Today's Hours
Museum: Closed
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Today's Hours
Museum: Closed
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Lake Franconia, New Hampshire
Lake Franconia, NH
Lake Franconia, New Hampshire is an example of a painting technique known as grisaille. Grisaille translates loosely as "gray tones" and refers to a work created using only various tones of gray, though occasionally grisaille paintings are produced in brown monochromatic shades as well. The tradition of grisaille emerged originally as an underpainting for oil paintings over which glazing layers of color would be laid. However, as engraving and other forms of black and white prints for books and magazines became popular, these works were useful as a model for the engraver to work from. It was also a popular format for producing painted depictions of sculpture. Artists sometimes used grisaille as a showcase for their abilities because, like drawings, grisaille paintings require a level of mastery that can betray the hand of the less talented.