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  • n  the application of very thin coat of color over the surface of a picture

  • When doing a portrait, he contrived a pose that suited his view; if hands diverted attention from face, he would magisterially scumble them over, obliterating the knuckles .
  • In painting The Birth of the World, 1925, he started with the background, a scumble of brush strokes and hesitations.
  • Bacon has a trick of veiling faces with a wispy scumble of paint that creates an illusion of motion, like a photograph in which the subject moved his head.

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