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Verre eglomise - Reverse Glass Painting
Reverse Glass Painting - Resources for Artists
Find out about Reverse Glass Painting (also known as Verre eglomise or 'hinterglasmalerei') - where the painting is painted on one side and then viewed from the other side.
This site aims to provide a resource for those who want to find out more about this very traditional form of European painting which dates back to the Middle Ages. It's also become a traditional art in America as well.
On this site you will find links to artists, books, videos and instruction on techniques for reverse glass painting which explain the very old practice of reverse glass painting - and how to do it
The Tradition of Verre glomis or reverse glass painting
also known as hinterglas painting
Reverse glass painting is a method of painting where the artists paints the picture on glass - on the reverse side (ie the other side from that through which the glass will be viewed).
Reverse glass painting has a long history in European Painting where it has been known since the 14th century as a traditional painting technique. European names for it are Verre glomis (French) or Hinterglas painting (German).
The earliest known examples of reverse glass painting come from from the time of Constantine - in the 3rd century AD.
After that it emerged again out of the Middle Ages in 13th and 14th century Europe. At that time its primary use was to decorate furniture see some examples of how reverse glass painting has decorated furniture in the "Eaxmples" module below. Small panels of glass with designs formed by engraved gilding were applied to . The methods used are described by Cennino Cennini in Chappter XI of his book "The Craftsman's Handbook"
" Verre glomis " as a technical term name derives from a chap called Jean-Baptise Glomy (1711–1786) who was an 18th century French decorator and art-dealer. This is the man who is responsible for initiating it becoming popular again in the 18th and 19th centuries
Countries known to have well developed traditions include Germany, Austria, Romania, Yugoslavia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Reverse glass painting was a very popular folk art in the 19th century in Austria, Bavaria, Moravia, Bohemia and Slovakia. These cultures took reverse glass painting to North America when people emigrated there - and it started to develop a tradition about reverse glass painting in American art History
Mass production involved lots of home workers. Glass painting was winter employment for many farming families. Elsewhere small business thrived on a demand for reverse glass painting.
At the end of the nineteenth century the invention of photography and colour lithography suppressed demand
While a lot of the painting is focused on religious subjects - it was widely used for painting religious subjects in the Middle Ages - it has also been used to create signs and to paint more traditional subjects such as flowers, still life and landscapes.
Painting on glass began to become more popular again in the 1990s and artists using it today are finding new subjects and new styles within their approach to reverse painting on glass
The Craftsman's Handbook - by Cennino d'Andrea Cennini
This book is regarded as a "standard" in "how to" manuals for artists.
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It was written by a fifteenth century artist. It's a "how to" manual for artists working at the same time and ranges widely across various practical matters related to art eg from how to draw, to how paint frescos and how to make paint
In Chapter XI it considers how to gild glass for reliquary ornaments and how to draw on glass, how to scrape off gold and how to back up drawings with colours. In effect it's the first manual on how to do reverse glass painting
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Dover Publications (June 1, 1954)
This book is centuries old and is now never out of print - but there's never any need to revise the text as its author died some centuries ago!
About Reverse Glass Painting - also known as Verre Glomis or Hinterglasmalerei
The history of reverse glass painting varies depending on which European perspective is being used to explain it.
Reverse glass painting is the term which is becoming more frequent in order to make the art more accessible to others
Hinterglasmalerei focuses very much on the traditions of icons and folk art associated with countries in Middle Europe or the Austro Hungarian empire
- Reverse glass painting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Reverse painting on glass is an art form consisting of applying paint to a piece of glass and then viewing the image by turning the glass over and looking through the glass at the image. Verre ÃglomisÃ© is a commonly used term to refer to the art of
- Verre glomis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Verre glomis, from the French term meaning glass gilded, is a process in which the back side of glass is gilded with gold or metal leaf.
- Hinterglasmalerei - Wikipedia
When painting on glass out the contours are drawn, then painted the figures and the very end is the background painted. It will be at the painting on glass, other materials such as gold leaf or silver paper used. A variant of reverse glass painting i
- History of Eglomise glass
Brief history of Eglomise glass
Reverse Glass Painting in different countries
- No turnaround for reverse glass paintings | TalkVietnam
The art of making reverse glass paintings, once ubiquitous in homes and pagodas in Vietnam, is dying. The art and tradition of reverse glass painting was brought to Vietnam by Chinese immigrants more than a century ago and soon developed to become a
Historical Examples of Reverse Glass Painting
The folk art examples of reverse glass painting might suggest that this art is unsophisticated. However historical and modern examples of the application of reverse painting on glass suggest that the reverse is true.
In the hand of people who can paint extremely well, this is a very sophisticated form of painting.
Check out the examples below
- Magnificent House Altar from 1500s Restored | Corning Museum of Glass
A beautiful, fully restored 16th-century German house altar (59.3.39). The altar is 49.6 cm tall, and contains seven reverse-painted glass panels.
- Reverse-Painted View of the Singelgracht, Amsterdam | Corning Museum of Glass
Reverse painted perspective picture executed in transparent enamel and Schwarzlot paints. The decorated glass pane is protected on both front and back by a plain glass and wooden shutters, all mounted together into an ebonized soft wood.
