Mikael and I were out eating dinner at a local restaurant The Red Rooster Roadhouse the other night, when a gentlemen at the bar said to us " I have know your work for years, but never knew what "Reverse painting on glass entailed"After an engaging conversation about the history of reverse painting and how we got involved with the process, I realized that many others might in the same position of not fully understanding the process, so I decided to look to the experts and share that information with anyone who is interested! Thanks to our friends at Wikipedia for such a great explanation of what reverse painting on glass entails!
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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. Another term used to refer to the art of cold painting and gilding on the back of glass is verre églomisé, named after the French decorator Jean-Baptiste Glomy (1711–86), who framed prints using glass that had been reverse-painted. In German it is known as Hinterglasmalerei.
The painting can be realistic or abstract. Realistic reverse paintings are more challenging to create as one must, for example, in painting a face, to put the pupil of an eye on the glass before the iris, exactly the opposite of normal painting. If this is neglected the artist will not be able to correct the error as they will not get in between the glass and the paint already applied. No such care need be taken with the abstract form, but with this form there is not a good idea how the piece will look like until it is finished. This process is not like stained or leaded glass work in that it is not intended to hang in a window with light coming through the piece. Hanging on a wall, framed or unframed, with a lot of light directed towards the piece provides best viewing.
Captain Joseph Huddart - Chinese reverse glass painting from c. 1785-9.