://www.larousse.fr/encyclopedie/peinture/pâte/153759

    Demi-pâte : "Couche de peinture d'épaisseur moyenne et de consistance ni très ferme ni très fluide. Les demi-pâtes constituent l'essentiel des couches de peinture dans un tableau."
    http://mediumpeinturehuile-atelierfontaines.blogspot.ca/p/lexique-quelques-termes-techniques.html

    It could possibly refer to another technique "frotti" which is the application of a layer of semi-transparent paint:
    http://www.oil-painting-techniques.com/flemish-painting.html


     

    Denis Jacques

    New Member
    french - Canada
    Hello everyone;
    I'm translating an art conservation report and stuck on peinture en demi-pâte. Unfortunately, this being technical, I'm unable to offer a try as I can't find anything approaching, not even in art lexicons… Can anyone be so kind…
    Thanks in advance

    Indrid Cold

    There is no translation for demi-pâte française (half-dough French painting is not suitable). For my part, I always use the French expression in every language. This resinous oil painting technique which I cherish, originate from France and was masteries by the 19th century academicians as William Bouguereau. As the expression, this very difficult technique itself is not en vogue in the today universe of Arts. And I don’t know any modern art school in the world who teaches la demi-pâte française. Except mine. If I am wrong, please let me know.

    Denis Jacques.
     
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