- Corner Cabinet with Reverse-Painted Glass Doors | Corning Museum of Glass
Modern Corner Cabinet with Reverse-Painted Glass Doors (1941) Fontana d'Arte, Studio - Fornasetti, Piero ((Italian, 1913-1988)), Maker Ponti, Gio ((Italian, 1891-1979)), Maker
BOOK: Reverse Paintings on Glass - by Wolfgagng Steiner
This book focuses on 300 years of reverse painting on glass produced within the tradition of Hinterglas painting
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Hirmer Verlag (September 1, 2006)
BOOK: Reverse Paintings on Glass - The Ryser Collection - Rudy Eswarin (Editor)
This catalogue was published to accompany an exhibition of the unequalled Ryser collection - of reverse painting on glass - at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York
The book charts the history of this neglected art from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Almost 100 colour illustrations demonstrate the vitality and charm of these miniature portraits, landscapes and genre paintings.
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Corning Museum of Glass (June 1992)
Practical Tips for Reverse Glass Painting - Including step by step instruction in Verre Eglomise
This section aims to develop a compendium of useful sites which provide information online about reverse glass painting.
The process of reverse painting on glass has quite a few steps. The main principle is that the foreground is painted first and the background last.
- Beginners Guide to Verre Eglomise - Gold Leaf Supplies
Beginners Guide to Verre Eglomise at Gold Leaf Supplies.
VIDEO: Verre glomis by Yanny Petters (high quality) - a video on YouTube
This video comes in two parts.
- The first part covers a step by step process of producing Verre Eglomise
- The second part looks at the history and shows a number of examples of Verre Eglomise
BOOK: Gold Leaf, Paint & Glass - by Frances Federer
For those wanting tp learn more about the basics of the art of reverse glass painting, this publication covers the basics of 'verre eglomise'.
- It covers the methods, techniques and history of reverse glass gilding and painting.
- It's written by an artist with 30 years experience
- It provides clearly illustrated, step-by-step projects - including ones which are suitable for beginners and ones which are suitable for those with more experience
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Thomas Publications (September 1, 2012)
BOOK: Reverse Glass Painting: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Learning the Craft - by Anne Dimock
The author of this book is now an accredited trecher of reverse glass painting for the Historical Society of Early American Decoration.
Reverse glass painting, as demonstrated in this book, involves creating a traditional primitive picture on a piece of glass in a way that the finished image can be viewed on the opposite side of the glass.
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Stackpole Books (March 1, 2010)
Artists who produce reverse glass paintings - also known as Verre Eglomise or Hinterglas
I'm developing a list of artists who follow this tradition of reverse painting on glass - and who are also online
- MIRIAM ELLNER: Design - Verre Eglomise
Miriam Ellner: artist & designer specializing in Verre Eglomise, the technique of reverse gilding and painting on glass.
- Frances Federer, Gold on Glass - Home
Frances Federer, Gold on Glass - Home
- YANNY PETTERS - PLANT PORTRAITURE AND BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION,
PLANT PORTRAITURE AND BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION
- Bonnie Bews - Hinterglas Paintings
Hinterglas fairy paintings by artist Bonnie Bews in Muskoka, Ontario
- GlÃ¤serne Scheune / Glass Barn
The GlÃ¤serne Scheune of Rudolf Schmid Impressum Copyright � 2012 GlÃ¤serne Scheune
- Cat Kaley McCarroll
Cat Kaley McCarroll is a San Francisco painter specializing in reverse painting and gilding on glass, a technique known as verre eglomise. She creates her own paintings as well as commercial work such as mirrors, table tops and architectural accent p
- cs jonas studio - Verre Eglomise
Caroline Jonas Studio - Verre Eglomise - Reverse hand-painted glass
- Goldreverre - verre eglomise and gold leaf glass gilding, mirrors and signs
Gold leaf signwriting, gold gilding and silver leaf mirrors, Gilding on Glass, Melbourne, Australia
- suzanne reese horvitz artist statement
a reverse glass painter
- A DUTCH VERRE EGLOMISE PICTURE | BY JONAS ZEUNER, 1793 | Clocks, Marine Chronometers & Barometer
A DUTCH VERRE EGLOMISE PICTURE BY JONAS ZEUNER, 1793.
- The Ornamentalist: ÃglomisÃ© Cephalopod
Commissioned for a home in Hawaii, Nolan is a very large octopus, gilt, etched, and painted on the reverse of a 5 foot high slab of glass using a set of techniques known as verre Ã©glomisÃ©.
Signmakers who use Verre glomis
- Gilding, Verre Eglomise, Signs & Interiors in Gold, by Nick Garrett | nickgarrettsignwriter.com
Gilding, Verre Eglomise – Signs & Interiors in Gold, by Nick Garrett Retail Glass Gilding Nick Garrett Signs of London
Museums - Verre glomis or reverse glass painting in permanent collections
- VERRE EGLOMISE | Style | V&A Search the Collections
Objects included in the permanent collection of the V&A Museum in London - by style
- Verre glomis | Technique | V&A Search the Collections
Objects included in the permanent collection of the V&A Museum in London - by technique
Exhibitions of Verre eglomise or reverse glass painting
- Olivier Cornet Gallery | Home
'Floral Alchemy' - 24 April - 24 May 2013 Solo Show - ArtistÂ Â Yanny Petters Olivier Cornet Gallery 1 The Wooden Building, Exchange St Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 firstname.lastname@example.org 01 677 0280 | 087 288 7261OpeningÂ TimesÂ Tue - Sat 11am
- Verre Eglomise on Pinterest
Verre Eglomise on Pinterest
Reverse Glass Painting on Facebook
- Reverse Glass Painting - Facebook Public Group
This public group has c.350 members. It's a good place to see how reverse glass painting is practiced around the world - it includes a number of contributors from Asia.
Articles about Verre eglomise
- London Glass gilder: Verre eglomise; making antiqued Italian glass gilding, Nick Garrett | Desight
DESIGHT Sign Graphics, Design Insight - Nick Garrett