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The technique of ‘flochetage’ was invented by the artist Eugène Delacroix. Strokes of complementary and closely related colours are interwoven and blended together with flecks of paint so that the colours enhance one another.

‘Flochetage’ is particularly associated with Delacroix’s later works, notably his murals in the Chapelle des Saints-Anges of Saint-Sulpice (1849–1860), Paris and Ovid among the Scythians.