Frottage

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Frottage (from the French for "rubbing") is a surrealist and automatistic method of creative production developed by Max Ernst in which one takes, for example, a pencil, and makes a "rubbing" over a textured surface. The drawing can be either left as-is or used as the basis for further refinement. While superficially similar to brass-rubbing, frottage differs in being automatistic and aleatory in nature.


Frottage (or frotteurism) is also the act of obtaining sexual gratification by rubbing one's clothed body against another.