A technique for reproducing a texture or relief design by laying paper over it and rubbing it with a drawing medium, such as pencil, charcoal or crayon. Max Ernst (1891-1976) and other Surrealist artists incorporated frottage in their work. Pronunciation here. Video here.

Le Start du Cha√Ćtaigner [drawing]., 1925, Ernst, Max, 1891-1976, 2011.28Max Ernst. The Start of the Chestnut Tree. Frottage with pencil and gouache. 1925. Morgan Library and Museum, New York.