vernissage

vernissage
   A private showing, preview, or opening of an art exhibition — an event marking the start of an exhibition. This word was used with increasing frequency in the United States in the last decade of the 20th century. Vernissage has its roots in the old practice of setting aside a day before an exhibition's opening for artists to varnish and put finishing touches to their paintings — a tradition that reportedly dates to at least 1809, when it was instituted by England's Royal Academy of Arts. One famous member of the Academy, Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851), was notorious for making major changes to his paintings on this day. English speakers originally referred to this day of finishing touches simply as "varnishing day," but sometime around 1912 we also began using the French term "vernissage" (literally, "varnishing"). Today, however, you are more likely to encounter vino than varnish at a vernissage, which is often a gala event marking the opening of an exhibition. (pr. vayr'ni-sahzh")

Glossary of Art Terms. 2014.

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  • vernissage — [ vɛrnisaʒ ] n. m. • 1837; de vernir 1 ♦ Action de vernir (un tableau, une planche de gravure, etc.), de vernisser (une poterie). 2 ♦ (1880) Jour d ouverture d une exposition de peinture (les artistes pouvaient achever d y vernir leurs tableaux) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Vernissage — Vernissage, Salon de Paris, 1866 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Vernissage — Sf Eröffnung einer Ausstellung per. Wortschatz fach. (19. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. vernissage m., zu frz. vernir firnissen , zu frz. vernis m. Firnis , dessen weitere Herkunft nicht sicher geklärt ist. Zunächst so bezeichnet als das… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • vernissage — |vèrnisságe| s. f. Inauguração de uma exposição de arte. • Plural: vernissages.   ‣ Etimologia: palavra francesa …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • Vernissage — (franz., spr. wernißāsch , von vernis, Firnis, Lack), im Argot der Pariser Künstler Bezeichnung für den Vortrag der Eröffnung einer (Gemälde ) Ausstellung (»Firn istag«), an dem diese von besonders geladenen Gästen besucht wird (»letzte Ölung«);… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • vernissage — /vɛrni saʒ/, it. /verni s:aʒ/ s.m., fr. (propr. verniciatura , dei dipinti), in ital. invar. [cerimonia inaugurale di una mostra d arte] ▶◀ vernice. ‖ debutto. ⇑ inaugurazione …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • vernissage — /fr. vɛʀniˈsaʒ/ [vc. fr., da vernis «vernice»] s. m. inv. (di mostra) inaugurazione, vernice …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • vernissage — [ver nē sȧzh′] n. pl. vernissages [ver nēsȧzh′] [Fr, lit., varnishing (see VARNISH & AGE): in allusion to the former practice of varnishing paintings before exhibiting] the opening, or first showing, of an art exhibit …   English World dictionary

  • VERNISSAGE — n. m. Action de vernir, de vernisser. Le vernissage d’une poterie. Il se dit particulièrement en parlant des Tableaux et, par ellipse, du Jour où l’on est censé les vernir avant l’ouverture du Salon annuel, en présence d’un publie d’invités. Irez …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • Vernissage — Eröffnung einer Kunstausstellung * * * Ver|nis|sa|ge 〈[vɛrnisa:ʒə] f. 19〉 1. Eröffnung einer Ausstellung neuer Bilder eines lebenden Malers 2. 〈allg. a.〉 das Vorstellen (eines Künstlers) vor einem Publikum [zu frz. vernis „Firnis“, also die… …   Universal-Lexikon

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